Sultan Ventures founded and manages XLR8UH, 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. Our team also manages the Upside Fund, which invests in UH intellectual property startups.

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XLR8UH is the University of Hawaii’s award winning startup accelerator. The program, a public-private partnership between University of Hawaii (UH) and Sultan Ventures, educates, mentors, and invests in UH startups and entrepreneurs. XLR8UH’s goal is to create economic prosperity through the science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship that is formed at UH, converting our state’s regional strength of groundbreaking research into new businesses and jobs.

In 2015 and 2016, the Small Business Administration Growth Accelerator Fund Competition recognized XLR8UH as one of the nation’s top accelerators. In addition, the XLR8UH program was awarded a U.S. Department of Commerce Regional Innovation Strategies i6 Challenge grant, managed by the Economic Development Administration’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.


The Upside Fund is a venture fund focused on commercializing University of Hawaii intellectual property.