Category Archives: Entrepreneurship

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

 

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