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Marketing Smackdown – registrations close 29 July

The Marketing Smackdown is a two-day challenge where you will find innovative ways to solve problems that the Christchurch business community is facing.

You will get the opportunity to hear inspirational speakers, and work with mentors and experts in the marketing industry, and have the opportunity to win cash prizes. If you’re interested in the power of marketing, this is the event for you!

We supply you with all the information and people you need to get the most out of your experience. All you need to do is apply and turn up! All tertiary students are eligible to register, either as a team or as individuals. Registrations close Sunday 29 July, the Challenge is 4 – 5 August with the launch on Thursday 2 August.

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If you have any questions please contact Hannah Rhodes at hannah.rhodes@canterbury.ac.nz.

Register now for the MYOB IT Challenge

The MYOB IT Challenge is a week long business and technical challenge where you work in teams to come up with real world solutions for MYOB. It is a great opportunity to develop your technical skills, business knowledge and network with industry professionals. There is also a chance to win cash prizes and represent UC at the National Final in Auckland! Teams of 2-4 students will have one week to come up with a proposal and conceptual design in response to the Challenge Brief, and present it to a panel of judges. The winning team will be sent to the National Final where they will build a working prototype and compete for the $5000 prize pool, as well as internships opportunities!

Applications close Wednesday 25 July and the challenge runs 26 July – 3 August. Register now>
If you have any questions please contact James Carr at james.carr@canterbruy.ac.nz

Impact Summit’s inspirational speakers

Day One is the flagship and final event of the Impact Summit and will take place 29 September. Don’t miss out – early bird tickets are on sale now!

Usman Iftikhar will be flying in fresh from receiving the Commonwealth Young Person of the Year award, presented to him by Prince Harry. Usman will be sharing a few of the things he learned starting his social enterprise, Catalysr, a startup accelerator that helps refugees and migrants realise their entrepreneurial ambitions.

From an entrepreneur to a journalist, to being our youngest Member of Parliament, Chlöe Swarbrick has no shortage of inspiring stories to tell. She’ll be heading down south for the day to teach everyone a lesson in how to smash the world’s expectations of millennials.

Last but certainly not least, entrepreneur and creative, Bonnie Howland, is a 22-year-old fighting avoidable blindness through her beauty company, Indigo & Iris. Bonnie will be gracing the stage to share her top tips on all things social enterprise, design and how to get 2,210 people to pledge money for your product before it’s even on the shelf!

This event is a first for Christchurch but the team have plans to build the Impact Summit into an annual event that brings together young innovators to celebrate their successes as well as learn how to go even further. The event is lead by the UC Centre for Entrepreneurship and supported by a student committee and student clubs. This provides multiple opportunities for students to hone their skills as well as making sure the content is exciting and relevant.

The Impact Summit will help young people to develop the skills they need to take their next steps – whether those steps are personal, community-focused or global. 

‘The kaupapa of the Impact Summit is to not only inspire but equip young people with the skills and connections they will need to lead New Zealand into the future. We’re incredibly excited to bring an event like this to Christchurch,’ says Hannah Rhodes, UCE Programme Manager.