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Instructors & Mentors


Janelle Bremer Headshot

Janelle Bremer is the founder of Good Clean Food Hawaii, a healthy food production and distribution company on Oahu, and Win in Food, a food industry consulting company. Janelle’s experience is in using data, financial analysis, and a strong investment in team building to achieve success in entrepreneurial environments.

Janelle has her B.S. in Accountancy from Case Western Reserve University and her MBA from the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawaii.

Pascual Castano Headshot

Pascual Castano is a start-up and small business consultant with 15 years of experience in both private and non-profit sectors. He started his career as a fashion entrepreneur in his hometown Medellin, Colombia and then moved to New York City, where he worked as a Business consultant at the Brooklyn Small Business Development Center (NYSBDC) educating entrepreneurs of all ages to navigate the challenges of starting and scaling a new business. While in New York, he also worked for two international NGOs: Seeds of Peace (SOP) and PCI Media Impact (PCI).

Pascual is passionate about the intersection between Entrepreneurship, Education, and design and his areas of expertise are business planning and innovation strategy. Pascual has his B.S. in Business from EAFIT University in Colombia and his MA in International Education from New York University.

Kate Poljakova

Kate Poljakova was born and raised in Slovakia and moved to Hawaii after she got recruited to play for University of Hawaii (UH) Division 1 Women Tennis team. After she became a team captain in her junior year, she led her team to first ever conference championship in UH Women Tennis team history. In addition to her student- athlete achievements, she was selected to represent Shidler College of Business in CFA Research Challenge. After winning the local round, her team got placed in the top 20 teams within North and South Americas region. During her studies, Kate also worked as an Academic Mentor and Financial/Accounting Tutor for student- athletes.

Kate graduated from University of Hawaii Shidler College of Business in Spring 2014, where she earned a BBA in Finance and International Business. In her role as Venture Analyst at Sultan Ventures, she focuses on financial analysis and operation support. She is also a Program Associate for XLR8UH assisting with program management.

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Peter Rowan is currently the Executive Director of PACE (Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship), and an instructor at the Shidler College of Business. He also serves as the Angel-in-Residence at XLR8UH. He was Corporate Vice President, New Ventures at Coinstar from 2001-2010. During his tenure, the company grew from $150 million to $1.3 billion in revenue, entered new lines of business and introduced innovative growth initiatives like its DVD kiosks, money transfer, and e-payment programs. At Coinstar, Peter led more than 20 acquisitions, investments and divestitures, including its investment in Redbox.

Peter has taught entrepreneurship and new venture strategy since 2005. He is active in the entrepreneurial community as an advisor, mentor and investor. He has a BA in Russian History from Cornell University, an MA in International Policy Studies and an MBA from Middlebury Institute of International Studies.