This business plan competition is co-hosted by the University of Hawaii at Hilo and NELHA, and is administered by the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce. The competition is open to individuals or groups (for-profit or non-profit) whose business plan focuses on developing startup or expanding a business based on Hawaii Island.*
The purpose of the Competition is to stimulate development of an entrepreneurial ecosystem on Hawaii Island. The competition encourages contestants to develop or refine their business plans towards developing viable new businesses on Hawaii Island.
A grand prize of $25,000 in seed money will be awarded to the winning plan, and a special category for the best business plans cultivated by students at UH-Hilo and Hawaii Community College/Palamanui Campus award tuition scholarships for the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters
* Please note, real estate developments are specifically excluded from the HIplan competition.