Hawaii Entrepreneur Awards 2023: Tech Entrepreneur of the Year
Updated: Mar 4
Honoring the entrepreneur who has created technology and innovation to make our lives better.
By Adrienne Robillard
Originally published in Hawaii Business Magazine on February 16, 2023
Finalist: Colby Takeda, Pear Suite
Pear Suite enables health care providers and community organizations to connect with older adults, helping them to learn new skills and access local resources. Since it launched in 2021, the cloud-based platform has trained dozens of community health workers and volunteers and impacted over 20,000 lives, according to its co-founder and CEO, Colby Takeda.
Pear Suite helps older adults get vaccinations and “enroll in Medicaid benefits and food stamp programs, assist with affordable connectivity program registration, and address other health and social service needs with referrals and education,” Takeda says.
At the end of 2022, the company secured $2.5 million from investors who Takeda says align with his social impact mission.
Pear Suite is growing its team while adding customers in seven mainland states. “While Hawai‘i will always be our home, we are expanding our reach into the heartland of America with a second headquarters in Tulsa, Oklahoma,” he says. By the end of 2023, he expects Pear Suite to impact over 300,000 lives.