As the entrepreneurship center that serves all 10 campuses across the UH System, PACE is leading the execution of this bold vision. PACE brings its 20+ years of experience inspiring and cultivating innovators and entrepreneurs, along with the expertise, resources and support of its ecosystem partners in industry, government and the community to make this vision a reality.
Students who participate in PACE’s comprehensive portfolio of programs are given the opportunity to develop an entrepreneurial mindset—a transferrable skillset and attitude essential to success in any career choice. The programs have a transformational impact on the students’ college experience as they learn to problem solve, flex their creativity muscle, collaborate with people from diverse backgrounds, process information critically, assess risk, communicate effectively, and execute a plan.
RISE expands this educational experience by bringing together under one roof: PACE programs, student housing, entrepreneurs, startup companies, maker spaces, and 24/7 workspace. Participants have access to educational programs which include free advice by experienced mentors, startup funds, co-working space, and internships. Most importantly, entrepreneurs will find kindred souls living and working side by side to bring to market their ideas and solutions and contribute to a thriving and diversified local economy.
RISE will provide local students with a unique educational opportunity found in very few global universities. It will encourage them to choose their state university to pursue their career ambitions. Building this pipeline increases the chances that these bright students choose to stay in Hawaiʻi to work and establish their businesses thereby stimulating the growth of the economy.