The organization Ho’oulu Pacific took first place honors for its Waimanalo Aquaponics Project today, April 23, in Chaminade University’s Hogan Entrepreneurs/ American Savings Bank Non-profit Business Plan Competition. This was the sixth competition held at Chaminade University. More than $30,000 in prizes was awarded to the winners of the competition. The winners and their prizes were:
1st place – $12,000: Ho’oulu Pacific: Waimanalo Aquaponics Project;
2nd Place – $8,000: Big Island Substance Abuse Council: Food Truck Training Initiative;
3rd place – $4,000: Boys and Girls Club of the Big Island: Revolutionary Youth Market (RYM);
4th place – $2,000:Blue Planet Foundation: WEfficiency;
Finalists – $1,000 each: The Food Basket, Inc.: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); Imua Family Services: Inclusion Preschool (IFSIP); Pacific Gateway Center: Culinary Business Incubator; PTSD Health & Research Center: Non-Resident Pilot
Chaminade’s Hogan Entrepreneurs also combined the event with its annual graduation and induction of students during the event at Mystical Rose Oratory. This marks the 12th graduation for a unique program that encourages students to use their entrepreneurial passion and academic achievements as means to contribute to their communities.
Featured speakers included Richard Wacker, president & CEO of American Savings Bank, Ed Hogan, chair and CEO of The Hogan Family Foundation, and David Cohen, former president of Common Cause and renowned public interest lobbyist. Cohen also received the program’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Students who received this year’s Hogan Awards included:
1. Outstanding Hogan Entrepreneur – Alexandra Copney, senior majoring in History/Political Science, from Honolulu;
2.Outstanding Senior – Bernardo Equila III, Accounting, from Honolulu;
3.Outstanding Juniors – Peter Cheng, Accounting, from Honolulu, andRebekah Schlessman, International Business-Trade, from Portland, Oregon;
4.Outstanding Graduate Student – Spiros Yiannis Halkiopoulos, MBA-Finance, Athens, Greece;
5.Aloha Spirit Awards: Melyn Yamaguchi, Senior-Accounting, from Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia;Fabian Lewis, MBA, San Antonio, Texas; Jon Ilao, Junior-Business Administration, from Barrigada, Guam;and Kaelani Demapan, Junior-Psychology, from Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands.
Congratulations to all of our Hogan Entrepreneurs program graduates and new inductees at Chaminade University.
Open to all majors and undergraduates as well as graduate students (not just business majors), Chaminade University’s Hogan Entrepreneurs program recognize that any graduate has the potential to start something new. New ideas that contribute to society and the well-being of communities benefit everyone, but also can make for successful, thriving businesses. This is the variety of entrepreneurial spirit we cultivate in our program.
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2014 BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION AWARDS
Waimanalo Aquaponics Project- Ho’oulu Pacific–A lack of agricultural resources results in dependence on costly imported food. Aquaponics is six times more productive than soil-based agriculture with the capability of growing many different types of vegetables, fruit and fish. Aquaponics has not been scaled to industrial or large-commercial sizes due to complexities of maintaining a balanced ecosystem. The alternative is multiple “backyard” aquaponics systems throughout the community, which are projected to result in a social benefit of more than $13 million within ten years of operation throughout Hawaii and the Pacific Islands. 1st place – $12,000
Food Truck Training Initiative- Big Island Substance Abuse Council (BISAC)– Employment is vitally important in substance abuse recovery and is the primary vehicle for reintegrating the client into the community as a productive and contributing member and as a result making him/her feel worthwhile and self-confident. A market and training opportunity exists for a food truck in the East Hawai’i area. This program will fill this opportunity, lower crime rates and bring dignity back to the lives of those who have lost it by offering gainful employment as a necessary step to getting back on track. 2nd Place – $8,000
Revolutionary Youth Market (RYM) – Boys & Girls Club of the Big Island–Few programs exist that engage youth in Hilo. This lack of opportunity means youth have little room to grow or find constructive interests. RYM wants that to change by getting young people interested in helping their community. They will teach youth how to live off the land and have compassion for each other while getting work experience before they join the workforce. RYM members grow food with a focus on organic and sustainable processes, develop leadership skills and collect and redistribute produce that would otherwise go to waste. RYM will also help other parts of the community, including families with lower incomes not able to afford healthy and natural foods. 3rd place – $4,000
WEfficiency- Blue Planet Foundation–WEfficiency allows nonprofits to broadcast their energy efficiency needs (high efficiency lighting, AC retrofits and energy star office appliances) and secure zero-interest loans (ranging from $10s to $1000s) from an online crowd of supporters. The loans are paid off using monthly energy savings. This modern form of philanthropy will allow nonprofits to continue at less cost, the necessary and worthy work they provide for our communities.4th place – $2,000
Inclusion Preschool (IFSIP) – Imua Family Services–This program serves children age three to six living with developmental delays who fall into the gap in services offered by the State Department of Education. It offers a curriculum based preschool program for up to 24 students, bringing 18-20 typical preschoolers together with 4-6 preschoolers who have special needs. Inclusion programs like this improve social skills and learning in children with special needs while helping children without such needs to understand and appreciate individuals with disabilities.
Finalist – $1,000
Non-Resident Pilot Program- PTSD Health & Research Center–30% of veterans will develop serious mental health problems within 3-4 months of returning home and wait as long as 3 months for a 15 minute counseling session with a VA psychiatrist. The PTSD Health & Research Center intends to improve both accessibility to care and quality of care for veterans by offering complementary alternative medicines in conjunction with traditional medical treatments. Finalist – $1,000
PGC Bottling- Pacific Gateway Center’s Culinary Business Incubator–The objective of Pacific Gateway Center Bottling is to provide a local quality bottling service, complementing Pacific Gateway Center’s Culinary Business Incubator operations, to meet the needs of new-start-up businesses or existing food manufactures (sauces, drinks and syrups) looking to increase the scale of their operations. This program will decrease the numerous significant financial barriers that small scale food manufactures face due to the high cost of labor. Finalist – $1,000
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)- The Food Basket, Inc.–The Island of Hawaii has a 24% adult obesity rate. Residents have twice as much difficulty accessing healthy foods as the rest of the state because of distance and availability. The Food Basket intends to use government funding (food stamps) in conjunction with its existing infrastructure to deliver a weekly supply of fresh, locally-grown produce below market value to easily-accessible sites near the consumer. Finalist – $1,000
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE HONOLULU—April 23, 2014
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