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Sustainable Futures – where nature and knowledge collide

Where nature and knowledge collide, University of Canterbury researchers are building Sustainable Futures. Throughout July, we are sharing some of the innovative research University of Canterbury people are creating to grow society’s understanding of the natural world and shape a sustainable future for generations to come.

Check out how Ben and William, founders of KiwiFibre Innovations are turning ti kōuka (cabbage tree) and harakeke (flax) into new natural composite materials. Read the story>

In cultivating a spirit of curiosity, we contribute to the pool of diverse knowledge to pass on to the next generation and inspire and empower future researchers to overcome the challenges of the changing world. Through tiakitanga we will enhance and nurture our resources – He kaitiaki tatou katoa.

See University of Canterbury research building towards Sustainable Futures.

Celebrate the next generation of entrepreneurs at the UCE Summer Startup Showcase.

UCE Summer Startup Showcase

The UC Centre for Entrepreneurship’s Summer Startup Programme is a 10-week accelerator which gives students an opportunity to fast-track their business ventures and social enterprises. The Showcase features pitches from the top 10 teams and is your chance to witness Canterbury innovation at its finest. Over 250 seats have already been reserved – make sure you secure your free ticket, now!

Thursday, 4 February at The Piano, 156 Armagh Street, Christchurch.

  • 5:00pm Doors open
  • 5:30pm Pitches and awards
  • 6:30pm Networking, drinks and nibbles


Bridging the Gap Summer Challenge

Got a great business idea? 

The UC Centre of Entrepreneurship (UCE) summer challenge is an exciting opportunity for UC students to work in teams to help Asia New Zealand Foundation in its mission to equip Aotearoa New Zealand to engage with Asia.

During the challenge, you will receive mentoring and input from industry experts to help your team develop your idea. The top ideas will get a share of the $1,500 cash prize pool as well as support from Te Kura Umanga | UC Business School to turn your idea a reality.

This challenge is the perfect opportunity to network with other students and industry experts, hone your skills, build your CV and experience new ways of working for real change.

Register here!


Who should sign up?

UC students across all degrees and study levels are welcome to attend our challenge! No previous experience or knowledge of Asia is required.

Do I need a team in advance?

If you already have a team, that’s great –  you can register as a team (3 to 5 people max.). Otherwise, we will organise a team for you. All you need to do is register.

Challenge info

  • Challenge Launch: Friday 15 January afternoon
  • Challenge: 9 am – 5 pm, Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 January
  • Location: UC Campus, Rehua Building, 6th floor, room 620/BTM space

Questions? email uce@canterbury.ac.nz

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This event is run by the UC Centre for Entrepreneurship, Te Kura Umanga UC Business School and the Asia New Zealand Foundation.