Category Archives: Entrepreneurship

Environmental Challenge Opportunity for International Students

C-Prize is a competition run by Callaghan Innovation that seeks to push the boundaries of what’s possible through technology. This year they’re looking for teams with world-leading innovative solutions to environmental problems, and we would like to encourage our international students to be involved.

There is an information evening tonight in which you’ll hear from leading Aotearoa New Zealand environmental innovators and learn more about the challenge. You’ll also have the chance to network with other forward-thinking founders and entrepreneurs, scientists and engineers from New Zealand’s innovation ecosystem.

When: 22 October – 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Where: Te Ōhaka – Centre for Growth & Innovation
Register here>

 

The 2019 challenge is looking for innovative tech-based solutions that can positively impact:  

  • Climate change – Slowing or reversing negative human impacts on climate
  • Fresh clean water – Cleaning up our waterways
  • Resource use – Smarter ways to use and preserve our planet’s finite resources

There are three entry categories for this year’s C-Prize:  

  • Growing and Producing:  How we grow and/or manufacture new or existing products and services in innovative ways (new materials, new processes, new systems, etc.) that will accelerate positive environmental outcomes
  • Using and Consuming:  How we consume products in ways that preserve resources (reuse, recycle, reclaim, etc.) and reduce negative environmental impacts
  • Rejuvenating Natural Systems: The creation or innovative use of technologies that will not just reduce negative environmental impacts, but improve our natural environment (land, climate, soil, water, and nutrient systems)

For further information, visit the Callaghan Innovation website>

UC alumna Brianne West and Ethique win Exporter of the Year award

Kiwi brand Ethique has won  Exporter of the Year to the USA (medium business) at the recent 2019 AmCham-DHL Success & Innovation Awards.

Ethique, founded by UC Science alumna Brianne West, is an award-winning international beauty brand. They create environment-friendly shampoo and conditioner bars and have been saving millions of plastic bottles from heading to landfill.

The awards are run by the American Chamber of Commerce in New Zealand and celebrate success and innovation for companies doing business with the USA.

Ethique is also a finalist at the upcoming 2019 Westpac Champion Business Awards. 

Brianne West, founder of Ethique

$5K Summer Startup Scholarship applications open

Want to ditch your boring summer job and get paid $5K to work on your own business this summer?

Check out the UCE Summer Startup Programme – an awesome opportunity to fast-track your business or social enterprise by working on it full-time for 10 weeks over summer. 

You don’t need an up-and-running business, just an idea and drive to make cool stuff happen! 

Come along to an Information Session or contact uce@canterbury.ac.nz to find out more.