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U of Hawai’i revamps its nationally recognized start-up accelerator


By Jason Norris
Published: November 13th, 2019

The University of Hawai’i (UH) has announced it will internally house its nationally recognized start-up accelerator, re-naming it the UH Ventures Accelerator.

Managed by the Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship (PACE) at UH Mānoa’s Shidler College of Business, the UH Ventures Accelerator will be open to start-up founders among faculty, staff, students and alumni of the university.

It will also draw from PACE’s entrepreneurial programs such as the UH Breakthrough Innovation Challenge and the UH Venture Competition, as well as other similar programs across the university’s 10 campuses.

“The name change to UH Ventures Accelerator reflects our desire to continually improve and expand our innovation ecosystem,” says Steve Auerbach, interim director of the UH Office of Innovation and Commercialization/Office of Technology Transfer. “By bringing our accelerator in-house, we now have PACE’s proven expertise and track record combined with their understanding and familiarity of UH that can take us to the next level in commercialization.”

The UH Ventures Accelerator will run two cohorts in the spring and fall each year. Participants will receive extensive mentoring, education and networking to help them launch into the marketplace. They will also be eligible for equity investment from UH Ventures.

Peter Rowan, executive director of PACE and director of the new accelerator, comments, “UH is now positioned to offer a complete suite of innovation and entrepreneurial programs from start to finish for our innovators and future entrepreneurs.”

Source: University of Hawaiʻi News

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