2017 news

XLR8UH Wins National Award For The Third Year In A Row

XLR8UH was named one of only 20 national winners of the U.S. Small Business Association’s (SBA) Growth Accelerator Fund competition. This marks the third year in a row that XLR8UH has won the competition, which includes a $50,000 cash award. XLR8UH was the only winner from Hawaiʻi in this year’s SBA’s Growth Accelerator Fund competition, which is designed to draw attention and funding to parts of the country with gaps in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Winners were selected by experts in entrepreneurship, investing and business plans

Governor to Kick Off Month-Long HACC Competition

HONOLULU – Gov. David Y. Ige will provide opening remarks at the 2017 Hawaii Annual Code Challenge (HACC) Kickoff on Aug. 26, 2017, welcoming hundreds of anticipated computer programmers, software developers, and tech-minded innovators to launch the four-week, hackathon-inspired competition. We invite the local tech community to join us in working toward improving how our state government interacts with and serves the public,We invite the local tech community to join us in working toward improving how our


Peter Rowan to lead Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship at UH Shidler College of Business

Peter Rowan has been named the new executive director of the Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship (PACE), under the UH Shidler College of Business, effective August 1, 2017. Rowan replaces Susan Yamada, who will lead the renovation and development of the Atherton YMCA, purchased by UH Foundation in 2017, into a Center for Innovation. The center will support entrepreneurial education and the commercialization of university-generated innovations. Rowan is currently the angel-in-residence at XLR8UH, a startup accelerator program that assists UH entrepreneurs. He was previously the corporate vice president


Resources for Entrepreneurs in Hawaii

Bringing together investors and entrepreneurs 
from Asia, Hawaii and North America, Hawaii has a vibrant and multicultural business scene (and the weather doesn’t hurt either!). In search of a better life-work balance, more and more independent contractors, entrepreneurs, and small business owners are drawn to the Hawaiian Islands. According to the latest data from the IRS, in 2014 there were 102,544 Hawaii-based “nonemployer businesses” (a business consisting of one, self-employed person), up from 98,490 the year before. To meet the needs and


Why You Should be Starting Your Business While at UH Mānoa

“Being your own boss” may seem like an attractive prospect for students thinking about their futures. But on top of studies, work, social endeavors and other obligations, starting your own business cannot possibly be viable, can it? These entrepreneurs and campus resources say that the best time to start your business is now. Former student entrepreneurs who are still growing their companies, as well as people who work as resources for students through on-campus organizations such as the Pacific Asian Center for

UNESCO Science Partnership Building Bridges in the Pacific

UNESCO science partnership building bridges in the Pacific A potentially game-changing low-cost mobile genetic diagnostics system to detect and quantify pathogens in food, water, humans, livestock and crops in Pacific Islands is among projects Massey University will lead with its newly established partnership with UNESCO (United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation). The UNESCO UNITWIN Network on Science for Pacific Small Island Developing States (Science for Sustainability in Oceania) partnership aims to help protect crops and agriculture, advance conservation

AngelHack Announces Expansion to Hawaiian Tech Scene

AngelHack, global developer community and ecosystem brings 10th Global Hackathon Competition: Commit To Your Code to Honolulu, Hawaii for the first time July 29th – 30th, 2017. The event will host developers, designers, and entrepreneurs to build, test, and launch new prototypes over the course of a weekend, and will be held at, and in partnership with Impact Hub Honolulu. The 55-city hackathon competition has already brought in thousands of attendees globally, and has hosted events to foster local innovation


Three UH Spinouts Present at Prestigious LA Technology Showcase

Honolulu – University of Hawai`i (UH) spinouts Adnoviv, LLC; Radial3D and SNR Analytics, Inc. were invited to present at the prestigious First Look LA showcase of university technologies held on June 28, 2017 at California State University, Los Angeles. Presentations were made to an invitation-only audience of over 200 investors, entrepreneurs, and faculty and staff from the participating universities. The University Hawai`i spinouts were invited to participate in the showcase by the UH Office of Technology Transfer, AzTE (ASU Technology Transfer)


Hawaii Plans Prize Money, Tool Enhancements to Month-Long Annual Hackathon

As Hawaii prepares for its annual month-long hackathon, organizers have added a number of enhancements to the competition, most of which seek to make it a better experience for developers and entrepreneurs, as well as for the state agencies that stand to benefit from their work. Hawaii Rounds Out Its Tech Leadership TeamHawaii Sponsors Month-Long HackathonHawaii Rolls Out Text-to-911 Service This event, dubbed the Hawaii Annual Code Challenge (HACC), which kicks off on Aug. 26, has provided a richer