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MOBILE CHALLENGE ASIA PACIFIC ANNOUNCES FINALISTS TO COMPETE AT EAST MEETS WEST CONFERENCE
30 Mobile Startups from 10 Countries Arrive in Honolulu January 14th to Compete

HONOLULU — January 4th, 2015 — TechCrunch Top 20 accelerator Blue Startups has teamed up with Mobile Challenge Asia Pacific (MCAP) to hold its regional finals in Hawaii as part of the second annual East Meets West Conference (EMW’16) on Jan. 14–15.

Organized by J-Seed Ventures and IE Business School, the No. 1-ranked business school in Europe, MCAP attracts the hottest new mobile startups and early-stage ventures from ten countries in the Asia Pacific region. The top three ventures from MCAP country semifinals in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Taiwan, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, China and Hawaii will present their mobile-related applications, software and hardware ideas in front of a distinguished panel of judges and peers at EMW’16.

The top three companies from the Asia Pacific region will win an opportunity to showcase their businesses on the big stage at the GSMA Mobile World Congress, Feb. 22–25, 2016, in Barcelona, Spain. There, teams will have the opportunity to pitch their ideas to tech and telecommunications giants, and rub shoulders with more than 94,000 attendees in the fast-growing mobile industry.

EMW’16 will also provide opportunities for speakers and participants from around the region to engage in deal making, learning and networking. The cross-cultural event targets investors and entrepreneurs from Asia, Hawaii and the U.S. Mainland, with a focus on exploring global trends and growth in Asian markets.

The finalists for the MCAP competition include a broad range of mobile technologies from consumer apps to mobile interactive hardware.  The State of Hawaii is excited to host this groundbreaking gathering of talent and technology in Honolulu.  A sample of companies participating:

  • enTouch connects pharmaceutical companies to doctors via online technologies. (Japan)
  • We Alert aims to eradicate dengue fever & community problems with mobile app technology (Malaysia).
  • Gamenami enables small businesses and gamers to help each other through gamification (Singapore).
  • Vcool makes it easy for any iPhone user to produce a professional video with friends together, record a memory event and share (Taiwan).
  • Spincle is a mobile app to capture 360 video by spinning your smartphone in a circle (Hong Kong).
  • iFirst Medical makes smartphone based treatment and triage diagnostic devices designed to save lives at the point of injury and point of care (Hawaii).

Click Here for a complete List of MCAP Finalists

MCAP 2015–2016 and EMW’16 are made possible by the Hawaii Strategic Development Corporation and the State of Hawaii. For more information, or to attend EMW’16, visit eastmeetswest.co.

About Blue Startups
Blue Startups is a Top 20 Accelerator in the US (Techcrunch) focused on helping scalable-technology companies compete on a global scale. With deep domain expertise in international travel technology and an extensive network in Asia, Blue Startups is fast becoming a nexus of entrepreneurial activity in Hawai‘i, and between Asia and Continental U.S. Blue Startups was founded by Henk Rogers, founder of the Tetris Company and Chenoa Farnsworth of Hawaii Angels in 2012 and has been a full member of the Global Accelerator Network since 2013. Blue Startups is funded by the State of Hawaii, Hawaii Strategic Development Corporation, and private investors. www.bluestartups.com

About Mobile Challenge Asia Pacific
Mobile Challenge Asia Pacific (MCAP) is organized by J-Seed Ventures and IE Business School. The overall vision of the MCAP competition is to create opportunities for employment for youth; increase dialogue between developers and industry partners; and evolve and accelerate innovative ideas and concepts into viable businesses. Since launching in 2014, more than 350 teams from Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Taiwan, China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea and Malaysia have competed – developing mobile solutions that address specific needs in education, healthcare, finance, and entertainment. www.mobile-asia.com

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