Save The Date East Meets West 2019 3

East Meets West will be returning on January 31 - February 1, 2019! Don't miss out on this event as there will amazing speakers, activities, networking opportunities, and pitches! Register Today for Early, Early Bird Pricing!

Check out the video from our 2018 event - you won't want to miss this in 2019!

East Meets West is the startup event of the year in Hawaii – bringing together investors and entrepreneurs 
from Asia, 
Hawai`i and North America. EMW features amazing international speakers, deep-dive learning opportunities, and ample networking in a tropical Startup Paradise.

Our 2019 event will focus on Influencers & Innovators in the global economy.


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Wissam Otaky, CFA - Partner; Hatcher+

Blue Startups Singapore co-investment partner - Hatcher+ Partner (Singapore)

Wissam is a serial entrepreneur, investor and operator. In addition to co-founding Dubai Angel Investors, Wissam helped lead a high-growth e-commerce startup in the Middle East and held a variety of entrepreneurial positions at Dubai Contracting Company where he handled expansion and growth functions. Wissam acted as co-Managing Partner of Hatcher’s US$20Mn Fund I, and now heads up the Hatcher+ Early Stage Co-investment Network worldwide making Hatcher+ one of the most active investors in the world. He co-founded 2 startups early on in his career in Montreal, Canada.


Corey Blake, CEO; MWI

Co-founder Digital Marketing Agency firm with offices in US, Hong Kong, China and the UK (Hawaii)

Corey Blake is a husband, father, and digital entrepreneur. Corey is the President and Partner at MWI, a global digital marketing agency that dedicates itself to helping great client partners thrive in their respective industries online. MWI is a multi-million dollar international agency with offices in the US, Hong Kong, and Shenzhen, China. As CEO at MWI, Corey oversees all culture, business development, internal growth, and expansion of MWI’s mission to new areas around the globe. Corey’s passion for high quality communication, proactive hustle, and personal growth has helped him lead MWI to what it is today.

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Sascha Scheider, Co-Founder and CEO; Plotagraph

Co-Founder and CEO of Plotagraph - an Apple featured app (Hawaii)

Plotagraph CEO and cofounder, Sascha Scheider, created the first online business at age 17 to connect artists and gallery spaces. Sascha grew up in the film business and is the granddaughter of Late actor Roy Scheider, known for Jaws, French Connection & All That Jazz. Artist and Business major, Scheider studied in Florence, Italy for 4 years, before returning to The States, where she met her partner in business and life, Troy Christopher Plota. Their first to market software, Photograph, was featured by Apple, and is listed on Facebook’s “Top 5 Photo Apps” and this year’s MarketWatch list for Top Product Innovations and Product Introductions. Plotagraph got over 4 million downloads this past year alone and is used by top brands and celebrities, instantly tripling their engagement on social media.

John Frankel

John Frankel, Founding Partner; ff Venture Capital

Founding Partner of ff Venture Capital (US)

John Frankel is the founding partner of ff Venture Capital. He founded the firm in 2008 and has been a seed- and early-stage investor since late 1999. John focuses on advising and growing technology and technology-enabled companies across emerging industries, including artificial intelligence, cyber security, drones, enterprise software, crowdfunding, and data analytics, among others. He has served on the boards of more than 35 companies and has led investments in more than 80 companies, including Cornerstone OnDemand (CSOD), Indiegogo, Ionic Security, Unikey, Skycatch, Plated, 500px, Distil Networks, Pebblepost, and Owlet.

Chris Hemmeter

Chris Hemmeter, Managing Director; Thayer Ventures

Head of Travel Tech Fund coming to EMW! (US)

Chris has spent his entire professional life in and around startups and high-growth businesses in travel, hospitality and technology having founded six companies during his 30 years in business. Today he is a co-founder and Managing Director of Thayer Ventures, a venture capital firm investing in emerging technology companies in the travel and transportation space. Immediately Prior to Thayer Ventures, Chris was founder and President of iCare Marketing (sold to Sysco Foodservice Corporation in 2012) and founder and CEO of Dynamic Payment Ventures (sold to Elavon, a subsidiary of US Bank in 2007).


Agenda Highlights

Fireside Chats, Keynotes and Panels

1-on-1 mentor meetings with speakers and investors

East/West Pitch Competition

Honolulu ecosystem tour of innovation spaces

Entrepreneurs Workshop - tactical advice for founders

Networking in Paradise - hiking, standup paddling, etc.


Innovation from Asia


Global Influencers


Hawaiian Perspectives


Call for Pitches

Join us at East Meets West for our startup showcase! If you are a startup, please apply here to be considered for a pitching opportunity in front of top-tier investors from companies like GGV Capital and Aspect Ventures.


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Mana Up Holiday Showcase

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Join Mana Up for their Holiday Showcase at T Galleria by DFS. The Showcase will feature presentations from Mana Up's second cohort -- some of Hawaii's fastest growing local products -- followed by a reception with drinks, tastings, and a local product marketplace. Hear the stories behind Hawai'i's creatives and see how they are bringing to the world what really makes Hawai'i special. Register here.


WetWare Wednesday

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Come celebrate Cyber Security Awareness Month and Halloween at WetWare Wednesday! Brought to you by Booz Allen Hamilton and Kapiolani Community College and featuring the HATS team and their latest projects! Register here.


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