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PACE 2018 BPC Winners

INNOVATIVE, COLLABORATIVE MEETING SOFTWARE SOLUTION WINS 2018 UH BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION

RendezView, an innovative software solution that creates collaborative meeting environments, received first place honors at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Shidler College of Business Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship (PACE) 2018 Business Plan Competition at the Waiʻalae Country Club on May 3. Four teams competed for prize packages totaling more than $40,000 in cash and in-kind awards.

Launching in 2000, the BPC has grown to become one of the most exciting, feature events of the University entrepreneurial ecosystem. The BPC is an intense, semester-long, experiential program that provides hands-on education, mentorship and resources to students and faculty (from any of the 10 UH campuses) who seek to learn what it takes to be an entrepreneur and start a business venture. The competition encourages collaboration across disciplines, and engages a wide array of competitors from various fields including Engineering, Computer Science, Medicine, Art, Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering, Tropical Agriculture and Business. 

Through the BPC, aspiring entrepreneurs practice the art of testing the feasibility of a business idea, developing a business plan, and pitching it to investors. A series of bootcamps, networking events, and coaching sessions are held in conjunction with the BPC to enhance the competitors' experience and to help move their ventures forward. 

The HEI Charitable Foundation and the Hawaiian Electric Companies were the title sponsors. Other sponsors include Convergent Law Group, HiBEAM, Pineapple Tweed and the University of Hawaii Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation.

The results are:

FIRST PLACE – Prize package includes $10,000 cash and over $17,600 value in legal and marketing services, and co-working space membership

  • Team: RendezView
    RendezView is an innovative software solution that creates collaborative meeting environments where multiple users work together in real time with multiple files in the same virtual space from their own devices.
  • Team members: Alberto Gonzalez Martinez, Dylan Kobayashi, and Ryan Theriot. 

SECOND PLACE – Prize package includes $5,000 cash and $8,000 value in legal and marketing services

  • Team: Rose Gold Gems
    Rose Gold Gems is the “Warby Parker” of jewelry, disrupting the luxury jewelry market by offering affordable 14k solid gold, diamonds, and gemstones through a direct to consumer distribution model.
  • Team members: Kahiau Machado, Kylie Shimada, and Rose Wong 

THIRD PLACE – Prize package includes the $2,500 HiBEAM Bill Richardson Pioneer Prize and $3,000 value in legal and marketing services.

  • Team: Swipewrap
    Swipewrap is a software service that enhances the digital gifting user experience with personalized, 3D unwrappable gift boxes, which users can unwrap with their fingers on their smartphone.
  • Team members: Tom Knapp-Ramos and Jonathan Uejbe 

Title Sponsors:

HEI Logo    Hawaiian Electric Companies Logo
 
UH System Logo   Convergent Law Group Logo   Pineapple Tweed Logo  HiBEAM logo