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Apply now for the Summer Startup Programme

Applications are now open for the 2016/17 Summer Startup Programme and we are looking for students just like you!

2015/16 Summer Startup students
2015/16 Summer Startup students

Our Summer Startup Programme is run over 10 weeks, 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 15 September.

If you are ready to dive into 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.

What students do at UC’s Centre for Entrepreneurship

UCE Bootcamp a success

UCE ran its first ever Bootcamp from 28 – 30 June for aspiring, student entrepreneurs as part of its Incubator Programme.

It was great to have so many students participate and it was even better seeing how much they learned and grew over just two and a half days.

Day 1

On day one we welcomed over 40 aspiring entrepreneurs to their two-and-a-half-day crash course in entrepreneurship. Students could either pitch their existing or new business idea (if they had one) or jump on board with other students to form teams. After teams were formed, we were joined by industry guests and UC staff to celebrate the official launch of the Bootcamp. Some students even pitched to the crowd, gaining substantial interest from our guests.

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Day 2

Day two was jam-packed with workshops, professional time and speed mentoring – as well as a free lunch of course. Workshops included a rundown of the lean canvas, social enterprise and market validation. We were also fortunate enough to be joined by staff of Duncan Cotterill and EY for professional legal and accountancy advice. The highlight of the day was the speed mentoring, with students having an hour to sit down and talk with local entrepreneurs and business leaders.

UC Centre for Entrepreneurship bootcamp held in Forestry, 29.6.16 Mentors and students interacting if F1. Client UC C of E, Samantha White. Permissions given and signed.

Day 3

The third and final day was another intense day for students. We had workshops on pitching, funding and intellectual property. ASB, Harvey Cameron and Saunders & Co staff also kindly volunteered their time to give students advice on banking, marketing and intellectual property. The rest of the day gave students time to work on their ventures and to prepare for the pitch battle. All teams delivered fantastic two-minute pitches to our judges and demonstrated a solid understanding of their respective problems and customers.

UC Centre for Entrepreneurship bootcamp held in Forestry, 30.6.16 Students interacting in F125. Client UC C of E, Samantha White. Permissions given and signed.

Bootcamp winners

Congratulations to the following students:

Best pitches

  • Cultivate waste – Louis Go
  • The Pegboard company – Markus Body

Most commercially viable ideas

  • M-Health Check – Sneha Pulapaka, Karen Ng, Lydia Luo and Samarth Kulshrestha
  • Pentest – James and Billy
  • Skedlink – Doris, Michael, Jamie and Caitlin
  • Grub – Peter, Bex and Duncan

Biggest social impact

  • Maori in Kura – Jess Templeton and Daniel Morris

Biggest improvement

  • Web Intristics.io – Andrey Konstantinov

For more information, check out the student feedback and view more photos.