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MEDB’s Pitch Bootcamp Gets People Talking Business

October 18, 2016, 8:28 AM HST
* Updated October 18, 8:33 AM
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Demytri Dameg presents his 60-second pitch during MEDB’s Pitch Bootcamp on October 12.

Demytri Dameg presents his 60-second pitch during MEDB’s Pitch Bootcamp on October 12.

Sixteen residents from Lānaʻi participated in Maui Economic Development Board’s Pitch Bootcamp held on Wednesday, October 12, 2016.

Originally held to ready participants for MEDB’s upcoming “Maka Hou Lānaʻi: Starting a Business From Concept to Creation” on Oct. 21-23, the Pitch Bootcamp offered helpful tips for attendees and inspiration for future entrepreneurs.

Aaron Fernandez, Branch Manager at First Hawaiian Bank and Lānaʻi High and Elementary School’s Wrestling Coach brought nine students to the workshop. “I wanted to get the kids comfortable with speaking in public and I think this workshop taught them what it takes to give a strong presentation while boosting their confidence. Plus I’m involved with non-profits and I think this will add to my tools in the business world.”

“I can definitely use the skill of the 60-second pitch in my career and job interviews,” said Demytri Dameg, a student from Lānaʻi High & Elementary School. “One word to describe tonight’s Bootcamp – success.”

“After learning these skills I feel confident that when I go off to college I can present projects better,” said Joseph Nohara. “I can also use these helpful tips in my future career.”


Reservations are still open for Maka Hou Lānaʻi – where residents will learn how to create a new business from the ground up in just one weekend.


The three-day event for entrepreneurs of all types takes place Oct. 21-23, 2016. The workshop will be held at Lānaʻi Senior Center starting at 5 p.m. on Friday, go all day Saturday, and end on at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Advanced reservations are required. The workshop is free and meals are included.

To register online, visit: or call MEDB at (808) 270-6811.

Event sponsors are the County of Maui Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, Kaiser Permanente, Lānaʻi Chamber of Commerce, and ʻike.

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