Tarik is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of XLR8UH, the University of Hawaii’s (UH’s) nationally recognized proof-of-concept commercialization center focused on mentoring and investing in UH affiliated innovations. Additionally, he is a Founding Partner at Sultan Ventures, a boutique venture firm focusing on early-stage startups and the 2014 Hawaii Venture Capital Association’s (HVCA) Investor of the Year.
Tarik serves as a Board Director and Treasurer of HVCA, a non-profit which seeks to foster entrepreneurial development through networking, education, and access to venture capital; as the Chair of Startup Hawaii, the regional chapter of Up Global (formerly Startup America); on the Advisory Board of the Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship (PACE), the home for a set of experiential entrepreneurship programs at the University of Hawaii; and has been federally appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce as a Member of the Hawaii Pacific Export Council (HPEC), a non-profit organization of local leaders and experienced international business professionals who provide assistance to local businesses expanding in international markets.
Tarik has worked with, advised, and led several startups, most recently as Interim CFO of Ibis Networks, a venture backed cleantech startup focused on reducing energy consumption. Tarik holds a BS from Tulane University with a focus on Neuroscience and Cognitive Studies and an MBA from the Shidler College of Business.