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Open to all majors on all 10 UH System campuses
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Apply to be a director or associate in the PACE Leaders program. Start by reviewing the list of student-led programs below and select the programs that are of most interest to you in the application form.

PACE Leaders have the unique opportunity to gain leadership and entrepreneurial skills as they work together to design and execute programs, events and activities throughout the year. No experience in entrepreneurship or business is required. Applications are peer-reviewed by current student leaders and accepted on a rolling basis.

Thanks to our generous donors, PACE Leaders are eligible for scholarships up to $6,000. PACE Leaders also receive special leadership development and networking opportunities including invitations to startup community events and conferences.

LEADERSHIP ROLES

CALVIN SHINDO STUDENT VENTURE FUND

The Calvin Shindo Student Venture Fund is a student-run venture capital fund for early-stage UH-affiliated companies. The goal of the program is 1) to enrich student learning by providing a hands-on opportunity to learn the venture capital process and startup finance, and 2) to nurture high potential, early-stage ventures. The student leaders have responsibilities over the entire portfolio management process. In addition to attending regularly scheduled meetings, student leaders spend considerable time marketing, identifying, qualifying, and recommending investments, as well as following-up with existing portfolio companies. Since the Fund is a transaction-based program, committee members should be aware that there may be times of intense activity and that they will be expected to work within tight deadlines, including evenings and weekends. Learn more about the venture fund here.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP LIVE

Entrepreneurship Live is a speaker series that invites founders and company executives to discuss their entrepreneurial journey with University of Hawai‘i students. Each event features individuals who educate and inspire students by sharing their real-world challenges and triumphs, and range of emotional experiences in running a business. Each talk is followed by Q&A and a networking session. The PACE Leaders’ responsibilities in this program include brainstorming, coordinating speakers, marketing, arranging logistics for the event, executing the event, encouraging mingling during the networking session, and collecting feedback for continuous improvement. A minimum of six events are held per calendar year. Learn more here.

MAKER PROGRAM

The goal of the Maker Program is to help students learn how to safely use the various equipment and tools in the maker spaces and recording studio so that they may create their first prototype at PACE. The Leaders in the Maker program are responsible for providing learning opportunities for their peers through regularly scheduled make-and-take workshops that familiarize participants with specialized tools while creating something useful. In addition to coordinating workshops, the Leaders are responsible for lab monitoring, providing access to tools, coordinating safety training, coordinating advanced prototype training, managing the supplies budget, managing the inventory of small tools, encouraging development of STEM skills, and encouraging collaboration among students. A minimum of nine make-and-take workshops are held in a calendar year.

PACE AMBASSADORS

The PACE Ambassadors Program is a student-led initiative to grow a network of entrepreneurial-minded students throughout the UH System. Students in this program are the “faces” of the Center. Ambassadors participate in activities that market and promote PACE to the UH community and beyond. Ambassadors are responsible for creating an inviting atmosphere at the Walter Dods, Jr. RISE Center and facilitating networking between those who are looking to collaborate on a project. Ambassador activities may include front desk hours, informational tabling, classroom presentations, speeches, tours, open house, digital content development, high school visits, outreach programs, and representing PACE as a student ambassador when called upon. Ambassadors also host a minimum of nine interactive events (within a calendar year) that help their peers make meaningful connections that can lead to potential startups, business partnerships and interdisciplinary teams.

KALO GRANTS

Kalo Grants is a program that provides UH students with the opportunity to apply for seed funding of $500 or $1,000. Those who apply for $1,000 must pitch in front of a live audience. PACE Leaders in this highly-engaging program are responsible for managing the entire program which includes marketing, reviewing applications, coordinating live pitch events, coaching, distributing funds, and monitoring the recipients’ progress. A minimum of eight funding rounds and pitch events are held in a calendar year.

LEVEL UP WORKSHOPS

The Level Up workshops is a series of interactive events that provide students with the opportunity to gain skills, learn about a variety of topics, and expand their networks. Workshop topics may include design thinking, public speaking, product design, managing a team, startup legal issues, corporate formation, branding/marketing, web basics, sustainability, financial literacy, social impact investing, pitching, etc. The Leaders in this program are responsible for executing impactful and timely workshops that meet the evolving needs of their peers. The Leaders’ responsibilities include brainstorming, coordinating speakers, marketing, arranging logistics for the event, executing the workshop, and collecting feedback for continuous improvement. A minimum of nine events are held in a calendar year.

DIRECTORS

A director or co-directors are assigned to each student-led program. Responsibilities include:

  • Overseeing and managing a program from the summer before the academic year through the summer after the academic year,
  • Creating a positive and inclusive culture, and
  • Guiding their team of associates to make thoughtful decisions that meet the goals of the program and the evolving needs of UH students.

Directors develop leadership capacity within themselves and their peers as they onboard and lead a team of associates. Directors are responsible for ensuring that their team executes impactful programming, which includes everything from concept to clean-up. Directors learn strategic planning, management, accountability, and delegation skills necessary to carry out their responsibilities.

Directors meet with PACE staff regularly to ensure that the programs align with the Center’s goals.

  • Makerspace Directors: This role has the additional unique responsibility of managing the makerspaces in RISE. This role is responsible for learning and teaching others how to use tools safely, and encouraging UH students to build their first prototype at RISE. Makerspace directors coordinate schedules to ensure room access; manage a supplies budget; inventory small tools; coordinate workshops; and provide safety training.

ASSOCIATES

Associates are vital to PACE. Associates report to the Director of the program, and contribute to key efforts including concept development, research, marketing and promotion, and event planning. Associates have the opportunity to learn specific skill sets attributed to being a collaborative and effective team member. Associates are selected by the director with input from PACE.

  • Makerspace Associates: These associates have the unique opportunity to help run the makerspaces in the Walter Dods, Jr. RISE Center, train students on how to use tools safely, and execute programming that will encourage UH students to build their first prototype at the Center.
  • PACE Leaders must be enrolled in a degree-seeking academic program in any of the 10 campuses within the University of Hawai‘i System, including community colleges and neighbor island campuses.
  • Leaders must be in good academic standing.
  • Time commitment varies by program. Leaders may be expected to contribute up to 10 hours per week, depending on their assigned role.
  • Leaders must be able to communicate in a timely manner and commit to attending team meetings and events as determined by the team and leadership.
  • Leaders who reside on neighbor island campuses must be able to connect via Zoom for meetings.
  • Leaders must be able to convey enthusiasm and pride for PACE, and participate in activities that market and promote PACE to the UH community and beyond. These activities may include informational tabling, classroom presentations, speeches, tours, digital content development, high school visits, and representing PACE as a student ambassador when called upon.
  • Leaders must be able to assist in the coordination of various programs, events and activities.
  • Leaders should possess personal attributes that include good, moral character, and strong public speaking and writing skills.
  • Continuation in the program each semester requires a favorable performance evaluation and maintaining a positive image befitting a PACE Leader. Any conduct or behavior deemed inappropriate as a PACE Leader is grounds for immediate termination of leadership role and scholarship, and disqualification from future PACE leadership positions and scholarships. Students must apply to the PACE Leaders program annually.
  • Leaders must follow PACE on social media.
    Email: pace.shidler.hawaii.edu/connect
    Instagram: instagram.com/pacehawaii
    Facebook: facebook.com/pacehawaii
    Twitter: twitter.com/pacehawaii
    YouTube: youtube.com/@pacehawaii
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/pacehawaii

Preference may be given to:

  • Hawai‘i residents
  • Walter Dods, Jr. RISE Center residents
  • Students who declare need, based on household income
  • Students who have entrepreneurial aspirations or enjoy creating solutions in teams

Term: Summer to Summer

Dates are subject to change.

April 7, 2024: Priority application deadline for summer/fall 2024
April 8-13: Application review period
April 14: Interview/no interview notification
April 15-30: Interview period
May 10: Selection notification with scholarship offer sent by PACE staff
May 26: Applicant confirms program commitment and submits required documentation
Summer 2024: Orientation and team planning sessions
Fall 2024: Funds are deposited into student’s UH Banner account

PACE Leader term ends Summer 2025.

Mahalo to PACE alum Traven Watase and the Scholar’s App team for partnering with us on the PACE Leaders program.

PACE LEADER OF THE MONTH

PACE recognizes these students for their outstanding service, having gone above and beyond their expected responsibilities.

Lenox Covington

Computer Science

March 2024

Amanda Schaffer

Communications

February 2024

Shota Ichitaku

Finance

January 2024

Lindsey Ivana Agustin

Mechanical Engineering

Andrew Lee

Mechanical Engineering

December 2023

Quang Loc Lam

PhD, Information Technology Management

November 2023

Kai Garcia

Computer Science

September 2023

Hokumaile Serna

Fashion Design

August 2023

Sabrina Weaver

Marketing

April 2023

Asia Nunez

Entrepreneurship and International Business

March 2023

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