An Educational Program

Sultan Ventures is a boutique venture firm focusing on early-stage startups and investments. We provide pivotal resources via our powerful 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 has successfully raised over 20 million dollars in the Hawaii startup community since inception.

Our team manages two Hawaii-based funds, both affiliated with the University of Hawaii: The Upside Fund, which invests in UH Intellectual property startups, and XLR8UH, an award-winning Venture Accelerator focused on empowering the University of Hawaii’s entrepreneurs including students, faculty, alumni, and those interested in helping commercialize UH technologies.


Summer Interns work hand in hand with our team on projects that will directly impact our company, portfolio startups, and community. During this program interns will develop professional skills necessary in today’s job market and real-world knowledge they can apply across multiple industries. Outside of the position specific projects all interns gain exposure to best business practices, investor decision making process, portfolio support, ecosystem building activities, and day-to-day operations of Sultan Ventures.

In addition, interns will get opportunities to:

  • attend entrepreneurship workshops,
  • attend pitch competitions,
  • attend business-related events,
  • network with local investors and entrepreneurs.



All interns are expected to:

  • Be proactive in identifying company needs / problems  and creating solutions;
  • Take ownership of the work,  care about job well done and pay attention to detail;
  • Be flexible, manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines in fast paced environment;
  • Communicate effectively on daily basis with other fellows and team members;
  • Be willing to take on any project large or small;
  • Work as a part of a team;
  • Commit to high level of confidentiality;
  • Have great attitude, desire to learn as well as lots of energy and enthusiasm.



  • 30 hours / week
  • 10 Weeks (June through August)


All internship positions for summer 2018 are unpaid.

Current Available Positions

We’re now accepting applications for our Summer and Fall 2018 Interns.  Click on the individual internship position to apply.


Nohealani Benicarlo

Nohealani Benicarlo is a senior at Hawaii Pacific University where she is pursuing Business Administration with concentrations in Marketing and Management. She is a member of many student organizations such as Student Government Association as the College of Business Senator and Hawaii Pacific Entrepreneur Club. Her involvement to student organizations awoken her passion for event...Read More

Joshua Hu

Joshua is a rising sophomore and Regents Scholar studying Business, Economics, and Philosophy at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. After undergraduate studies, his goals are to pursue a law degree and work in law in Hawaii. At UH Mānoa, Joshua is an active member of the Mānoa Debate Union, which competes both nationally and...Read More

Rhea Erice

Rhea Erice is a senior pursuing a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Graphic Design at California State University East Bay. At East Bay, she worked as a Peer Mentor to a classroom of Freshmen students by executing lessons and activities to guide their transition into college. She now works as a graphic designer with the...Read More

Ha’aheo Hanohano

Ha’aheo Hanohano is a rising senior at Dartmouth College where he is pursuing a major in Management & Financial Engineering and a minor in Jewish Studies. Outside of his studies, he is involved in a number of student organizations including Hokupa’a (Dartmouth’s Hawai’i Student Association), Beta Alpha Omega Fraternity, and Casque & Gauntlet Senior Society....Read More

Intern Alumni

Rose Alama

Jacob Butters

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Thomason Takata

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Maya Morales Sanchez

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Tiana Hughes

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Jay Mafnas

Sultan Ventures- Photo of Intern, Colton Goza

Colton Goza

Sultan Ventures- Photo of Intern, Mia Harrie

Mia Harrie

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Chase Yokoyama

Sultan Ventures- Photo of Intern, Chyloe Leon Guerrero

Chyloe Leon Guerrero

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Benjamin Crosland

Sultan Ventures- Photo of Intern, Qamar Hicks

Qamar Hicks

Sultan Ventures- Photo of Intern, Emily Ball

Emily Ball

Sultan Ventures- Photo of Intern, Kelvin Ng

Kelvin NG

Sultan Ventures- Photo of Intern, Tyler Hirashima

Tyler Hirashima

Sultan Ventures- Photo of Intern, Sultan White

Sultan White

Sultan Ventures- Photo of Intern, Jordan Bangerter

Jordan Bangerter

Devon Catalan

Michael Chang

Cody Alexander