Students Win Hawai‘i Business Plan Competition Scholarship

Six students awarded a scholarship for their business plan by the Hawai‘i Business Plan Competition

Staff Writer Clara Scheidle, Photo Courtesy of Clara Scheidle

Three winners posing with their award certificate

“We’ve been working on this for almost a year and a half now, so it's really cool to get an award for this and be recognized.” -George Donev

The Hawaiʻi Business Plan competition took place over the weekend on Oct. 27 in UCB. Three groups were awarded varying degrees of money for the business plans they presented at the event. One of these groups was composed entirely of students: four high schoolers and two UH Hilo students.

These students get free tuition, for the fall 2019 and spring 2020 semesters, provided that they are attending UH Hilo.

Awardee and UH Hilo student George Donev says that the prize is “a really good indicator of their success and potential.” Their business plan centered around a website they’ve been working on for almost a year and a half now, called Student Corner. This website “allows students to present their projects and portfolio easily to college admissions and other professional inquiries.”

“We’re planning on expanding this to a professional business venture and applying to startup accelerators,” Donev says. “So it's really awesome to be recognized.”

The website that Donev and his team have been creating is currently in open beta, and can be visited any time at

George Donev works as a Webmaster for Ke Kalahea.