2020 Purple Prize Teams

Throughout the Purple Prize, startup teams work towards refining their idea and building traction in preparation for launch and/or future investment.

In 2020, Purple Prize accepted 8 teams in the industries of education, agriculture, ecology, green energy, and community development. Meet this year's cohort.

Polu Energy

An innovative renewable energy provider amplifying Hawaiʻi’s renewable energy mix with the values of lōkahi and kūpaʻa.

Tate Castillo
Kirk Wei
Dr. David Ma

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BoxFarm Labs

An adaptable hydroponics system for the expansion of specialty crop varieties in tropical greenhouse climates.

Exchange Ave

Exchange Ave is a mobile app, designed for highly-organized, self-sufficient social exchange.

Kanu Offset

Kanu allows you to offset carbon from air travel by paying local farmers to plant food trees.

Kālisi Mausio

Naima Te Maile

MAG Hugs

Allowing teachers to send “virtual hugs” that tell students “I see you,” “you are valued!”

Ka Mahina Project

An app helping mothers use Hawaiian moon phases and their meanings to better the wellbeing of their families and communities.

Hiʻilani Shibata
Talia Cardines

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ʻŌiwi Online

ʻŌiwi Online is a digital wahi pōhai (gathering place) that promotes access to an abundance of Hawaiian Cultural Learning. It is not a school or program, but rather a waʻa (canoe) by which we can navigate a sea of knowledge and opportunity.

Pōhai Panoke

The Vegetation Continuum

An educational resource for ʻāina-based practices, restoration, and stewardship.

Kahealani Acosta

Maile Wong

Alexis Stubbs

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