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Judges Announced for HIplan Finals

October 25, 2018, 12:35 PM HST
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This Saturday, Oct. 27, is the HIplan 2018 Hawai‘i Island Business Plan Finals. The top 8 teams will compete for a $25,000 prize.

The teams have been practicing for the last 2 weeks and they are an impressive bunch.

HIplan will also award 6 UH Hilo scholarships, a $5000 advertising prize from Pacific Media Group, plus memberships to Hawai‘i Island Chamber of Commerce. The total prizes this year are worth more than $60,000 in cash value.

The judges this year are:

  • Murray Clay, managing partner, Ulupono Initiative
  • Howard Dicus, business reporter, Hawaii News Now
  • Shiraz Dole, program manager, Blue Startups
  • Karl Fooks, president, HTDC
  • Meli James, co-founder, Mana Up
  • Steve Sakoman, founder, Sakoman Inc.
    Jane Sawer, Hawai‘i district director, SBA

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During this final round of the competition, each of the eight finalists will be judged on their seven page written business plan, a two-minute “elevator pitch” of their plan, and their 12-minute presentation of that plan. The public is invited to attend Round 3 at UH Hilo UCB 100 at 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27.

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The eight finalists are listed in alphabetical order:

  • Big Island Coffee Roasters
  • Hawai‘i Electrical Maintenance Svcs
  • Lawaia Fresh Fish Market
  • Mauna Kea Cacao
  • Pau Hana Pet Resort
  • SRFly
  • Uncle Tilo’s Water Catchment
  • Upcycle Hawai‘i

For more information on HIplan and the Hawai‘i Island Business Plan Competition, go online or contact Jason Ueki, HIplan executive director at (808) 494-4031, or [email protected].

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