For your business

The grit to go forward: invest in an innovator’s mentality and toolbox 

Strive for the next level

For Your Business

For mom-and-pop shops refining their business model. For lifestyle solopreneurs crafting a pitch. For tech companies attracting capital. We have a number of programs and resources within Hawai’i’s economic ecosystem to lift up your business and take it to the next level.


Who’s it for: startup founders, small business owners
The XLR8HI preX program is a virtual, 4-week investment readiness and training program for Hawai’i entrepreneurs. We’re sharing our critical knowledge, tools, and guidance to help local businesses succeed. The program, backed by Hawai’i Technology Development Corporation (HTDC) and Sultan Ventures, is designed for Hawai’i founders, startups, small-business owners, entrepreneurs, and side-hustle workers looking for training and mentorship. Let’s evaluate ideas together. Launch a new company. Grow an existing business. The preX program is for those looking to raise capital, gain traction, grow customers, scale their business, or prepare to apply to an accelerator program. Let us enable you to:
  • Refine your business model with direct feedback from investors and mentors
  • Craft a compelling pitch to attract initial customers, investors, and partners
  • Create connections with local investment programs and potential funders
  • Prepare for the investor due diligence process
  • Identity key priorities to advance your business over the next 3-12 months
The team behind preX has over a decade of experience working and investing with Hawai’i entrepreneurs. We’ve streamlined financial strategies to fund growth, investing 100% local dollars into local businesses. Our work has been recognized through the SBA, EDA, and Forbes.


Who’s it for: University of Hawai’i startups and entrepreneurs XLR8UH® is an accelerator program designed to educate, mentor, and invest in top talent and research at the University of Hawai’i. Recognized by Forbes and the Small Business Administration (SBA), this venture accelerator invested $25k-$150k into each company. The XLR8UH program has now moved under XLR8HI.


Who’s it for: Hawai’i youth, grades 7-12 XLR8YOUTH™ is an incubator and accelerator. This intensive program seeks to benefit Hawai’i youth, designed to encourage this next generation of leaders in entrepreneurship.