If Christchurch becomes even more awesome in coming months it may be in part due to recent UC graduate Jacob Varghese.
After a five-week internship at Ministry of Awesome in January, Jacob Vargh now works as Ministry of Awesome’s Startup Activation Coordinator. Ministry of Awesome’s Startup Activation Programme works as a launch pad for entrepreneurs in the city, giving them support and mentoring to make their venture market ready.
Jacob moved from India to New Zealand in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Economics from the Loyola College, Madras University, India. In December 2017 he graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma in Business (PGDipBus) at UC.
A day in the office involves one-on-one business mentoring with multiple Christchurch startups.
Jacob found his PGDipBus, a UC Executive Development Programme (EDP) course, very helpful in honing his business skill set, stepping up to a more senior level and preparing him to tackle a managerial position. He was also a student at UC Centre for Entrepreneurship (UCE), participating in Bootcamps and coming along to guest speakers, his highlight being Bill Reichert.
“The best opportunity UCE gave me was inviting me to a talk by Bill Reichert, Managing Director at Garage Technology Ventures. To engage with someone like that in a university setting was great and definitely a highlight.”
Jacob says he has found UC Centre for Entrepreneurship and Ministry of Awesome to be closely linked.
“They both have an aligned vision in wanting to make Christchurch the city of opportunities, constructing a good ecosystem and creating jobs for our future workforce.”