Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) Hawaii announced $5,000 in awards to three Hawaii higher education institutions that participated in a business plan competition, namely University of Hawaii (UH), Hawaii Pacific University (HPU) and Chaminade University (CU). Winners were University of Hawaii, taking first place, followed by Chaminade and HPU taking second and third places respectively.
Teams from each institution presented their business ideas to a panel of YPO Hawaii members moderated by Janet Liang, former President of Kaiser Permanente Hawaii and Event Chair. The format was inspired by the popular reality show “Shark Tank” on ABC network where entrepreneurs pitch ideas to potential investors. "It is important to encourage and support a new generation of entrepreneurs in Hawaii," said Liang.” Beyond a monetary award, each student team received valuable advice and had access to potential investors".