2018 Best Tech Startups in Hawaii

The Tech Tribune staff has compiled the very best tech startups in Hawaii. In doing our research, we considered several factors including but not limited to:

  1. Revenue potential
  2. Leadership team
  3. Brand/product traction
  4. Competitive landscape

Additionally, all companies must be independent (unacquired), privately owned, at most 10 years old, and have received at least one round of funding in order to qualify.

Looking for a badge to celebrate your awesome accomplishment? Find it here!

1. TruTag Technologies

TruTag Technologies

Founded: 2011

“TruTag Technologies, Inc. is a leading security and technology solution provider serving businesses and governments around the world. TruTag is dedicated to the development of precision-fabricated nano-porous silica for a variety of applications and security solutions, including product identity for pharmaceutical and nutraceutical companies; secure labels and documents; and precision drug delivery systems for biotech companies. TruTag’s technology platform expertise also includes advanced hyperspectral imaging solutions, which can be applied to a broad array of market applications from medical diagnostics to machine vision.”

2. Virtual Fantasy League

Virtual Fantasy League

Founded: 2015

Also honored in: 2018 Best Tech Startups in Honolulu

“Virtual Fantasy League (VFL) is a social mobile game studio specializing in competitive games. Our revolutionary first product combines gameplay with real life sporting events and the result is an incredibly intense sports experience. We gamify fantasy sports with a focus on fun rather than money – imagine poker with wildcards. Compete agains friends, get super power-ups and brace yourself for the ultimate rush.”

3. Smart Yields

Smart Yields

Founded: 2015

Also honored in: 2018 Best Tech Startups in Honolulu

“Smart Yields is building a real-time dashboard to help farmers stay on top of farm conditions, track trends, quickly identify problems, and adjust inputs to optimize their operations and increase their production. We are a Hawaii-based smart farm software startup with expertise in green/ag tech, sensors, telemetry, data analytics, and visualization.”

4. HealthTechApps, Inc.

HealthTechApps, Inc.

Founded: 2012

Also honored in: 2018 Best Tech Startups in Honolulu

“HealthTechApps, Inc. creates technologies that make better health easier to achieve for people everywhere. We focus on creating apps to help people with brain injuries and illnesses.

We are commercializing MePrint™, a mobile and wearable app, to help athletes and their physicians recognize, monitor and manage a sports concussion. We leverage artificial intelligence (AI) and cognitive computing to help physicians analyze videos and develop personalized treatment plans. We have tested our MePrint prototype with hundreds of high school football players in California and Hawaii and 92% of the players said they will use it to monitor and manage their concussion.”

5. NestEggGuru


Founded: 2012

Also honored in: 2018 Best Tech Startups in Honolulu

“Nest Egg Guru is an intuitive web-based application that enables financial advisors to more realistically stress-test retirement savings and spending strategies and to easily illustrate how changing factors that are within their clients’ control may impact the outcomes.

The application fills a need in the independent advisor space for a retirement planning tool with an intuitive design, powerful functionality and that produces easily understandable results. Nest Egg Guru provides all of these and also meets advisor demand for a low subscription cost and a client-facing private label portal.

Although independent financial advisors are the primary initial target market, there is also a free version available for consumers that has functionality well beyond most free online calculators.”

6. Huedoku


Founded: 2014

Also honored in: 2018 Best Tech Startups in Honolulu

“From your colors, we do the math, applying centuries of color breakthroughs and the wonders of digital technology to blend a perfectly balanced harmonious color puzzle.

Optical encryption?

We prefer to think of it as gift wrapping.

You share your photo, wrapped in a puzzle– make it easy, solved in a matter of seconds, or more challenging. It’s up to you.

We take pride in carrying on the legacy of the great color masters throughout history.

It’s easy to get consumed on social media with superficial desires for affirmation, often without feeling a true connection. Huedoku offers an authentic and novel way to share photos that deepens your engagement with your friends on social media.

Are you really looking?

With the digital technology of the 21st century making color more accessible, our mission is to bring color grammar and visual literacy to all.”