The Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship

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Summer Startup Launchpad is a free, 6-week intensive program that provides education and mentorship to help a founding team evaluate an idea and launch a business.

Program Goals

  • To identify entrepreneurial-minded students at the University of Hawaii who wish to explore being an entrepreneur, and have the passion and commitment to pursue and take action on a business idea;
  • To teach entrepreneurship based on a lean methodology of building a startup;
  • To provide an experiential learning environment that is hands-on and realistic;
  • To provide supplemental training in the form of mentorship from community experts;
  • To imbue traits of an entrepreneur through weekly lessons, including being tenacious, diligent, collaborative, passionate, creative, and flexible to change;
  • To grow student entrepreneurs, who have the confidence and ability to start businesses in Hawaii.

The Program

  • This program runs for 6 weeks, and includes mandatory meeting dates.
  • The group meets in a collaborative workroom on the UH Manoa campus.
    (In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the 2020 program will be delivered online.)
  • At the successful completion of the program, each team will be awarded $4,000.00.

Eligibility and Expectations

  • A maximum of 10 teams, comprised of at least 2 and a maximum of 4 people, will be selected to participate.
  • At least one person on the team must be a classified UH student with a valid UH identification number. If the team is comprised of non-UH students, the UH student must play a major role in the team, including giving the weekly oral presentation.
  • Each participant must commit to a minimum of 30 hours per week.
  • Mandatory meeting days are once a week and twice in the final week.
  • Participants are required to be on-site for the program. Virtual participation is not allowed.
    (In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the 2020 program will be delivered online.)
  • Teams that participated in a previous year may enter again, but not with the same business idea.

Application Process

  • Teams must apply by filling out an online application.
  • Qualified applicants will be notified for an interview.