The Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship

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PACE Entrepreneurs

PACE Entrepreneurs are creative and entrepreneurial-minded students at the University of Hawaii. A group of 5 to 6 University of Hawaii students are selected each Fall semester. This small cohort receives priority mentorship and a wealth of networking and learning opportunities from PACE over the course of an academic year. During the year, the students are guided by an advisor and inspired by guest entrepreneurs. They also learn from and help each other to fulfill their unique entrepreneurial goals.


2016-2017 Cohort 5
2016-2017 Cohort 5

LT - RT: Ame Arakaki (MEng); Robert Saito (MBA); Derek Woodruff (MBA); Mahrukh Khawaja (MBBE); Michael Gallagher (MBA)


"PACE's PE program was incredibly beneficial for me as an aspiring entrepreneur. The focused discussions with my fellow PEs and networking opportunities opened new doors and guided me down the right path with my company."
~ Larry Martin, MS, Electrical Engineering

"I was very fotunate to be a part of the PE program this past year. Coming from a business background, I had assumed I knew everything about entrepreneurship. However, I was totally wrong. In fact, I knew nothing! Through the program, our group had direct access to various prominent business leaders and entrepreneurs - each sharing their wealth of knowledge and personal expertise. This valuable experience alone, allowed us to learn everything from initial startup to exit strategies. Most importantly, we can now call our advisor, our Mentor. Personally, she taught me that a true entrepreneur does not stay on the sideline. With her encouragement and support, I am no longer watching but actively pursuing all my startup ideas."
~ Tuan La, JD/MBA

"I really enjoyed the PE program since it gave me the opportunity to interact and learn from students outside my major who share the same interest in entrepreneurship as I do. Coming together as a cohort allowed us to help each other work through the different problems each of us were facing in launching or growing our businesses."
~ Monica Umeda, MS, Electrical Engineering


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