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UCE Summer Startup students announced

The UCE Summer Startup Programme is a chance for students to work full time on fast-tracking the development of their ideas into realistic business ventures.

The ten-week Programme includes engaging workshops and seminars delivered by UCE and experts from Christchurch’s local innovation ecosystem. Students are supported through comprehensive mentoring and coaching while exploiting the Lean Business Model methodology to rapidly progress their ventures.

This year’s scholarship recipient’s ideas range from innovative shoe brands made with Coir (Coconut Fibre), to biodegradable hay wrapping alternatives for farmers, to an app for patients suffering from aphasia to overcome social isolation.

Returning scholars include Luke Campbell and Lucy Turner with Vxt, a smart assistant that converts voicemails to text.

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This is the seventh year the programme has run. It offers students the opportunity to push themselves to the next level over the summer semester and apply the knowledge they have to a real world application they are passionate about.

The Summer Startup Programme cohort is supported through $5,000 UC Innovators’ Scholarships. Scholarship recipients include five postgraduates and 23 undergraduates from across all five UC Colleges. Students come from a range of degree programmes including engineering, science, arts, commerce, law, product design, and Māori and indigenous studies.

At the end of the summer, every participant gives a five-minute presentation. The top ten are selected to compete at the Summer Startup Pitch Showcase. The Showcase on Tuesday 4 February is open to the public.

Congratulations to the following 28 students for earning a place in this year’s Programme:

  • Adarsh Raju
  • Ally Callinicos
  • Amanda Board
  • Amelia Morgan
  • Annabel Hurton
  • Anzac Gallate
  • Caitlin Buchanan
  • Caitlin Dow
  • Caitlin Soal
  • Chelsea Aitken
  • Corbyn Greenwood
  • Eleanor Hurton
  • Emma Pickup
  • Helen Mataiti
  • Jack Fraser
  • Jonathan Ring
  • Kaspar Soltero
  • Katie Young
  • Kayla Drummy
  • Kyla Allen-Jennings
  • Lucy Turner
  • Luke Campbell
  • Ngarie Scartozzi
  • Raghav Sood
  • Samuel Corder
  • Sara Al Halwani
  • Stefano Barfucci
  • Stephanie Beattie

 

Applications open – Momentum Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Is your work going to change the world? Have you been working on an innovative idea while studying? Maybe you’ve just launched your disruptive startup?

The Momentum Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award recognises you for making ‘significant progress developing an idea that can change the world.’ The award provides you with a national platform to spread the word about what you are up to. It will expose you and your idea to leaders in the New Zealand commercialisation and entrepreneurship scene as well as a large pool of potential investors and funders.

You do not need a business to qualify for the award – any significant contributions to innovation and commercialisation will be considered. Anyone who has been a student in the past 12 months is eligible.

Entries close on Wednesday 19 June.

If you are applying for the award then feel free to get in contact with the UC Centre for Entrepreneurship. We would love to help anyone with their application!

Ōtautahi 2025 Challenge

What will Christchurch be like in 2025? Do you have ideas of how to make Christchurch better?

Find solutions to some of Christchurch’s biggest problems with the Ōtautahi 2025 Challenge.

The Ōtautahi 2025 Challenge is a two day event in partnership with the Christchurch City Mission and the YMCA for students to brainstorm and develop future-focused concepts guided by mentors, industry experts, and business experts.

With prizes, a breadth of experience and a challenging way to boost your enterprise skills, this event is for you!

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