Three sustainability business plans were presented at the Startup Weekend Micronesia online event. The event was hosted by the student organization of the University of Guam Entrepreneur Society, the UOG Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and the Pacific Island Small Business Development Center Network.
With help from Northern Marianas College, College of Micronesia-FSM and SBDC centers across Micronesia, the weekend event brought together 31 participants across eight islands in Micronesia.
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Participants presented their business ideas with an emphasis on sustainability. Participants then formed teams and made plans to turn ideas into small business startups. The teams presented their startups to a jury.
“We encourage all teams to make their new business plans a reality,” said Jeresa Camacho, Head of the Entrepreneur Society at UOG.
Winners received a selection of lasting gifts as well as gift certificates and laptop bags, AirPod Pros and Yeti products.
First place: Vibin ‘Ridez
Concept: Sale, rental and maintenance of electric bicycles and scooters
Members: Members of the Northern Mariana Islands Limuel Francisco Bernal, Kevin John De Torres, Jessica Estrada, Korky Aguon and Andrew Duenas (Guam)
Second place: Unlimited Express Package
Concept: Affordable delivery service for mail and goods throughout Pohnpei
Members: Terrence Yamada (Pohnpei), Jerick Welbert (Pohnpei), Michael Panuelo (Pohnpei), Abigail Oyardo (Guam), Destini Adkins (Northern Mariana Islands)
Third place: drinking water
Concept: A drinking water solution for the inhabitants of Kosrae
Members: Emily O’Steen, Kianalynn M. Sigrah, Sepe T. Tolenna, Tolenna M. Tolenna, Trime S. George, Steve P. George (all from Kosrae)
The event is associated with Google Techstars Startup Weekend, a program launched in over 150 countries to teach aspiring entrepreneurs how to start a business.
UOG graduate students of the Professional Master of Business Administration and SBDC Pacific Islands program at UOG first introduced the Startup Weekend event model in Guam in 2014, in Saipan in 2016, and in Palau, Chuuk, Kosrae, Yap and Pohnpei for the first time. times in 2019.
This article originally appeared on Pacific Daily News: Startup Weekend Micronesia Generates Business Ideas