Innovate 2 Impact

5-DAY Summer Bootcamp for Innovators and entrepreneurs

Creating new businesses,
Reinventing existing businesses

Join us to learn lean startup techniques and develop new business models and new businesses for an economy that’s getting back to work and on the road to recovery.

The post-pandemic world will be a very different place. The COVID-19 virus has upended traditional ways of doing business, travel, education, work, and everyday life. How do we reconfigure our community? What new businesses, products and services will emerge? Hacking 4 Recovery provides participants with the tools to understand the new normal to build innovative solutions for recovery.

The University of Hawai‘i, along with its community partners, are proud to bring Stanford University’s Hacking 4 Recovery program to our islands. Participants will have the unique opportunity to learn the widely-endorsed lean startup methodology from Steve Blank, the father of the lean startup movement. Together, teams will develop new business models and new businesses for an economy that is getting back to work, and on the road to recovery.

Free 5-Day Online Bootcamp

August 10th- 14th, 4 – 7 PM

Creating new businesses & new models to diversify and grow the economy
 Example Economic Sectors:
  • Sciences – Space/Astronomy, Energy, Earth, Ocean Related Industries
  • Agriculture
  • Health – Diagnostics, Devices, Telehealth, Biomedical
  • Computer Sciences – App Development, Software, UI/UX, Data Sciences, AI, Cybersecurity
  • Engineering & Light Manufacturing
  • Remote Entertainment
  • New Models for Education
  • Travel Hospitality (new innovative models)
  • Social Enterprise
  • New Economic Sectors


Information/Mixer 1: Thursday, July 16th, 4-5 PM
Information/Mixer 2: Tuesday, July 21st 12-1 PM
Pau Hana – bring a drink: Friday, July 24th, 6-8 PM
Information/Mixer 3 [Final Team Formation]: Tuesday, July 28th, 12-1 PM
Volunteer/Mentor Information Session 1: Thursday, July 30th, 9-10 AM
Volunteer/Mentor Information Session 2: Monday, August 3rd, 12-1 PM
Prerequisite Session: Thursday, August 6th 12-1 PM

Registration Deadline: Sunday, July 26 at 11:59 PM

Everyone Is Invited!

Everyone in Hawaiʻi is invited to join – existing businesses, entrepreneurs, and Hawaiʻi-based college and high school students.

HACKING 4 RECOVERY is a free online team-based experiential course. Applications will be accepted from teams of up to 4 and individuals. Please attend one of our online information/mixer sessions for more details.

Applications are now closed, please sign up for our newsletter for more details and future opportunities!

Attention Youth Participants - Kīpuka

High School Students who apply and create impactful, place-based, lean startups have the opportunity to win a portion of $2,000+ in prize money by applying to Kīpuka, offered in partnership with the Purple Maiʻa Foundation, STEMworks, and UH Ventures.

What will I gain from participating in H4R?

Watch the full interview with Steve Blank on our Resources page!

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