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DBEDT NEWS RELEASE: HTDC and Startup Paradise host “Startup Entrepreneur Day” at State Capitol on March 8

Posted on Mar 6, 2017 in Latest Department News

Event Will Feature Tech Fair and Shark Tank-Style Presentations

HONOLULU — The High Technology Development Corporation (HTDC) and Startup Paradise presents, “Startup Entrepreneur Day,” at the Hawaii State Capitol.


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

  • Tech Fair, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Shark Tank, 12 noon – 1 p.m.


State Capitol, 415 South Beretania Street

  • Tech Fair, 4th Floor
  • Shark Tank, Room 309


  • Interview HTDC’s Executive Director/CEO Robbie Melton
  • Speak with lawmakers in attendance
  • Companies demonstrating technologies and entrepreneurs making their pitch


Attendees can engage with innovative technology developed by local companies during the Tech Fair. Winners from this year’s Hawaii Venture Capitalist Association Awards will also dive into a creative Shark Tank in an attempt to persuade a panel of sharks (legislators) to choose their compelling new tech or business pitch as the winner. Celebrating the entrepreneurial spirit, the event is free and open to the public.

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Media Contacts: 

Robbie Melton
High Technology Development Corporation
Office: (808) 539-3615
Email: [email protected]

Christine Hirasa 
Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism
Phone: (808) 587-9006
Mobile: (808) 286-9017
Email: [email protected]

Jocelyn Collado or Susan Wright
Becker Communications, Inc.
Phone: (808) 533-4165
Email: [email protected] or [email protected]