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Apply now: UCE Summer Startup Programme

Do you have an idea for a business or social enterprise but don’t know where to start? Are you interested in entrepreneurship and startups and want to give it a go? Or, do you have skills or expertise that would benefit a local startup? The UCE Summer Startup Programme could be for you.

Run over 10 weeks from November 2018 to February 2019 the Summer Startup Programme is a  fantastic opportunity for you to become involved in the startup world — either by working on your own idea or a project for a local startup. We have $5,000 scholarships available so you don’t have to worry about that summer job while you work on your venture or project here in the UCE space.

The programme and scholarships are open to all undergraduate and postgraduate students from all levels and areas of study, you just need to be enrolled in Semester Two, 2018. Applications are open now and close on Friday 15 September, 12.00 noon. Spaces are strictly limited.

Apply now by completing the online application form> 
Find more information about the programme and scholarships on the UCE website>

Summer Startup Programme – Apply now

Katherine Pearse was part of the Summer Startup Programme 2016/17 and highly recommends other students sign up this year. Applications are open until Monday 18 September. Find out more>

Last summer, I was one of 36 students to take part in the UC Centre for Entrepreneurship (UCE) Summer Startup Programme. It was a full-on but totally inspiring 10 weeks. For me, it was all about giving it a shot and trying something different. Applications for the programme are welcome whether or not you have an idea for a business or social enterprise.

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Over the 10 week programme you are guided through the stages of bringing a business or social enterprise to life. Some people (including me) had just an idea at the start of the programme, while others already had a fully fledged business or social enterprise, and used the programme to gain further help and expertise. An example of students and their businesses on the programme included; a student developing the idea of a technology based virtual reality system for health and safety in the workplace. While other students were more focussed on the concept of a social enterprise and had businesses ranging from a successful public art exhibition project to one that creates fair-trade and ethical street wear (Mallu). Other ideas were by students who had really successful home storage systems (Tom from Pegboard Co. and Laura from Rad Home). It was really fun to be in such a diverse environment with people who were so passionate about their ideas!

Working at UCE over the summer and having that time solely focussed on a business idea was key – not to mention all the support from UCE. Each week has a different focus that is applied to your business/social enterprise, from intellectual property to marketing to investment – you name it, it was covered! A highlight for me was the countless speakers (almost everyday) who gave presentations on their own entrepreneurial journey and businesses. Think serial entrepreneurs, at the top of their field from all over New Zealand. Mentorship is another big focus of the programme. We had numerous ‘speed networking’ sessions with those in the business/entrepreneurial/social enterprise scene in Christchurch who helped to validate and give feedback on our work. Moreover, we were able to really capitalise on the connections and mentors provided by UCE.

The unique learnings from the programme, business connections, chance to meet new people in an inspiring environment and a $5k scholarship are all worth it – you are basically paid to give your entrepreneurial streak a chance over the summer! I’d highly recommend you apply!

More information about the Summer Startup Programme can be found hereApplications close 12pm, Monday 18 Septemberapply now!

Apply now for the Summer Startup Programme

Applications close soon for the 2016/17 Summer Startup Programme so apply today for your best summer yet!

Our Summer Startup Programme is a 10 week programme from November 2016 to February 2017. It is a fantastic opportunity for you to become involved in the start-up world.

All are welcome – with or without an existing venture or idea.

We also offer a number of scholarships which provide you with $5,000 paid over the duration of the programme! As an official UC scholarship, this will also show on your UC transcript, should you be successful.

By applying today, you are making the first step towards your best summer yet. Our alumni and previous participants consider the Summer Startup Programme to be their best spent summer ever.

Applications close at 12pm on Thursday the 15th of September.

If you are ready to dive in for this fantastic opportunity then fill out this online form.

Still not convinced? Check out our alumni stories or this handy article on 10 reasons why you should apply.

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2015/16 Summer Startup students at the final presentations