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Choose your Favorite from Startup Weekend Honolulu

Which of the three finalists at Startup Weekend Honolulu has the best chance of success? Please vote for one of these three startups using the poll on the right column of this page. Here’s how they finished at the #SWHNL event April 12-14 and what each is all about:

1st Place: Wrappily

Wrappily (www.wrappily.com) offers an environmentally sound alternative within the U.S.’s $2.6 billion-a-year giftwrap industry. Conventional gift-wrap is largely unrecyclable; Wrappily would use newsprint and soy-based inks as an alternative to the glossy, foiled, heavily rolled paper that is commonly used. Wrappily plans to compensate for its ecofriendly but less slick paper with design innovations:

  • Crowdsourcing designs online.
  • Building a community of people who would vote on designs.
  • Offering royalties or fees to winning designers.

2nd Place: Internia

Internia (www.internia.co) is a website that connects students seeking internships with startup companies, incubators, accelerators and other entrepreneurial organizations. It seeks to set a standard of quality interns that other methods cannot match by functioning as a networking tool with which students can rate the startups they’ve worked for and startups can rate their interns. For companies seeking interns:

  • The first post is free. Additional posts are $30.
  • A monthly subscription can be purchased for $70 and includes three internship postings.
  • For $600, a company can make unlimited postings for a year.

3rd Place: iHear

With an initial target market of 38 million hearing-impaired Americans, iHear (www.ihearapp.com) would offer a mobile app that events, venues and others could use to reach those who are deaf or hard of hearing, and comply with government accessibility regulations. Mobile users could download the application for free and use it in participating venues. For monthly rates ranging from $59.95 to $199.95, venues and other subscribers would receive:

  • A data source/storage for all events and interfaces.
  • Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, which requires that public facilities provide effective communication to all customers.

The next Startup Weekend Honolulu is planned for Sept. 20 to 22, 2013. Stay up to date and stay connected at Honolulu.StartupWeekend.org, on its Facebook page, Twitter (@swhnl). A full livestream of the April 2013 event is also online.

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Startup Weekend Honolulu (April 2013)