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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.

Entrepreneur’s Bootcamp 28-30 June

This year, for the very first time, the UC Centre for Entrepreneurship will be running a bootcamp over the coming winter break.

The bootcamp is an intense two and a half day event with the sole purpose of helping students develop their entrepreneurial capabilities.

If you would like to:

  • Progress an existing business that you have
  • Receive assistance in getting started with your idea for a business
  • Get help coming up with an idea for a business
  • Or, connect with other like-minded students and work on an existing venture

then the inaugural UCE bootcamp is for you.


By participating in the bootcamp you will benefit from:

  • Mentoring from experienced Canterbury business people
  • Expert advice from lawyers, accountants and other professional services
  • Excellent speakers
  • Engaging workshops
  • Dedicated support
  • Great food!

The bootcamp will kick off on the afternoon of Tuesday 28 June and run through to the afternoon of Thursday 30 June.

For more information about what’s in store for our participants, head to the bootcamp webpage. We will be updating the programme as we confirm more great speakers and benefits for you, so make sure you check back regularly.

If you are ready to dive in and make real progress with your entrepreneurial journey in just two and a half days, then register now by filling out this online form.