Our Story

Sultan Ventures is a venture firm helping visionary founders build successful, long-lasting businesses by supporting them at every stage of their journey. This means we’re engaged from initial idea to long-term success. We provide pivotal resources via our network of experts and investors, while providing the hands-on expertise necessary to accelerate growth.

Over the years we’ve expanded our team to meet our mission of catalyzing startup growth in Hawaii and startup hubs across the country.

Sultan Ventures founded and manages XLR8®, a series of community-focused Accelerator and Incubator programs. XLR8UH® is an award-winning Venture Accelerator investing in University of Hawaii entrepreneurs and technologies. XLR8UH has been featured in Forbes as one of the top 30 accelerators in the nation. XLR8HI®, home to Hawaii’s Entrepreneurship Center, is the leading provider of innovation workshops, startup events, and prototyping space. XLR8YOUTH™ is a first of its kind innovation intensive program for Hawaii youth to design solutions to the challenges of today and tomorrow.

Network

Professional ties with investors and experts across the globe

Partners

Our partners supply unparalleled value and expertise, allowing our companies to be a step ahead of the competition. We currently work with companies such as:

Team

Whatever a startup needs, we have the talent to tackle it.

Omar Sultan

Managing Partner

Omar Sultan is an investor, mentor, and community builder who believes innovation is key to shaping the world’s future for the better. Dedicated to empowering innovators, Omar is the co-founder and managing partner of Sultan Ventures; its award-winning XLR8UH® program, ranked as one of the top 30 accelerators in the US; XLR8HI®, Hawaii’s Entrepreneurship Center;...Read More

Tarik Sultan

Managing Partner

Tarik is a Founding Partner at Sultan Ventures, a venture firm focusing on early-stage startups. Passionate about building thriving communities that foster entrepreneurship, Tarik has spun out several initiatives to advance innovation, including XLR8UH®, a nationally-ranked (Forbes top 30) venture accelerator; XLR8HI®, Hawaii’s Entrepreneurship Center; and XLR8Youth, a redesigned accelerator program for youth. Tarik was named...Read More

Aya Sultan, MD PHD

Partner

Along with her brothers, Dr. Aya Sultan is Founding Partner of Sultan Ventures. Dr. Aya Sultan opened Honu Women’s Health, a private Ob/Gyn and aesthetics practice dedicated to helping women achieve “Inner Health and Outer Beauty”. She has over 20+ years experience in medicine and research, which she utilizes extensively to provide her patients with...Read More

Katarina P Matayoshi

Venture Associate

Katarina P. Matayoshi is an associate at local venture firm Sultan Ventures, where she leads various initiatives focused on empowering entrepreneurs to build and scale viable companies and creating a thriving innovation community in Hawaii. Katarina helped launch XLR8UH®, one of the top 30 venture accelerator programs in the nation, where she worked with a...Read More