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Pitching a new business idea or strategy is one of the most stressful parts of an entrepreneur’s journey. Successful pitches help secure financing or land partners. Part I of this session will cover the different types of pitches (elevator, short-form, long-form) and what funders look for in a pitch. In Part II, attendees will practice their pitches in small groups that include a venture capital facilitator providing individual feedback.

Part of the Women Entrepreneurs Conference.


  • Moderator: Colleen McAluney, Director, Patsy T. Mink Center for Business & Leadership


  • Meli James, Co-Founder, Mana Up
  • Chenoa Farnsworth, Managing Partner, Blue Startups
  • Darien Siguenza, Program Director, FoundHer
  • Donavan Kealoha, Managing Director, Startup Capital Ventures x SBI
  • Keoni Lee, CEO, Hawaii Investment Ready
  • Pia Chock, Food Systems Investment Fund Manager, Kamehameha Schools

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