Two Pitch Competitions Converge on Tuesday


Local teams competing for 2 different business innovation competitions, one national and yet another worldwide, will get together on a single stage for any &#8220double-threat pitch off.&#8221 The winning teams from each will are able to mix the ocean to compete in an even greater level.

logo-mcap-400x100First of all, the &#8220Mobile Challenge Asia Off-shore&#8221 (MCAP) has been organized by Blue Online companies, a technology accelerator founded by Henk Rogers of Blue Planet Software. Tuesday&#8217s competition will identify runners up which will go onto the regional finals, that's being integrated into the East Meets West Conference in The month of january. There, teams will compete for an opportunity to sign up in the Mobile World Congress finals in Barcelona, The country, in Feb.


HONOLULU - In the 10 years that have passed since the Oregon

football team's 1994 Rose Bowl season, the year that changed the

definition of success for UO football, a handful of Ducks from that team

have remained in the public eye.

Linebacker Rich Ruhl has an insurance office in town, while

starting quarterback Danny O'Neil is a prominent voice in the local

Christian community, and linebacker Reggie Jordan is the UO athletic

department's academic coordinator.

On a national level, safety Chad Cota recently retired after a

career in the NFL, and '94 backup quarterback Tony Graziani can

still be seen in Arena Football League telecasts, playing for the Los

Angeles Avengers.

Those stories stand in stark contrast to the case of Silila and

Tasi Malepeai, the brothers who started in the trenches for the Ducks

against Penn State in the Rose Bowl of New Year's Day 1995.

Silila, then a senior nose tackle, and Tasi, a sophomore offensive

lineman on that team, are each in federal prison for their roles in a

drug conspiracy in Hawaii, where they attended high school after being

born in American Samoa, and where they returned after finishing school at Oregon.

The Malepeais were arrested in March 2002 along with more than 30

co-conspirators, including their older brother Amako. Both Silila and

Tasi eventually entered a guilty plea to the charge of conspiring to

distribute in excess of 50 grams of methamphetamine and in excess of 500

grams of cocaine, though prosecutors said the actual amount of drugs

involved was significantly more.

Tasi, who prosecutors say played a key role in the drug ring, is

still awaiting sentencing, while Silila was sentenced to 70 months in

prison last December.

The charges against the pair carried a mandatory term of 10 years,

but Silila had his sentence reduced due to the minor role he played in

the conspiracy, as well as his lack of prior criminal history, along

with other factors. Tasi, on the other hand, will likely face at least

the minimum 10 years when he is sentenced, probably early next year,

according to lawyers involved with the case.

The conspiracy

Federal prosecutors said the conspiracy began no later than 2000,

and involved importing drugs from California through Oahu, to eventually

be distributed on the island of Maui. Hawaii is the nation's

largest consumer of meth, particularly the smokable, crystallized form

that is known as "ice" on the islands, according to a Honolulu

Star-Bulletin series on the epidemic in September 2003.

According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom Muehluck, who prosecuted

the case, Tasi and Amako Malepeai were "in the top 10 percent"

of the conspirators in terms of their involvement.

"Both Amako and Tasi are looking at much more than 120 months

because of the amount of dope," Muehluck said, adding that they

were "selling a lot of dope on the other islands. Pounds of


Having been sentenced already, Silila Malepeai is imprisoned at

Federal Prison Camp Nellis, a minimum-security facility in Las Vegas,

and hopes to be released in December 2005.

Silila Malepeai, Muehluck said, was in "the bottom third"

of the conspiracy. Muehluck said prosecutors believed Silila might have

been involved in helping Amako plan a robbery they hoped would yield

cash to buy drugs, but Silila said in a letter from prison that his


MCAP is about mobile applications, software. Hardware, including mobile online companies and early-stage endeavors. The regional finals includes teams from Hawaii, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Taiwan. Indonesia.

This is the 2nd MCAP, organized in the global level by GSMA, an worldwide trade group that signifies over 800 mobile service providers and 250 others include phone and equipment makers, software companies. Regional industry groups. (Yes, this really is that GSM.)

In your area, Blue Online companies has been based on the Hawaii Proper Development Corporation and also the condition to arrange the Hawaii and regional finals.

logo-sba-innovate-her-400x100Next, the &#8220InnovateHER Hawaii Challenge&#8221 has been organized by Sultan Endeavors, a boutique venture firm concentrating on early-stage online companies and opportunities, as a part of a national Small Company Association competition. The Hawaii event is really a gateway to potentially present in the Small business administration&#8217s Innovating for ladies Business Summit in March in Washington, D.C.

For &#8220InnovateHER,&#8221 records aren’t restricted to mobile online companies or perhaps technology plays, even though they'll most definitely be symbolized. Rather, your competition is targeted at finding &#8220products and services that impact and empower the lives of ladies and families.&#8221 The 3 knowing criteria are if the showing teams:

  1. Possess a measurable effect on the lives of ladies and families (30%),
  2. Have the possibility for commercialization (40%), and
  3. Fill a necessity available on the market (30%).

The &#8220InnovateHER&#8221 challenge is available to groups of both males and ladies. And should a Hawaii team be selected to become one of the final ten at the nation’s level, there’ll be a &#8220live pitch final round&#8221 in the women&#8217s business summit to crown the top three ideas. Individuals teams will share cash awards adding up to $70,000.

However for Hawaii entrepreneurs, the road to Barcelona or Washington D.C. starts in the Laniakea YWCA (1040 Richards Street) on Tuesday, 12 ,. 1. The happy couple of pitch-offs will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Larger Hall. While attendance is free of charge (with complimentary pupus along with a cash bar), space is restricted. you&#8217ll wish to register online.

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