Blue Startups this week announced the eight companies that will be part of Cohort #12, which were selected from nearly 500 applications and several “rigorous rounds of evaluations.”

“We kickstarted the recruitment for our next cohort just before the pandemic made its way into Hawaii and going into full force across the world,” the accelerator program said in its announcement. “Our original plans and timelines were cast into disarray, but after all the uncertainty over the past couple of months, we are so excited to present our new batch of startups.”

The companies were selected in part based on United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), and how well they and their founders aligned with relevant factors:

Founder Focus

  • Cross-border between Asia and the U.S. (East Meets West)
  • Hawaii-based or Hawaii-connected
  • Female founded or co-founded.

Sector Focus

  • Business-to-business software solutions
  • Responsible consumption, carbon reduction and smart cities
  • Sustainable tourism

The eight companies that will be participating in the Blue Startups program are:

3Rwater Inc – Enhancing Water Security

3Rwater Inc developed the Follow the Drop mobile application (FtD) to build water security and resiliency. FtD supports water/stormwater utilities and their customers to reduce their stormwater runoff impacts, build resiliency, and save money.

https://www.3r-water.com/

Appsurify – Optimizing Software Testing

Appsurify helps companies test smarter using its software intelligence platform. Through machine learning, Appsurify enables companies to prioritize their testing processes, leading to faster releases and reducing the cost of test execution.

https://appsurify.com/

Energy311 – Utility Billing for Renewable Energy

Energy311 automates the tracking, billing, and payment for electricity usage from renewable sources. Through data collected from e-meters, commercial property owners receive payment from tenants conveniently.

https://www.energy311.com/

Kind Traveler – Empowering Travelers To Do Good

Kind Traveler is the first socially-conscious Give + Get hotel booking platform where travelers unlock exclusive rates/perks from Kind Hotels by donating $10 each night to a vetted charity, in turn positively impacting local communities.

https://www.kindtraveler.com/explore

Liquid Presentation – Automating Liquor Promotions

Liquid Presentation is a proven patented SaaS platform for quadrupling individual representatives’ sales volume in the liquor distribution industry. The company has successfully reduced the sales and brand-building cycle from weeks to minutes.

https://www.liquidpresentation.com/#/

Leadroommate – Maximizing Home Rental Potential

Leadroommate is a web app that helps homeowners rent to roommates conveniently. Through the app, homeowners can earn extra income while renters who help manage other roommates, enjoy lower rent.

https://webapp.leadroommate.com/home

Rendezview – Re-Creating Offline Collaboration Experiences Online

Rendezview provides virtual collaborative workspaces for online meetings, allowing distributed teams to meet and work together as if they’re in the same room.

https://www.rendezview.io/

Usit – Creating An Alternative Mode of Childcare

Usit provides a platform to create virtual after-school clubs for kids that are led by college student counselors from around the world. Kids are kept engaged in live, unique, and small groups.

https://klubs.usit.care/

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