Category Archives: Entrepreneurship

Marketing Smackdown – registrations close 29 July

The Marketing Smackdown is a two-day challenge where you will find innovative ways to solve problems that the Christchurch business community is facing.

You will get the opportunity to hear inspirational speakers, and work with mentors and experts in the marketing industry, and have the opportunity to win cash prizes. If you’re interested in the power of marketing, this is the event for you!

We supply you with all the information and people you need to get the most out of your experience. All you need to do is apply and turn up! All tertiary students are eligible to register, either as a team or as individuals. Registrations close Sunday 29 July, the Challenge is 4 – 5 August with the launch on Thursday 2 August.

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If you have any questions please contact Hannah Rhodes at

Impact Summit’s inspirational speakers

Day One is the flagship and final event of the Impact Summit and will take place 29 September. Don’t miss out – early bird tickets are on sale now!

Usman Iftikhar will be flying in fresh from receiving the Commonwealth Young Person of the Year award, presented to him by Prince Harry. Usman will be sharing a few of the things he learned starting his social enterprise, Catalysr, a startup accelerator that helps refugees and migrants realise their entrepreneurial ambitions.

From an entrepreneur to a journalist, to being our youngest Member of Parliament, Chlöe Swarbrick has no shortage of inspiring stories to tell. She’ll be heading down south for the day to teach everyone a lesson in how to smash the world’s expectations of millennials.

Last but certainly not least, entrepreneur and creative, Bonnie Howland, is a 22-year-old fighting avoidable blindness through her beauty company, Indigo & Iris. Bonnie will be gracing the stage to share her top tips on all things social enterprise, design and how to get 2,210 people to pledge money for your product before it’s even on the shelf!

This event is a first for Christchurch but the team have plans to build the Impact Summit into an annual event that brings together young innovators to celebrate their successes as well as learn how to go even further. The event is lead by the UC Centre for Entrepreneurship and supported by a student committee and student clubs. This provides multiple opportunities for students to hone their skills as well as making sure the content is exciting and relevant.

The Impact Summit will help young people to develop the skills they need to take their next steps – whether those steps are personal, community-focused or global. 

‘The kaupapa of the Impact Summit is to not only inspire but equip young people with the skills and connections they will need to lead New Zealand into the future. We’re incredibly excited to bring an event like this to Christchurch,’ says Hannah Rhodes, UCE Programme Manager.

Entré $85k Start-Up Challenge

The $85k Start-Up Challenge is our premier competition in which $85k worth of prizes are up for grabs. Entrants go through the process of developing a business idea, whether it be a product or service, for-profit or a charity, and receive business world experience as well as invaluable guidance and mentoring from industry professionals.

The $85k competition is for everyone and anyone. No matter what you study or how much experience you have in entrepreneurship, this competition will help you develop your personal and professional skills in more ways than you can imagine! You will meet like-minded students, inspiring business professionals, knowledgeable mentors and be supported by our awesome entré executive team. Find out more>

Still unsure? Come along to the information session on Monday 14 May, 1.30-2.30pm, Undercroft 101. Food provided.