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MEDB to offer free business workshops

By Staff | May 5, 2016

Get ready for Startup Weekend Maui with two free workshops: “Business Model Canvas and Lean Startup Overview” on Thursday, May 5, and “Pitch Bootcamp” on Tuesday, May 10.

KIHEI – In preparation for the third annual Startup Weekend Maui on May 13-15, Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB) is offering two free workshops: “Business Model Canvas and Lean Startup Overview” on Thursday, May 5, and “Pitch Bootcamp” on Tuesday, May 10.

These sessions provide an opportunity to prepare for and/or learn more about Startup Weekend Maui, an empowering event that will provide entrepreneurs with an opportunity to learn how to launch a company in 54 hours.

Both workshops will be held at MEDB’s Malcolm Center at 1305 North Holopono St. in Kihei from 5 to 8 p.m.

The first workshop will present a template for developing new or documenting existing business models. Led by the winning team of Sultan Ventures and XLR8UH, this crash course will offer a powerful visual management tool outlining elements of a firm or product’s value proposition, its customers and finances. The resulting data will help you align and evaluate your business activities by recognizing potential tradeoffs in a much easier and effective way – important information for any entrepreneur.

The “Pitch Bootcamp” will bring community entrepreneurs together to perfect their startup pitches and receive feedback from peers and mentors. Participants will also gain helpful tips on crafting a strong 60-second pitch for their startup idea and have an opportunity to hone their presentation skills through practice sessions.

“These events are a great ramp-up to Startup Weekend Maui and will help participants have the best startup experience possible,” said Frank De Rego Jr., director of business development projects at Maui Economic Development Board. “Come join us to sharpen your entrepreneurial chops to get the most out of the intense, fast-paced Startup Weekend and to get a taste of how the Lean Startup methodology can help you reimagine how to do business.”

To register for the two workshops and the 2016 Startup Weekend Maui, visit bit.ly/startupmaui2016 or contact Jessica Crouse at info@hightechmaui.com or (808) 270-6811.

Startup Weekend Maui is presented by the Maui Economic Development Board. Event sponsors include the County of Maui Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, High Technology Development Corporation, Hawaii Strategic Development Corporation, HI-Growth Initiative and Pacific Media Group.