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Innovate UH

A Startup Paradise Event

Thursday | 3.16.17 | 2:30pm-6:00pm

Sullivan Conference Center
701 Ilalo St. Honolulu

Event will feature pitches from XLR8UH Cohort 5,
XLR8UH Alumni, Student Entrepreneurs, and Faculty Innovations.



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Ready toApply?

We have a rolling application process. The earlier you apply, the better your chances of acceptance.  Visit our program page to learn more about our upcoming cohort.

AcceleratingHawaiʻi's Founders to Global Greatness

XLR8UH, a nationally recognized startup program, educates, mentors, and invests in Hawaiʻi’s top talent and research. As one of the first university startup investment programs in the nation, we are revolutionizing the way innovation is commercialized. XLR8UH was recently recognized by Forbes as one of the top 30 Accelerators of 2017.


Our startup program offers different investments ranging from $25,000 up to $175,000, on par with the nation’s most elite venture accelerators. We do not take a one-size-fits-all approach to investing and instead, tailor our investments based on the stage and maturity of each startup. 


XLR8UH founders receive the education they need to take their venture to the next level. Every cohort has access to 40+ workshops taught by passionate startup experts on a variety of subjects.


We believe in pairing our teams with industry-specific experts that match our startups’ needs. Each XLR8UH startup gains access to experts throughout the program and many of these relationships continue beyond the program. 

Network and Resources

Our teams have access to the years of expertise, resources, and connections on the XLR8UH team, plus the hundreds of industry experts in our mentor network.

What OurFounders Say

“XLR8UH equipped us scientists the tools to understand business concepts and execute the principles in creating our own business plans. They honed our presentations skills and gave us the confident to turn our ideas into commercially viable products. XLR8UH is the platform for science to merge with business, for science to create a bigger impact on the community.” – Dr. Soojin Jun, CEO at Jun Innovations

“We believe [XLR8UH] to be the best program in Hawaii that quickly gets startups up and running based upon solid business fundamentals. The process isn’t touchy-feely cheerleader stuff, more like acid washing and tough love, but the outcomes are tangible fundamentals that are easy to communicate and demonstrate.” – Dennis Furukawa, CEO at RealGreen Power

“XLR8UH brings seasoned, VC savvy and passionate start-up professionals to coach, challenge, support and accelerate the thinking and planning of each of the cohort companies. Their enthusiasm and dedication was an inspiration to our team. They are passionate about what they are doing – which is great for them and their mission, but even better for the cohort teams.” – John Bay, CEO at AlgorithmHub