The $85K Start-Up Challenge is entré’s 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 start-up 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!
Want to know more about the competition or to enter? Head along to www.entre.co.nz/85kchallenge or drop into the UC Centre for Entrepreneurship located on the 6th floor of the Rehua building.
We will also be holding a drop-in information session on Wednesday 29th May from 9-10am in the Undercroft.
The holidays are over (yes, depressing), and even though we are only half way through Semester 1, as a club we already have several key events done and dusted. In March, we had our annual Grand Launch, held in the Undercroft. It was a wonderful evening – from our speaker Glenn Martin, to our two-piece entertainment for the night, Sanscribe. We were all glad to meet share a drink with our members and it was great to see so many people enjoying themselves.
Our other main focus has been on our famous Napkin Challenge. The competition where we ask entrants to draw an idea on a plain napkin received over 200 entries and it was great to see such a wide range of ideas. From building a flying fox from James Hight to Matariki, to the eventual overall winner, we were blown away by all the entries and we want to thank all the students who took part and entered.
Entries for the 85K challenge close tomorrow (4 May)!
This all leads up to our main competition: the 85K Challenge. Our main competition has been well underway for several weeks now and entries close on 4 May at 5pm. We are encouraging all students to get involved and enter because there is so much to be taken from it and great fun to be had as well.
Entries can come either as a single or in a group, either way, we can’t wait for the plethora of ideas. For more information, head to our Facebook page, ‘Entré Canterbury’, or straight to our website.
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.