Category Archives: Entrepreneurship

Global Immersion Program

The UC Centre for Entrepreneurship is currently searching for 3 students to attend a 10-day leadership development and innovation programme in Chengdu, China, 20-29 January 2019.

The Programme is a blend of innovation, entrepreneurship and experiential leadership.

There are site visits, workshops and panel discussions as well as cultural experiences, coaching, and experiential leadership sessions.

Deadline for applications is Sunday 21st October.

For more information and to apply click here>

Impact Summit 2018 Wrap Up

Day One, held on Saturday 29 September, was the flagship and final event of UCE’s first ever Impact Summit, designed for all young impact seekers and people wanting to make a difference in the world.

As well as a line-up of world-class speakers, the Day One programme included 15 workshop sessions with 5 different streams so attendees could personalise the day to suit their interests.

Some of the key learnings from the day were:

1. Overcoming tall-poppy syndrome and embracing a positive and curious mindset is critical to running any sort of venture, campaign or organisation.

2. ‘Impact’ can mean a lot of different things! Measuring impact is complex and it’s important to always be assessing the impact you’re trying to make.

3. There’s no better time than now to get started! We’re lucky to have a supportive ecosystem to help get your idea off the ground, so make a list and get started today.

The event sold out over a week in advance and attracted over 250 attendees including students from Christchurch, Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin, Palmerston North and even Sydney! 

The event was lead by the UC Centre for Entrepreneurship and supported by a student committee and student clubs. This event was a first for Christchurch and the team have plans to build the Impact Summit into an annual event.

Thank you to our core partners, the Christchurch City Council and Ministry of Youth Development.

The Impact Summit also included a two-day startup competition for tertiary students, the Social Enterprise Challenge, 27 & 28 September, in which entrants worked with experts and business mentors to create a social enterprise that improves resilience in Christchurch.

For Impact Summit 2019 news, and to join the community of changemakers, impact seekers and people making a difference in the world, follow the recently launched:

Impact Summit Facebook and Impact Summit Instagram.

UC students can now apply for NASA Internships

UC students can now apply for NASA Internships under a new agreement between the space administration and the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).

New Zealand Space Agency will be offering scholarships for up to four successful New Zealand students for NASA’s June 2019 intake.  The successful students getting a scholarship will attend the Ames centre base for a 10-16 week internship in Silicon Valley.

Students will also have the opportunity to build a network of contacts both within NASA and with US and international students taking part in the programme. Students will have an opportunity under the guidance of a NASA mentor.

This opportunity is open to all high-achieving New Zealand students to work with experts in space-related fields and have access to some of the world’s most advanced research facilities.

The scholarship aims to support New Zealand’s students studying space-related activities and will give New Zealand’s future innovators, entrepreneurs and scientists a head-start in their careers by enabling them to develop technical skills at a world-leading space agency.  The internship will give students access to international professional networks and develop their understanding of the global space economy. 

The scholarships will cover costs associated with the internship including travel, living costs and NASA’s administrative fees

The application process is two-phased. Candidates must first be selected by the New Zealand Space Agency. Following selection by MBIE, New Zealand finalists will be recommended to NASA.  NASA will then choose their finalists from the broader pool of 12 other countries.

Applications will be open from mid-September and close in mid-October. 

Students applying have to meet various requirements.

To find out more go to: www.mbie.govt.nz/nasa