Next Maui Techohana
July 27 | 5:00pm-6:30pm
Join us Wednesday July 27 for Maui TechOhana with guest speaker, Omar Sultan, co-founder and managing partner of Sultan Ventures, as he talks story about his experiences as a champion of innovation in Hawaii. Omar is an investor, mentor, and community builder who believes entrepreneurship and innovation is key to shaping the world’s future for the better.
Named one of Hawaii Business Magazine’s 20 for the next 20 and Pacific Business News’ Forty under 40, Omar, along with his brother Tarik, has been recognized as the Hawaii Venture Capital Association’s Investors of the Year, and by the U.S. Small Business Administration as the State of Hawaii Small Business Advocates for Innovation. “For over a decade our team has been is deeply passionate about building a robust innovation and knowledge-based ecosystem across the islands that utilizes emerging technologies but is always grounded in ALOHA”, Omar observes. “Working with trusted partners and the community to build a secure future for our residents, especially our keiki, provides a stronger, healthier foundation for diversified, high wage, high growth careers and business opportunities.”
This meeting will be virtual and will take advantage of breakout rooms to encourage information sharing and social interaction amongst the participants.
SPEAKER BIO - Omar Sultan
An internationally recognized thought leader in building innovation communities through entrepreneurship and education, Omar Sultan is the co-founder and managing partner of Sultan Ventures, a boutique venture investment firm, and its nationally recognized, award-winning XLR8® programs including: XLR8UH®, ranked as one of the top 30 accelerators in the USA; XLR8HI®, Hawaii’s Entrepreneurship Center; and recently XLR8YOUTH, a youth accelerator program.
Named one of Hawaii Business Magazine’s 20 for the next 20 and Pacific Business News’ Forty under 40, Omar, along with his brother Tarik, has been recognized as the Hawaii Venture Capital Association’s Investors of the Year, and by the U.S. Small Business Administration as the State of Hawaii Small Business Advocates for Innovation. For over a decade Sultan Ventures has driven innovation forward by providing onramps to entrepreneurship and championing visionary entrepreneurs who are improving the way we live and work.
In 2020, as a direct response to the economic hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Omar architected and helped run a state-funded program (Aloha Connects Innovation) to assist displaced workers affected by COVID-19 to get up-skilled, re-skilled, and cross-skilled in more resilient emerging industries and innovation sectors. The program provided employment and healthcare for individuals, converting the loss of jobs into potential new career opportunities for Hawaii residents, while meaningfully diversifying and strengthening Hawai‘i’s economy. Reaching over 3,000 people, the program employed more than 600 individuals at over 130 companies across the State, including: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Lanai, Maui, Molokai, Niihau, and Oahu.
Maui TechOhana meetings, organized by the Maui Economic Development Board, Inc. , and supported by the County of Maui and Hawaii Technology Development Center (HTDC), provide an informal networking opportunity open to anyone interested in Maui County’s technology industry. Events include a short presentation on a relevant topic in business or technology, followed by the opportunity to talk with others with similar professional interests.
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“Valuable takeaways from hearing personal experiences with challenges and successes.”
“Amazing community gathering for networking.”