Category Archives: Entrepreneurship

UC Bike gives new life to UC’s abandoned bikes

Earlier this year, in collaboration with UC Security and the UC Sustainability Office, UC Bike repaired, recycled and sold bikes that had been abandoned on campus. “The goal was recycling bikes and putting more people in the university community on bikes rather than making money off already cash strapped students”, Zac Porter from UC Bike explained.

In total UC Security donated 18 bikes that had been left unattended for between 1 and 3 years. Using the UC Sustainability Office’s Dr Bike tools, Olly, Zac, Ben and Brad repaired as many of these as they could. “Of these 18, we managed to get 14 running and gave them all a service, recycling what we could of the bikes that were too broken. We had quite a few franken-bikes by the end!” One of the bikes had been stolen and was re-united with its original owner.

The bikes were then sold to current and past students at a fraction of what they were worth. In total, UC Bike made over $1300, which will be spent on holding events such as Mechanics Nights to further benefit the cycling community at UC. “On Mechanics Nights we teach the basics of bike maintenance, such as how to tune a derailleur, fix flat tires, adjust brakes or anything else the attendees may want to learn.” The next one will be in Term Two with the date yet to be confirmed. Keep an eye out for the event notification on UC Bike’s Facebook page!

For this year all the recycled bikes have been sold but UC Bike plans to do this every year as an ongoing initiative.

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Centre for Entrepreneurship Bootcamp

Want hands-on experience to learn the fundamentals of starting a business or social enterprise? UCE Bootcamp is back for 2017!

This is an exciting two day programme, held on 27 and 28 April. The days are filled with workshops and speed mentoring and culminate in a final pitch to judges.

The bootcamp is open to any UC student, whether you have a venture idea or not give it a go, get your registration in before Friday 7 April!

Want more information? Head to our website

You can also check out the following from last year’s Bootcamp:

UC Centre for Entrepreneurship bootcamp held in Forestry, 29.6.16 Mentors and students interacting if F1. Client UC C of E, Samantha White. Permissions given and signed.

MYOB IT Challenge

The MYOB IT Challenge is back again for 2017!

The MYOB IT Challenge is a fusion of business and technical analysis – driving real solutions for business problems throughout New Zealand.

You’ll get to  compete in teams of 2-4 to prepare a proposal and prototype of your solution in five days before pitching to a panel of judges. The winning team will win an expenses-paid trip to Auckland to compete against teams from across the country for a chance to win a share of the $5,000 prize pool!

Come to our Information Session on Thursday 30 March to find out more, and head to our website for details.

Registrations close 7th of April, so get yours in today!