You can now view Icebreaker chief executive and University of Canterbury alumni and honorary doctorate recipient Rob Fyfe share his experience leading three very different companies over the last 15 years, his unique approach to change, his successes and failures, and his perspective on risk taking.
This video is from the UC Connect lecture Dare to be Different on Friday 23 September. Watch it now.
One of New Zealand’s most influential business leaders, Rob has had a varied business career over the last 40 years, both in New Zealand and internationally. Born and raised in Christchurch, Rob left Burnside High School to join the Royal New Zealand Air Force and complete an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Canterbury.
This year, for the very first time, the UC Centre for Entrepreneurship will be running a bootcamp over the coming winter break.
The bootcamp is an intense two and a half day event with the sole purpose of helping students develop their entrepreneurial capabilities.
If you would like to:
Progress an existing business that you have
Receive assistance in getting started with your idea for a business
Get help coming up with an idea for a business
Or, connect with other like-minded students and work on an existing venture
then the inaugural UCE bootcamp is for you.
By participating in the bootcamp you will benefit from:
Mentoring from experienced Canterbury business people
Expert advice from lawyers, accountants and other professional services
The bootcamp will kick off on the afternoon of Tuesday 28 June and run through to the afternoon of Thursday 30 June.
For more information about what’s in store for our participants, head to the bootcamp webpage. We will be updating the programme as we confirm more great speakers and benefits for you, so make sure you check back regularly.
If you are ready to dive in and make real progress with your entrepreneurial journey in just two and a half days, then register now by filling out this online form.
The entré Napkin Challenge has wrapped up for this year and the winners have been chosen! For those that don’t know, entré is a student-run company at UC and CPIT that inspires students to excel in the business world.
The Napkin Challenge is an easy competition that requires students to simply think of an idea and jot it down on a napkin. This year, the judging panel consisted of Rachel Wright (UC Innovators), Sarah Platt (UCSA President) and Juan Pellegrino (CPIT Business School).
Congratulations to the overall winner, Millie McKelvie, with her napkin titled I Always Miss a Patch, where she came up with the idea of a spraying booth to make sure you get sunblock all over without missing anywhere. Millie won an iPad Air and a cake from the amazing Cakes by Anna.
The winners of the other categories, who each won $100, are:
Most innovative: Simon Parkes
Most feasible: Sophie Gray
Most beneficial to students: Hannah Marshall and Jess Wedlake
Funniest: George McDonald
Next up on the entré agenda is the massive $85K Challenge, the most prestigious event on their calendar. The competition offers entrants the chance to develop key business and presentation skills while refining their idea into a viable business over the course of the year. This year the Apps Challenge has been merged with the $85K Challenge, so now your innovative ideas for apps can have the chance to be developed into real business ventures too.
ENTRIES ARE NOW OPEN! Submit an entry online explaining the basics of your business idea. All entrants will attend an exclusive design-thinking workshop with prizes up for grabs. Entries close on May 1st at 5pm.