Launchpad 2017

FEBRUARY 20, 2021
3 – 4:15pm EST (online)

Congratulations to our 2021 Winners

2021 LaunchPad Winner

Answers to Audience Questions

Fabulingua Logo

2021 People’s Choice Award

Answers to audience questions

Immerse Me Logo

The LaunchPad event offers a unique platform for first-time entrepreneurs who have created a technology product intended to impact world language education.

How it works

Five startup companies present their technology innovation to a lively online audience from the world language education community. A panel of experienced professionals and event attendees provide feedback and vote on a winner based on the pedagogical merits of the product. The winner receives formal recognition in the form of an honorary plaque. A People’s Choice award is determined by the audience and also receives an honorary plaque.

Burt Lum

Burt Lum

Master of Ceremonies

Burt Lum is the host of Bytemarks Café, a radio magazine on Hawaii Public Radio that showcases the innovation and creativity in Hawaii’s tech community.

2021 LaunchPad Judges

Frank Dolce

Entrepreneur and 2018 LaunchPad Winner

Sandra Fujiyama

Innovation and Business Development Officer, Office of Innovation and Commercialization, University of Hawaiʻi

Ainsley Gordon

Executive Committee Member, Flagship Student Advisory Council – Student, Chinese Flagship Program, University of Mississippi

Chan Lü

Associate Professor & Director, Chinese Flagship Program,
University of Washington

Jules Sukhabut


Daniel Ward

Editor & Publisher, Language Magazine


2021 Finalists

e Kidz Logo
Fabulingua Logo
Immerse Me Logo
Syngli Logo

Learn More About LaunchPad

The LaunchPad Competition started in 2017 and was inspired by the  the Japanese TV show Dragon’s Den, and its U.S. successor, Shark Tank. LaunchPad is designed to facilitate early dialogs between startup companies and world language professionals. 

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Contact Information


1890 East West Road

Moore Hall 256

Honolulu, HI 96822

(808) 956-5121