Thirty-three student-entrepreneurs graduated today from Chaminade University’s prestigious Hogan Entrepreneurs program.  Bill Spencer, president of Hawaii Venture Capital Association and co-founder and CEO of Hawaii Oceanic Technology, Inc, was also honored by the program with its Lifetime Entrepreneurial Achievement Award. This is only the third time that this prestigious award has been given out in 12 years. The event held in the Mystical Rose Oratory at Chaminade University, also was an opportunity to recognize eight outstanding student-entrepreneurs and welcome 23 new Hogan inductees. Dr. Hank Wuh, CEO of Skai Ventures, was keynote speaker.

Chaminade student-entrepreneurs receiving 2013 Hogan Student Awards included: Outstanding Hogan Entrepreneur – Devan Rostorfer from Eaton Rapids, Michigan (majoring Biology); Outstanding Senior – Matilda Kruse from Leone, American Samoa (majoring International Trade); Outstanding Junior Co-Awardees Cassin Muramoto from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii (majoring Business Administration) and Samuel Galloway from Copley, Ohio (majoring Business Administration); Community Service -Dominique Bocanegra from San Francisco, California (majoring Criminal Justice); and three Aloha Awards given to Liana McComie from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (majoring Forensic Science), Kristeme Manceras from Honolulu (majoring International Trade) and Claudia Chan from Hong Kong (majoring Communication-Marketing).

Chaminade University’s Hogan Entrepreneurs program is designed to equip students to hit the ground running when they leave Chaminade, with new skills, extensive connections, and the mind set to start new things wherever their careers may lead them. Open to all majors and undergraduates as well as graduate students, (not just business majors), the Hogan Entrepreneurs program recognizes 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. The unique entrepreneurial program encourages students to use their entrepreneurial passion and academic achievements as a means to contribute to their communities and has been in existence for 12 years, thanks to the generous support of the Hogan Family Foundation. The entrepreneurial spirit cultivated in the program is captured in its motto of “Doing business things that make social sense. Doing social things that make business sense.”

Educating students for life, service and successful careers, Chaminade University is a Catholic/ Marianist university offering programs of study grounded in the liberal arts with day, evening, online and accelerated courses. A Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander serving institution, Chaminade is located at 3140 Waialae Ave., Honolulu, HI 9681, which is its main campus. It also has nine satellite locations around Oahu. Chaminade University is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and looks forward to increased opportunities to promote environmental sustainability. For more information, visit the Chaminade Web site at or call (808) 735-4711. ###

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Bill Spencer, a seasoned serial entrepreneur and long time President of the Hawaii Venture Capital Association, serves as the CEO of Hawaii Oceanic Technology, Inc., a high-tech open ocean fish farming technology business. Mr. Spencer has an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and a Master of Health Science from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is a lead mentor for the  Blue Startups venture accelerator and co-founder of HI Impact, an organization devoted to educating entrepreneurs about socially responsible investing.  Bill was a founding member of the Hawaii Ecotourism Association and has served on the executive board of the Hawaii Angels investor network since its inception in 2002. He has been acknowledged as “Financial Services Champion″ by the U.S. Small Business Administration for Hawaii and Region IX (California, Arizona, and Nevada). A more in-depth biography for Mr. Spencer has been included.

An orthopedic surgeon, inventor, and entrepreneur, Dr. Hank C. K. Wuh has led the development of over twenty biomedical and consumer healthcare products from concept to global commercialization. He holds numerous issued and pending patents covering a broad range of innovations.

Dr. Wuh received his B.A. in Human Biology from the Johns Hopkins University, Masters in Public Health from Harvard University, and Medical Doctorate from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Wuh was Resident and Chief Resident in Orthopedic Surgery at the Stanford University Medical Center. He was elected Class Marshal at Harvard, and was twice winner of the Vernon P. Thompson Prize for outstanding research in orthopedic surgery at Stanford. Dr. Wuh was named the 2008 Invention Entrepreneur of the Year by the Hawaii Venture Capital Association, and was nominated in 2010 for The National Medal of Technology and Innovation. Dr. Wuh grew up in Honolulu, and is fluent in Chinese Mandarin.


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