HOW CAN OIC PROVIDE SUPPORT?
OIC can provide general guidance about startup options and UH requirements, as well as opportunities and resources through its entrepreneurship programs.
WHY BUILD A STARTUP?
Maintain flexibility and control of your technology's development and marketing; build and run a business; and connect with customers.
While the risk and work of building a business and developing your technology are greater, so are the rewards - impact and income - if you succeed.
The innovation startup journey offers an exciting opportunity to learn, grow and expand your network and skill sets.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS?
If and when considering creating a startup, contact OIC to discuss the following:
- UH POLICIES: Guiding you through UH and state requirements for building a startup per the Hawai‘i State Ethics Code, starting with:
- Reviewing Ethics & Technology Transfer Activities
- Submitting a Tech Transfer Review Request Form. All state employees are required by state law to comply with the Hawai‘i State Ethics Code. Per Act 8, UH is required to review any UH-sponsored technology transfer activities. OIC can provide assistance on potential conflicts of interest. This process may take up to 2-3 months.
- DISCLOSURE: Discuss disclosure requirements to ensure you comply with UH policies and federal and state regulations to find the best option for you.
- PROGRAMS: Apply for any of OIC’s programs to receive in-depth guidance, resources and funding to enhance your entrepreneurship skills, expand your network, advance and accelerate your technology development and grow your startup.
UH, now part of the NSF I-Corps Hub Desert and Pacific Region, offers NSF I-Corps™, a virtual entrepreneurship training program that provides skills on how to test the market through customer discovery and create a business strategy, in order to maximize the impact of your innovation.
Any UH faculty, researcher, staff, student or alumni who have an innovation with potential for technological, educational or social impact or startups based in Hawai‘i with deep tech innovation.
- 5 weeks (orientation + 4 weekly sessions)
- Minimum 3 hours/week
Patents2Products is a unique fellowship opportunity to develop entrepreneurship skills and gain business fluency while advancing the development and commercialization of impact-driven technologies at the University of Hawai’i.
- PhD candidates
- Postdoctoral researchers
- Full-time position
Hawai‘i Technology Innovation Development Ecosystem (HITIDE): A University of Hawai‘i Incubator is a 24-month program that provides wrap-around services, seed funding and resources tailored to support the needs of academic entrepreneurs with UH-affiliated, deep-tech innovations.
UH-affiliated science-based technology startups with commercialization and community-impact potential.
- 24 months
- Minimum 4 hours/week
UH Ventures, LLC is forming a UH-affiliated venture fund through seed capital from the State of Hawai’i and private funding from domestic and international investors. The Fund will invest in UH-developed intellectual property (IP) as well as IP co-developed with private companies and partner organizations.
- UH-affiliated startups
- UH researchers