Congratulations to the 2018/19 cohort for the UCE EY Summer Startup Programme:
Fisi Belle Carrasco
The Summer Startup Programme cohort is supported through $5,000 UC Innovators’ Scholarships.
The ten-week Programme includes engaging workshops and seminars delivered by UCE staff and experts from Christchurch’s local innovation ecosystem.
At the end of the summer, every participant gives a five-minute presentation.
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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
- Excellent speakers
- Engaging workshops
- Dedicated support
- Great food!
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.
Overall winner Millie McKelvie’s entry
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.
Make sure you follow entré on Facebook and check out the website for more details and to keep up to date with all of their events, including free business workshops!