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Civil Geeks: Boosting UH Entrepreneurs

A program helps turn ideas born at the University of Hawaii into new businesses Water recycling toilets, cancer treatments inspired by marine sponges, and a new way to measure the charge left in your cell phone batteries were among the innovative ideas featured at this week’s UH Tech Showcase downtown. These…

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Benefits of Lean Startup methodology for businesses touted at workshop

The old adage “If you build it they will come” flew out the door during Maui Economic Development Board’s “Business Model Canvas & Lean Startup Overview” workshop held on Feb. 15. In its place came the advice to all entrepreneurs and small business owners: “Best to not build anything until…

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Hawaii start-ups swim with legislative sharks

Some “Hawaii Start-Ups” swam with the sharks at the State Capitol. Just like the hit ABC show “Shark Tank”, local entrepreneur’s pitched their innovative ideas. On the show “Shark Tank” start-ups hope to catch the eye of a billionaire investor. At the State Capitol, new companies wanted instead to connect with…

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20 FOR THE NEXT 20 2017: HAWAII’S PEOPLE TO WATCH

TARIK SULTAN Co-founder and Managing Partner, Sultan Ventures Age: 33 As a New Orleans college student in 2005, Tarik Sultan was on track for a career in medicine or research, like many in his family, when Hurricane Katrina hit. With the city in ruins, he had no idea how to…

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#STARTUPSEVERYWHERE: TARIK SULTAN (HONOLULU, HI)

#StartupsEverywhere Profile: Tarik Sultan, Founder and Managing Partner of Sultan Ventures, Honolulu, HI This profile is part of #StartupsEverywhere, an ongoing series highlighting startup leaders in ecosystems across the country. This interview has been edited for length, content, and clarity. Tarik Sultan is the Founder and Managing Partner of Sultan…

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State of Startup Paradise

The number of startups in Hawaii has increased from 18 in 2013 to 145 in 2016 and total capital (revenue and funding raised) jumped from $28 million in 2013 to over $252 million in 2016, according to a “snapshot report” compiled by Sultan Ventures, a Honolulu-based boutique venture firm focusing on…

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THE FUTURE OF FARMING

Hawaii’s advantages and disadvantages make it a good place to experiment with ag technology and innovations. Imagine a world in which robots, drones and artificial intelligence plant, monitor, harvest, and deliver your food. This may sound like science fiction, but it is, in fact, the emerging reality in farming. “We’re…

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Hawaii’s Startup Scene

“To get Honolulu on par with vibrant startup communities, we need more companies emerging from Hawai‘i’s centers of excellence and more engagement from the corporate leaders.” —Tim Dick, Startup Capital Ventures Hawai‘i’s venture community has set its sights on leveraging the state’s unique cultural environment and transnational ties to attract…

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The Startup Catalyst Podcast: Wrapping Up a Fantastic Season

by Luke Tucker

One thousand six hundred ninety. That is the amount of interview minutes we’ve recorded and published in our 30 total episodes (including bonus shows). That’s over 2.7 gigabytes worth of conversation, laughter, and yes, even some emotional moments. It’s been a fantastic ride, and this content is and always will…

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Investors - Omar Sultan, Meli James, Susan Yamada, Tarik Sultan, and Michael Pfeffer - getting ready for UberPITCH!

And the Winners of UberPITCH Are…

by Tarik Sultan

A week ago, we held Hawaii’s first #UberPITCH event to promote and support our Startup Paradise ecosystem. Sultan Ventures was honored to partner with Uber on this great initiative and bring it to Oahu and Maui. The event took place over the course of 4 hours where roughly a dozen…

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