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$5K Summer Startup Scholarship applications open

Want to ditch your boring summer job and get paid $5K to work on your own business this summer?

Check out the UCE Summer Startup Programme – an awesome opportunity to fast-track your business or social enterprise by working on it full-time for 10 weeks over summer. 

You don’t need an up-and-running business, just an idea and drive to make cool stuff happen! 

Come along to an Information Session or contact uce@canterbury.ac.nz to find out more.

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!