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From left, Omar Sultan, partner, Sultan Ventures; Greg Kim, partner, Convergent Law Group; Piia Aarma, founder, Pineapple Tweed; Sara Reo, Canine Kitchen member and Executive MBA candidate; Kyla Aki, Canine Kitchen member and Executive MBA candidate; Sean Kovacs, Canine Kitchen member and Executive MBA candidate; Connie Lau, President and CEO, Hawaiian Electric Industries; Scott Seu, Vice President of System Operation, Hawaiian Electric Company; Avelino Halagao, Manager, Corporate and Community Advancement, Hawaiian Electric Industries and Vance Roley, Dean, Shidler College of Business

The Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship (PACE) announced the winners of the 2016 UH Business Plan Competition at the Waiʻalae Country Club on April 26. Three teams competed for prize packages totaling more than $40,000 in cash and in-kind awards.

The UH Business Plan Competition is an intense, experiential program that provides mentorship, training and resources to University of Hawaiʻi students and faculty who seek to learn what it takes to be an entrepreneur and start a business venture.

As part of the title sponsorship, Hawaiian Electric Industries President and CEO Connie Lau presented the first place prize and Hawaiian Electric Company System Operation Vice President Scott Seu served as a finals judge. Other sponsors include, XLR8UH, Convergent Law Group and Pineapple Tweed.

First place

Canine Kitchen
Team members: Kyla Aki, Curtis Evans, Sean Kovacs and Sara Reo

Canine Kitchen provides fresh daily meals for dogs using simple, healthy and USDA approved ingredients.

Prize package includes $10,000 cash and more than $12,500 value in legal and marketing services.

Second place

Alice’s Fresh
Team members: Alice Caldwell, Isaac Floyd, Reyn Kaupiko, Thijs Peekstok and Alice Sharp

Alice’s Fresh utilizes precision agriculture for local organic produce.

Prize package includes $5,000 cash and $8,000 value in legal and marketing services.

Third place

My Eyes
Team members: Shiraz Dole and Kathy Oyadomari

My Eyes allows users to give their own directions by compiling pictures, short videos, voice memos, text notes and geotags into a chronological list.

Prize package includes $2,500 cash and $3,000 value in legal and marketing services.

A Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship news release

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