Sopogy presents in Hawaii Venture Showcase

Hawaii Venture Showcase

Thanks to Hawaii’s vibrant climate for technology start-ups, the Hawaii Venture Capital Association is proud to introduce a slate of new ventures to members and guests at its October 26, 2006 luncheon meeting. Several companies in different stages of growth will present their “elevator pitch” then participate in a “speed dating for entrepreneurs” session where investors, service providers and others can get acquainted with the entrepreneurs. “This is a fantastic opportunity to meet a host of new companies in the early stages of their growth cycle,” said Bill Spencer, President of the Hawaii Venture Capital Association. “We do not hear much about technology start-ups until they are more established. These companies all have cutting edge technologies and are very exciting to learn about at this point in their life cycle,” he said.


Companies on the roster include Labels That Talk, It’s All About Kids, Sopogy, Honua Power, SeeRescue and Williams Aerospace. The companies will give a short “elevator pitch”, which in essence is what an entrepreneur would say to a prospective investor if they found themselves in an elevator with only a few minutes to discuss the high points of their business plan. The “speed dating for entrepreneurs” session allows as many people as possible to meet the entrepreneur after they give their pitch. The Hawaii Venture Capital Association membership and meeting attendees usually include a balanced mix of angel investors and service providers from the legal, accounting and staffing community. Although meetings allow ample time for introductions and networking, this more formalized session is designed to maximize interaction between entrepreneurs seeking investment and services and those who can possibly meet some of these needs. Another important aspect of the event is to showcase companies at different stages of the venture finance continuum. Some companies are very early stage, others have received financing, but are raising additional rounds.