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Hawaii Innovation Lab

Hawaii Innovation Lab

Led by HNEI Post Doctoral Fellow Arif Rahman, the company develops low-cost, liquid metal, optical coating for flexible mirrors. Learn more>

L to R: Arif Rahman and Radwa Elshennawy (Missing: Kareem Elassy, Aaron Ohta, and Wayne Shiroma)

Pharmacist First

Pharmacist First

Led by Shidler MBA alumnus Colby Takeda, the company provides a telehealth service that partners a clinical pharmacist team with primary care providers to better manage chronic disease.

L to R: Aimee Grace and Carolyn Ma (Missing: Roy Goo, Thomas Nordyke, and Colby Takeda)

Radial 3D

Radial 3D

Led by Shidler alumnus Evan Young, the company delivers 3D clinical lab experiences to medical schools online. Learn more>

L to R: Evan Young and Jesse Thompson. (Missing: McKay Davis, Leland Lopez, and Scott Lozanoff)

RendezView team

RendezView

Led by PhD Computer Science student Alberto Gonzalez, the company offers an online meeting platform that helps remote workers collaborate, create and edit in sync. Learn more>

L to R: Ryan Theriot and Alberto Gonzalez (Missing: Mark Cummins, Kaila Foltz, Dylan Kobayashi, and Stefan Opsal)

Selective HA team

Selective HĀ

Led by Honolulu Community College student Zoe Pastorfiled-Li, the startup began in 2019 and aims to utilize fashion waste and other aloha wear fabrics to make reusable, fashionable face masks. Learn more>

L to R: Ten Mendoza, Naomi Oshiro, and Zoe Pastorfield-Li (Missing: Reagan Diana, Andy Garcia, and Lilia Vallejo)

 

UH VENTURES ACCELERATOR ANNOUNCES COMPANIES IN SPRING 2020 COHORT
FOUR OF FIVE STARTUPS ADDRESS COVID-19 CHALLENGES

HONOLULU, HI (April 7, 2020) – The UH Ventures Accelerator, powered by the Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship (PACE), selected five Hawai‘i startups for its Spring 2020 cohort. Designed for early-stage, University of Hawai‘i-affiliated ventures, the Accelerator provides tailored mentorship, intensive startup education, and seed funding.

“When we selected the companies at the end of last year, we had no idea that our reality would be so different today,” said PACE Executive Director Peter Rowan. “It’s exciting to be able to assist these promising startups scale their solutions to solve real challenges we’re facing because of COVID-19. The team of instructors, mentors, advisors and speakers we assembled bring together a wealth of knowledge and experience that will help this cohort gain traction and realize their potential.”

“During the application and selection process, we were most encouraged by the diversity of startups being built by students, alumni, faculty and staff across the 10 campuses within the UH System,” said UH Office of Innovation and Commercialization Interim Director Steve Auerbach. “We look forward to supporting more entrepreneurial activity to help our economy get back on track after the current crisis.”

The companies chosen for the spring 2020 cohort are:

  • Hawaii Innovation Lab - Led by HNEI Post Doctoral Fellow Arif Rahman, the company develops low-cost, liquid metal, optical coating for flexible mirrors. (www.hawaiiinnovationlab.com/)
  • Pharmacist First - Led by Shidler MBA alumnus Colby Takeda, the company provides a telehealth service that partners a clinical pharmacist team with primary care providers to better manage chronic disease.
  • Radial3D - Led by Shidler alumnus Evan Young, the company delivers 3D clinical lab experiences to medical schools online. (rad3d.com)
  • RendezView - Led by PhD Computer Science student Alberto Gonzalez, the company offers an online meeting platform that helps remote workers collaborate, create and edit in sync. (www.rendezview.io/)
  • Selective HA  - Led by Honolulu Community College student Zoe Pastorfield-Li, the startup began in 2019 and aims to utilize fashion waste and other aloha wear fabrics to make reusable, fashionable face masks. (www.selectiveha.com)

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About the UH Ventures Accelerator
The UH Ventures Accelerator, the University of Hawai'i System's nationally recognized startup accelerator, is now being run by PACE, the Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship. The UH Ventures Accelerator is a system-wide resource that is open to faculty, staff and students across all 10 UH System campuses and those with a UH affiliation (e.g. alumni or licensee of UH technology). Companies accepted into the UH Ventures Accelerator cohort will be eligible for equity investment from UH Ventures, LLC and may join the UH Ventures portfolio of companies that UH has been supporting and investing in since 2014.  Learn more at pace.shidler.hawaii.edu/accelerator.

About Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship
Founded in 2000 at the Shidler College of Business, the Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship (PACE) is the home for a set of experiential entrepreneurship programs at the University of Hawai‘i (UH). The Center’s 20+ programs offer mentorship, training and resources to all UH students and faculty, and are designed to encourage entrepreneurial thinking across disciplines and inspire entrepreneurs to move their ideas from conceptualization to commercialization. Learn more at pace.shidler.hawaii.edu.

About the UH Office of Innovation and Commercialization/Office of Technology Transfer
The Office of Innovation and Commercialization (OIC) is responsible for the management of intellectual property and technology assets developed at all 10 campuses within the University of Hawai‘i System and the transfer and translation of new technology to broader public use. The Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) and UH Ventures are housed within OIC. OIC also has oversight of the innovation and entrepreneurial (iE) programs across the UH System, including: UH Ventures Accelerator, iLab, the innovation playground at the center of UH Mānoa campus, and the Mānoa Innovation Center (MIC) incubator. Learn more at www.hawaii.edu/research/oic.