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UCE Summer Startup Programme


The UCE Summer Startup Programme is an opportunity for you to fast-track your commercial venture or social enterprise into reality by working on it for ten weeks over the summer period. If you’ve got an idea, it’s also an opportunity to make it happen!

At the conclusion of the Programme, you will present to a panel of judges for the opportunity to pitch at the UCE Showcase and win cash prizes.

Topics covered during the Programme include:

  • Defining and validating the problem, pain or unmet need
  • Understanding and talking to your customer
  • Minimum viable product definition and development
  • Routes to market
  • New venture revenue and cost models
  • Intellectual property strategy
  • Team building and management

Click here to apply for the Summer Startup Programme Today!


In conjunction with the programme, a limited number of UCE Summer Startup Scholarships offer students $5,000 (tax-free) to work on their ventures. All applications for the Summer Startup Programme are automatically considered for the Scholarship.

Application Key dates

  • Applications Open – Apply now!
  • Information Session 2 – September 11, 2020 (1pm @UCE, 6th Floor Rehua Building)
  • Applications Close – September 15, 2020
  • Shortlist Interviews – September 21-22, 2020
  • Offers made – September 23-25, 2020

Programme Key dates

  • Programme Start – November 11, 2020
  • Xmas Break – December 16, 2020 to January 6, 2021
  • All Pitch Day – January 29, 2021
  • UCE Showcase – February 4, 2021

Build your CV, meet new people, eat free food, win cash prizes!

Ag-tech Shake-up

The Ag-tech Shake-Up is an in-person event open to all Canterbury-based tertiary students. In teams, you will work together over two days to come up with an innovative technology or identify new value-add sustainable products in the food, fibre and agritech (FFA) sectors. Your idea could be anything from a fabulous new food or fibre product, a ground-breaking underlying technology, or solutions to assist on-farm automation and decision making.

The Challenge will run over 2 days: Friday 25 September & Saturday 26 September 2020. During the 2 days, you will get coaching from B.linc Innovation and UCE staff and receive mentoring and input from industry experts. The Challenge is a perfect opportunity to meet some new people, hone your skills, build your CV, experience some new ways of working and have a real impact in Canterbury!

On the final day of Ag-tech Shake-up, your team will pitch your concept to a panel of judges. The top ideas will get a share of the $3,000 cash prize pool as well as the opportunity to enter the ChristchurchNZ Food Fibre and Agritech Supernode Challenge, to take your ideas to the next level!

Registrations close at noon on Monday 21 September.

Register now!

Why sign up?

  • Work in a collaborative environment
  • Meet interesting new people from a range of disciplines
  • Develop your creativity, innovation, teamwork and problem-solving skills
  • Build experience in creating a compelling, professional presentation
  • Network with mentors and experts
  • Have something awesome to put on your CV
  • Get the chance to hone your idea for the big Supernode FFA Challenge
  • Be in to win cash prizes

Challenge schedule
(UC will provide transport from UC to LU return on Friday)

Challenge Launch: Monday 21 September
4 – 6 pm, online via Zoom

Challenge Day 1: Friday 25th September
9 am – 5.00 pm, at B.linc Innovation, Lincoln University Campus
(transport will be provided for students in Christchurch)

Challenge Day 2: Saturday 26th September
9 am – 5 pm at UCE, UC Campus
If you have any questions, email

Who should sign up?ag-tech 
This Challenge is designed for tertiary students of all levels, across Canterbury, from first-year to post-grad.

Do I need a team in-advance?
If you already have a team, that’s great – you can register as a team (3 to 5 people max.). Otherwise, we will organise a team for you. All you need to do is register!

Register now!

Be A Part of Change – UCount

grey box with red text that says Tel UC what counts to you
Already 1 in 5 students have done the UCount.
1 in 3 postgraduate students have completed the UCPEQ.
Results from these surveys inform decisions across campus!
Will you tell UC what counts to you and be a part of what informs decision-making and change at UC?


Why should you care about participating?

The surveys will ask about learning and teaching (UCount), the research culture in your department and experiences with Supervision (UCPEQ), the student experience outside of the classroom, the Student Levy, and more.

These results can improve the student experience, by driving change within the University.

Here is a chance for students to have the power to make change.

What else is in it for me?

We’re glad you asked! A completed survey before 30 August puts you in the grand prize drawing for a $1,000 Aotearoa NZ Travel Voucher – you can use this for flights, accommodation, experiences, or even a campervan. Go wild!

There’s $1k for UCount and $1k for the UCPEQ.

In addition to the grand prize, each completed survey means you go into the daily prize draws, where you can win double passes to UCSA’s Tea Party, free drinks to Ancestral (hey bubble tea), $10 vouchers to Therapy Cafe, UC Hoodies (valued at $70!), or $50 to the University Book Shop (treat yourself).

Has anyone actually won any daily prizes?

Yes! Since 10 August, 2 students have won double passes to Tea Party, 49 students have won free drinks from Ancestral, 10 students got $10 to the Therapy Café, 2 students have cosy UC hoodies now, and 2 students won $50 to the University Book Shop! AND there are still 56 prizes to give away!

Okay cool, how do I take the survey?

A couple of emails have been sent to your UC email address.

If you don’t have the email, or can’t find it, flick an email and they’ll help you out.