MANGILAO (UOG) – Three sustainability-focused business plans emerged from the Startup Weekend Micronesia event hosted online from April 31 to May 2 by student organization University of Guam Entrepreneur Society, the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation of UOG and the Pacific Islands Small Business Development Center Network.
With the help of Northern Marianas College, College of Micronesia-FSM and SBDC centers across Micronesia, the weekend-long event brought together a total of 31 participants across eight Micronesian islands with the dream of creating their own business.
Participants presented their business ideas with a focus on sustainability. Participants then formed teams and developed business plans to turn the most feasible ideas into small start-ups. Teams pitched their startups to a panel of judges who determined the winners.
“We encourage all teams to bring their new business plans to fruition,” said Jeresa Camacho, head of the Entrepreneur Society at UOG.
The winning teams were:
First place: Vibin’ Ridez
Concept: Sale, rental and maintenance of electric bicycles and scooters
Members: Limuel Francisco Bernal (CNMI), Kevin John De Torres (CNMI), Jessica Estrada (CNMI), Korky Aguon (CNMI), 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 (CNMI)
Third place: safe drinking water
Concept: A safe drinking water solution for the people of Kosrae
Members: Emily O’Steen, Kianalynn M. Sigrah, Sepe T. Tolenna, Tolenna M. Tolenna, Trime S. George, Steve P. George (all of Kosrae)
Winners received a selection of sustainable gifts as well as gift certificates and laptop bags, AirPods Pro and Yeti merchandise.
The event is associated with Google Techstars Startup Weekend, a program launched in more than 150 countries around the world that teaches budding entrepreneurs how to start a real business.
UOG graduate students in the Professional Masters of Business Administration program and UOG’s Pacific Islands SBDC first introduced the Startup Weekend event model in Guam in 2014, Saipan in 2016 and in Palau, Chuuk, Kosrae, Yap and Pohnpei for the first time. weather in 2019.