Partnering with the University of Hawaii

As the epicenter of innovation and research in the State, the University of Hawaii is poised as the perfect partner to invest in and help grow the entrepreneurial community. The University of Hawai‘i System is the State’s leading engine for economic growth and diversification, stimulating the local economy with jobs, research and skilled workers. With the University of Hawai‘i bringing in hundreds of millions in research dollars annually across a myriad of scientific studies, creating opportunities to generate cutting edge discoveries and intellectual property (IP) that not only have great potential economic value, but also more importantly significant societal benefits. XLR8UH is part of a University of Hawaii initiative to further grow and transform UH into a $1 billion research enterprise in partnership with various community supporters and business groups.

Founded in 1907, the University of Hawaiʻi System includes 3 universities, 7 community colleges and community-based learning centers across Hawaiʻi. As the state’s public system of higher education, UH offers opportunities as unique and diverse as our island home.

Hawaii Innovation Initiative


Recently, UH Research has taken on a greater role to help diversify the state’s economy through the Hawai‘i Innovation Initiative. The University of Hawai‘i has partnered with the Hawai‘i Business Roundtable to help leverage its research to create and attract new companies, cultivate talent for a knowledge-based economy and encourage the development of future technologies. The common goal is to build a thriving research enterprise that will be driven by the growth of new industries including a robust advanced manufacturing community in Hawai‘i, fueled by UH’s plans to aggressively commercialize its research and to employ and develop top researchers in several focus areas over the next decade.

Learn more at the UH Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation Website.