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UOG Announces Winning Teams for Startup Weekend Micronesia | Business Section

MANGILAO (UOG) – Seven sustainability-focused business ideas from teams representing CNMI, Guam, Palau, Pohnpei and Yap emerged from the Startup Weekend Micronesia “Solve 2Day, Evolve 2Morrow” event held online April 27-29. The event was hosted by the University of Guam Entrepreneur Society Student Organization, UOG Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and Pacific Islands Small Business Development Centers 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 35 participants across five islands in Micronesia 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.

“This year’s event showcased Micronesia’s diverse communities and their sustainable ideas for solving problems in their respective islands. The passion and drive of each team just radiated through the final presentations and easily seen by everyone in attendance,” said Christasha Aguon, UOG Entrepreneur Society Manager and Head of Startup Weekend Micronesia Organizing.

The winning teams were:

First place: SCRAP (Pohnpei)

Concept: Sustainable conservation recycling of agricultural products

Members: Celena Albis, Isabel Emrhedrose Pacyaya Garcia, Erika Lynn Nakasone and Marissa Quiambao.

Second Place: WAAB Wellness Camp Package (Yap)

Concept: Yap’s first recreation center focused on holistic health

Members: Jalani Gootinmutnguy, Teresita Laarwon, Demetria Mtag, Jamilyn Mooteb, Sebastiana Tinagpitin and Joshua Tun

Third place: Recycle to print (CNMI)

Concept: Take recycled materials and create useful objects using a 3D printer

Members: Kirsten Jensen, Anushi Joshi, Sharon Paek and Vicente Juan Ythemar

Other teams that participated include: Beep! (Guam), Dachelbil (Palau), Kenehke 4 Wheels (Pohnpei) and Linguistic Learning Services (LLS) (Pohnpei).

First place winners will receive $2,500 in start-up capital with provisions, second place winners will receive three Cricut Explore machines with supplies and AirTags, and third place winners will receive entrepreneurship books, notebooks, bags and other durable goods.

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.