Startup Paradise Champion of the Year

Startup Paradise Champion is someone who consistently contributes to the startup community. These contributions consist of supporting, promoting and building a successful startup culture and ecosystem in Hawaiʻi. 
Our 2024 Startup Paradise Champion of the Year is Susan Yamada of the The Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship (PACE). Susan has spent the last two decades actively supporting and building the local startup ecosystem. Her leadership at PACE has been instrumental, transforming it into a hub of innovation with RISE, programs and initiatives that have invested over $10 million in services, awards, and scholarships.