Student beta businesses to be on display

Students with entrepreneurial aspirations in University of Hawaii Maui College’s Applied Business & Information Technology program invite the public for a sneak peak of their beta businesses Thursday during two sessions: 10:30 a.m. to noon and 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the campus’ Ka’a’ike building.

Student plans range from an exotic handmade jewelry company using local sources, to a cybersecurity consultancy, a company distributing culturally inspired Hana-made products, a raw food restaurant and a centrally located furniture refinisher/paint warehouse.

“This is an important next step for our students. They’re taking their business idea from a vision to a professional presentation, and are looking forward to feedback from the community to hone their plan and launch a successful enterprise,” said ABIT program coordinator Debasis Bhattacharya. “The program’s goal is to incubate the next generation of small businesses that will help our local economy thrive.”

For more information about Thursday’s event, contact Bhattacharya at 984-3619 or