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Hogan Entrepreneurial Program

Nonprofit Business Plan Competition

Calling all Innovators and Entrepreneurs

Chaminade's Hogan Entrepreneurial Program and American Savings Bank's Nonprofit Business Plan Competition is held every other year and is open to Hawaii nonprofit organizations seeking to start new ventures that will benefit society. The competition aims to stimulate public interest and support in nonprofit organizations--and encourage excellence and innovation in socially-motivated entrepreneurs.

Download 2022 Entry Packet

2022 Nonprofit Business Plan Competition

For detailed information about the 2022 Nonprofit Business Plan Competition, download the entry packet. The entry packet includes eligibility requirements, entry and review process, recognition and awards, evaluation criteria and FAQs, as well as a sample business plan outline. You'll also find the Statement of Intent form in the packet--which will need to be submitted by March 8, 2022.

Eligibility Requirements

Business plans must be for one of the following: new nonprofit organization (in operation less than 12 months prior to entry deadline), a new program of an existing nonprofit organization, or a new for-profit subsidiary of a nonprofit organization.

Must be located in the state of Hawaii.

Proposed venture must be designed to benefit society, i.e., it must generate positive social outcomes.

Submit only one business plan for review.

Important Dates

February 1, 2022: Submit a statement of intent

March 8, 2022, 4 PM: Submit a business plan

April 5, 2022: All entrants will be notified of whether or not they have been selected as one of the eight finalists. The eight finalists will give an in-person presentation on April 12, 2022.

April 27, 2022: Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony held at Chaminade University


First Place: $12,000

Second Place: $10,000

Third Place: $5,000

Fourth Place: $3,000

Remaining Finalists: $1,000 each

Download 2022 Entry Packet



Supporting INNOVATORS and ENTREPRENEURS in Hawaii's nonprofit sector is vital to bolstering the important, community-focused work they do.

That's why the Hogan Entrepreneurial Program at Chaminade University is once again honored to partner with American Savings Bank for the Nonprofit Business Plan Competition … the 10th time we have done so.

The biennial competition is open to nonprofit companies seeking to start new ventures that will benefit society. It aims to stimulate public interest and support in nonprofit organizations -- and encourage excellence and innovation in socially-motivated entrepreneurs.

Winners will be awarded unrestricted cash prizes to help fund their proposals.

Applicants are evaluated based on how their proposals align with the Hogan Entrepreneurial Program's mission of "doing social things that make business sense and doing business things that make social sense."

Full application details and an entry packet will be released in early January. Winners will be announced in April.

We look forward to reviewing a flurry of innovative business plans in this cycle's competition. If you don't plan to apply this year, please consider sharing information about the competition with colleagues and fellow community leaders.

Thank you for all you do for the community every day, and feel free to reach out to me with any questions.


Roy Panzarella, PhD

Director, Hogan Entrepreneurial Program

"This competition is especially important in light of recent news that many Hawai'i nonprofits have been scaling back or shutting down operations due to cuts in funding. It is a tough time for nonprofits, and it seems like the pool of grant money is drying up," said Hogan Program director, John Webster, PhD. "But thanks to our generous contributors, the Hogan Entrepreneurial Program will be looking for new programs that best embody its mission of 'doing social things that make business sense, as it conducts its 5th Non-Profit Business Plan Competition."

Educating students for life, service and successful careers, Chaminade University is a Catholic/ Marianist university offering programs of study grounded in the liberal arts with day, evening, online and accelerated courses. Chaminade is also a Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander serving institution with its main campus located at 3140 Waialae Ave., Honolulu, HI 96816, and 10 satellite locations around Oahu. Chaminade University is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and looks forward to increased opportunities to promote environmental sustainability. For more information, visit the Chaminade Web site at or call (808) 735-4711.



This program is designed to equip students to hit the ground running when they leave Chaminade, with new skills, extensive connections, and the mind set to start new things wherever their careers may lead them.

Contributing to Society

Open to all majors and undergraduates as well as graduate students, (not just business majors,) we recognize that any graduate has the potential to start something new. New ideas that contribute to society and the well-being of communities benefit everyone, but also can make for successful, thriving businesses. This is the variety of entrepreneurial spirit we cultivate in our program. Our motto is "Doing business things that make social sense. Doing social things that make business sense."

Learning the Life and Culture of the Entrepreneur

In this program, students learn first-hand from experienced Hawai'i business leaders and entrepreneurs about the business of getting a new idea up and running. This involves:

  • Academic coursework
  • Carefully chosen mentorships and internships with seasoned business leaders
  • Attendance at our weekly lecture series
  • Broadening horizons by study trips to other locales, such as our trips to China
  • Broadening perspectives, contributing to the community and honing people skills through community service
  • An opportunity to participate in planning an actual venture with our non-profit business plan competition

Certificate Program

The Hogan Program is a 1 year or 2 year certificate program.

Director's Note

"Funded by generous contributions from The Hogan Family Foundation, this is a practical program that provides in-depth learning through contact with Hawaii's entrepreneurs. The small class size is designed to provide careful nurturing. We aim to prepare students to start and do new things--wherever their careers may lead them." -- Dr. John Webster

The Hogan Family Foundation

The Hogan Entrepreneurial Program is funded by generous contributions from the Hogan Family Foundation (website), located in California. The chair and co-chair are Ed and Lynn Hogan (pictured here with Governor Linda Lingle.)

The mission of the Hogan Family Foundation is to promote the entrepreneurial spirit through the creation and operation of educational, civic-minded and humanitarian programs designed to encourage a more productive and contributory society.

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