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PACE Programs

Below is a complete list of the programs offered by the Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship.

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Competition Overview

The annual business plan competition is an intense and unique, semester-long learning opportunity for UH students who aspire to pursue a business venture. The competition provides mentorship, training and resources. Winners walk away with a wealth of business savvy and substantial cash prizes.


The Shidler College of Business offers a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship and a graduate certificate in Entrepreneurship. The undergraduate major is open to all students admitted to the Shidler College. The graduate certificate is open to any part-time or full-time graduate student enrolled in a UH graduate degree program.

Entrepreneurs' Forum

The Entrepreneurs’ Forum focuses on a specific issue that is relevant to entrepreneurs. Panel members, who include local business executives and owners, speak openly and candidly about their experiences and perspectives related to the proposed topic of discussion.

Entrepreneurship Live

The Inspiring Innovation Speaker Series is designed to encourage creative and global thinking among University of Hawaii students. Each event features an entrepreneur, who will share their story of forging a startup, or a founder to provide insight about pioneering in a specific industry. The Series is organized by the Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship, and sponsored by First Insurance Company of Hawaii.

External Competitions

PACE sponsors teams of students to participate in national and international showcases and competitions. Teams receive guidance and mentorship in preparation for their appearance. It is important for the University of Hawaii to be represented at these highly visible events. It is equally important for participants to gain invaluable experiences and insights from competing alongside students from top universities.

Family Business Center of Hawaii

Established in 1995, the Family Business Center of Hawaii is a partnership between the local family business community and the University of Hawaii Shidler College of Business. It provides educational programs, forums and networking opportunities that support family business owners through the unique and specific challenges they face, so that they can survive and thrive through future generations.

Freeman Foundation Asian Fellowship Program

The Freeman Foundation Asian Fellowship program provides MBA students with an opportunity to conduct independent, entrepreneurial projects in an Asian country.

Hoku Scientific Microloan Program

The Hoku Scientific Microloan Program is designed to support UH students who want to start a business or develop a proof-of-concept. Loans of up to $5,000 are available at a nominal interest rate for a term of one year. These funds may be used for working capital, supplies, equipment, inventory, etc. 

Interdisciplinary Research Teams

This program encourages interdisciplinary research collaborations, in which UH students from across the campus work together and apply their specific knowledge to produce research and feasibility reports for clients. 

in•sPACE Events

in•sPACE events are a key part of PACE's collabortive workspace. Connect with other like-minded people, get inspired, and develop entrepreneurial skills through social and educational events.

Kipapa i ke Ala Lecture Series

Kipapa i ke Ala, meaning "to pave the way," is a lecture series that features the best and brightest experts from the world of international business to share their knowledge with students, faculty, alumni, and members of the greater Hawaii community.


PACE Chat is open to a select handful of students who show promise and interest in succeeding as entrepreneurs. These students have the opportunity to speak candidly with a guest entrepreneur during an informal lunch.

PACE Entrepreneurs

PACE Entrepreneurs is a cohort program that aims to identify creative and entrepreneurial-minded students at the University. These emerging entrepreneurs receive priority mentorship and a wealth of opportunities to help them succeed in implementing their idea into legitimate businesses that benefit the community. 

PACE Faculty Fellows

The PACE Faculty Fellows program aims to recognize and support faculty who are making significant contributions to entrepreneurship education at the University of Hawaii. 


The Professional-in-Residence is a mentorship program that connects UH students and faculty with business experts from the local community. Volunteers with expertise in law, marketing, intellectual property, and finance or venture funding are available weekly in PACE to offer their knowledge and advice.


The Shidler Hatchery provides office space and services for student entrepreneurs who are developing their businesses.

Startup Weekend UH

PACE partners with the global non-profit organization Startup Weekend to bring the intense three-day event to campus to connect entrepreneurs, students, researchers, developers, designers and startup enthusiasts with mentors and resources. Attendees pitch ideas, build teams, strategize, collect customer validation and build a solid foundation for a successful business. 

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Summer Startup Launchpad

Summer Start-up Launchpad is a 6-week intensive program that provides education and dedicated mentorship to help you evaluate an idea and launch a business. At the completion of the program, each team will receive $3,000 cash.

UH Breakthrough Innovation Challenge

The Breakthrough Innovation Challenge, is an entrepreneurial competition where participants pitch their innovative business idea, for a chance to win cash prizes. The purpose of this challenge is to expose students and faculty in all disciplines to entrepreneurial thinking and to bring recognition and attention to unique business ideas at UH.

Virtual Professional-in-Residence

This virtual mentorship program connects UH students and faculty with business experts by email and phone. The PACE library of more than 50 Virtual Professionals-in-Residence volunteer one to two hours of their time and expertise each month to advise on a wide array of industry topics.

Warrior Creativity Challenge

University of Hawaii clubs are given a chance to create value from an everyday object, while demonstrating entrepreneurial skills.