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Application: Island Innovation Demo Day 2021

If you are a startup who wants to pitch at this event, please use this application. Our demo day is an online pitch event for Hawaii or Hawaii-related startups to connect with Japanese investors and corporate partners to pursue their visions to look for opportunities in the Japanese market or funding from Japan.

Apply now, selected startups will be notified and invited to the demo day!
Application deadline: October 8th


  • The pitch event will be completely online. Presenters don’t have to be in Hawaii.

  • 5-6 Hawaii or Hawaii-related startups will be selected as finalists to pitch on November 18th.

  • Each startup will have 7 minutes to pitch and a 5 minute Q&A session.

  • Speaker sessions and networking events will be held on November 18th and will continue into November 19th.

  • An in-person networking event will be held in Hawaii but is subject to change depending on COVID-19 restrictions. 


  • We are looking for startups with solutions and ideas for ESGs problems, especially in Japan or other island communities.

  • We are focused on renewable energy, environmental monitoring or controlling, food sustainability, and woman empowerment.

  • We do not limit our industry focus as long as your solutions relate to the ESGs theme. 

  • Preferable startup sizes are Seed and Series A.


  • Startups should have solutions and ideas to solve ESGs problems.

  • Startups must be interested in or looking to the Japanese market for future expansion.

  • We prefer startups that have traction or prototypes to demonstrate the concept.

  • Startups should be located in or started from Hawaii or have done projects/programs in Hawaii.

  • In order to avoid future conflicts and fraud information to protect all of the attendees, all applicants must agree to our Terms & Conditions.


  • Applicant finalists will have access to mentors to prepare for their November 18th pitch.

  • Investment deal flow opportunity for the first place winner.

  • 1-hour one-on-one free mentorship session with Japanese investors and Corporate VC for the first-place winner.

  • Free membership for 1 year at BoxJelly for the first-place winner.

  • Professional feedbacks from Japanese investors and Corporate VCs for applicant finalists.


  • Application deadline: October 8th. 

  • Semi-finalists will be announced on October 13th. 

  • All of the finalists will be announced by October 20th.

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