UCE Summer Startup students announced

The UCE Summer Startup Programme is a chance for students to work full time on fast-tracking the development of their ideas into realistic business ventures.

The ten-week Programme includes engaging workshops and seminars delivered by UCE and experts from Christchurch’s local innovation ecosystem. Students are supported through comprehensive mentoring and coaching while exploiting the Lean Business Model methodology to rapidly progress their ventures.

This year’s scholarship recipient’s ideas range from innovative shoe brands made with Coir (Coconut Fibre), to biodegradable hay wrapping alternatives for farmers, to an app for patients suffering from aphasia to overcome social isolation.

Returning scholars include Luke Campbell and Lucy Turner with Vxt, a smart assistant that converts voicemails to text.

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This is the seventh year the programme has run. It offers students the opportunity to push themselves to the next level over the summer semester and apply the knowledge they have to a real world application they are passionate about.

The Summer Startup Programme cohort is supported through $5,000 UC Innovators’ Scholarships. Scholarship recipients include five postgraduates and 23 undergraduates from across all five UC Colleges. Students come from a range of degree programmes including engineering, science, arts, commerce, law, product design, and Māori and indigenous studies.

At the end of the summer, every participant gives a five-minute presentation. The top ten are selected to compete at the Summer Startup Pitch Showcase. The Showcase on Tuesday 4 February is open to the public.

Congratulations to the following 28 students for earning a place in this year’s Programme:

  • Adarsh Raju
  • Ally Callinicos
  • Amanda Board
  • Amelia Morgan
  • Annabel Hurton
  • Anzac Gallate
  • Caitlin Buchanan
  • Caitlin Dow
  • Caitlin Soal
  • Chelsea Aitken
  • Corbyn Greenwood
  • Eleanor Hurton
  • Emma Pickup
  • Helen Mataiti
  • Jack Fraser
  • Jonathan Ring
  • Kaspar Soltero
  • Katie Young
  • Kayla Drummy
  • Kyla Allen-Jennings
  • Lucy Turner
  • Luke Campbell
  • Ngarie Scartozzi
  • Raghav Sood
  • Samuel Corder
  • Sara Al Halwani
  • Stefano Barfucci
  • Stephanie Beattie

 

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