The success of our XLR8UH program has been nothing short of spectacular. We’re also proud that XLR8UH was named one of the nation’s leading accelerators by the SBA last year and […] awarded a $500K grant from the EDA to expand our commercialization efforts to rural underserved communities around the state. […] I would like to thank everyone for their continued support of our dedicated efforts to develop and build a thriving innovation, research, education and training enterprise at UH.
– Vassilis L. Syrmos, UH Vice President for Research and Innovation

Where Tech Transfer Meets Venture Accelerator

XLR8UH was recognized as a Top 30 Accelerator by Forbes.

A program under XLR8®, XLR8UH® is a nationally recognized startup program that educates, mentors, and invests in University of Hawaii startups and entrepreneurs. The program, a public-private partnership between Sultan Ventures and the University of Hawaii (UH), is designed to create economic prosperity through the science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship formed at UH, and to convert our state’s regional strength of groundbreaking research into new businesses and jobs.

In 2015, 2016, and 2017, the Small Business Administration Growth Accelerator Fund Competition recognized XLR8UH as one of the nation’s top accelerators. In addition, the XLR8UH program was awarded a U.S. Department of Commerce Regional Innovation Strategies i6 Challenge grant, managed by the Economic Development Administration’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

A first-of-its kind, award winning Proof-of-Concept Center and Venture Accelerator.

Sultan Ventures

Hawaii’s startup catalyst, in the heart of Startup Paradise.


A team dedicated to the advancement of entrepreneurs and startups statewide and beyond.

University of Hawaii

The State’s epicenter of research and innovation.

State and FederalRecognition

EDA RIS i6 Challenge Grant

HTDC Innovation Grant

SBA Growth Accelerator Award 2015-2017