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Innovation Jumpstart submissions open – enter now

Innovation Jumpstart 2019 is now open! Are you a UC academic staff member with an innovative idea or invention that you want to turn into a reality? Then Innovation Jumpstart is for you. The competition is open to all UC academic staff from every college. Simply fill in the application form here and email it to innovation-jumpstart@canterbury.ac.nz

The top five competition projects will each receive $20,000 funding to help with experimentation, proof-of-concept and/or technology/service development.

The Research and Innovation (R&I) team are on hand to give advice and support during the submission process. The R&I team also provide a number of workshops in the lead up to the submission date to help you think about the different aspects of commercialising your idea or invention. Workshop details will be shared on Intercom.

Applications close Friday 18 October 2019, at 6pm.

Find more information here>

New – Innovation Jumpstart 2018 – Opens Monday 21 May

Innovation Jumpstart gives UC academic staff a chance to transform their innovative ideas into reality.  

Any UC academic staff member can apply with their idea or invention that may have a potential market application.

The competition is opening on Monday 21 May 2018 for applications. 

Innovation Jumpstart competition is an extension of the successful Tech Jumpstart competition held in previous years with ideas considered from any University research area.

Winning projects will each receive $20,000 funding to help with experimentation, proof-of concept or technology development.

Entries will be judged by a panel of entrepreneurs and UC staff with a track record of innovation.Find inspirational links from the former Tech Jumpstart competition below. 

KiwiNet is supporting the competition again this year and WNT Ventures and Astrolab are each offering an additional special prize of incubation services alongside the main cash prizes for the projects that show the most commercial promise.

Applications close 6pm, Friday 10 August 2018. The application form and further information is available here:>

For queries contact Pam Glover in Research & Innovation or email: innovation-jumpstart@canterbury.ac.nz

Check out these links for inspiration:

But remember, the  competition has extended to innovation rather than Tech.

New nitrate detection tech could save waterways>

UC biotechnologist creates new biodegradable coating to protect crops>

UC engineers develop in-situ damage detection for building steel>

UC scientists design award-winning laser sensor for nitrates in water and soil>

Special prize in Tech Jumpstart 2017

Tech Jumpstart is all about creating value from innovation. It gives UC academic staff the chance to transform their innovative ideas into reality, with up to five projects receiving $20,000 funding over six months to help with technology development, as well as commercialisation support from Research and Innovation.

Tauranga-based Technology Incubator WNT Ventures is offering a special prize for the 2017 Tech Jumpstart competition, for the project that shows the most commercial promise. Intercom asked Carl Jones from WNT about WNT’s involvement.

What encourages WNT ventures to support this initiative?
This is the second year that WNT Ventures has supported UC Tech Jump Start and we are pleased to be involved again.  We see this event as a wonderful opportunity to help support scientific entrepreneurs and academics take their ideas and research closer towards commercial outcomes. We work very much on a partnership basis and we see this as being an extension of that ethos.  We couldn’t do what we do without the great ideas created within the University of Canterbury and we aim to bring some real value alongside hopefully improving everyone’s knowledge along the way.

What advice would you give to anyone considering entering this competition?
If you are seeking to achieve a commercial outcome, understand the market need early and what problem or pain you are solving and who is the most willing to pay for it right away.  If possible, develop knowledge around the economics of the concept, ie, how much might someone be willing to pay for it, how many potential customers are there, and how much does it cost to produce?

What has excited you about the outcomes of past Tech Jumpstart competitions?
There have been some fantastic ideas over the years in such a broad range of sectors and it is that which interests us most.  We observe some real areas of strength, but the ones from last year that turned out to be the strongest were some of the ones that we least expected.

Find out more about Tech Jumpstart and enter before 4 August 2017

Workshop to give head start on Tech Jumpstart competition

Last week UC Intercom announced that the Tech Jumpstart competition has opened, this year with the chance to win more. What better way to get a head start than to attend a Commercialisation 101 workshop facilitated by Seumas McCroskery and Alice Marsh from KiwiNet on Thursday 8 June.

Read on for some inspiration  from Kiwi Innovation Network Limited Commercialisation Manager  Seumas McCroskery, find details on the workshop including how to register, and get ready to take the plunge into Tech Jumpstart 2017.

What perceptions might people sometimes have that can stop them from realising their dream of transforming an innovative idea into reality? What is the most important advice you would ask them to think about?

There is often a perception that transforming an innovative idea into reality, i.e. commercialisation, will sacrifice traditional research principles and priorities. We would ask those people to consider that commercialisation is a complementary pathway to see their ideas reach and benefit the world while still aligning with ongoing research and teaching priorities. Also, you are not alone! There are a range of people available to help you on this journey.

I’m sure many people have an inkling that their innovation might have a potential market application. Can you give us a taste of what people will find out in Commercialisation 101 on 8 June that will help them take the next step?

People who have an inkling that their innovation might have a potential market application will find out that there a number of important questions to answer. Does it solve a problem? Can you find potential buyers? Is there a market for it? We will answer these questions by working through a useful take-home framework, the ‘Science Innovation Canvas’. The answers to these questions are also important when writing grant applications to MBIE and HRC.

Can you share some examples of technology transfer from UC that has excited you?

What we find exciting is the capability and range of ideas that have come from UC. We have seen awesome innovative solutions for aquaculture, health and safety, building infrastructure, electronics, human health and sport and leisure.

What are your thoughts on the calibre of innovation you have encountered at UC?

UC has always been a treasure trove of innovations. UC staff have won at the annual National KiwiNet Commercialisation Awards on multiple occasions. Both staff and students are working on cutting edge research. There are close relationships with businesses in the Canterbury area and there is strong in-house capability and support from the Research and Innovation team.  New approaches are continually being implemented to bring awareness and tools to allow more UC staff and students to flex their innovation muscles.  KiwiNet is proud to work with UC to support and celebrate the successes.

Seumas McCroskery,Commercialisation Manager Kiwi Innovation Network Limited

Commercialisation 101 – Event Info
DateThursday, 8 June 2017
Time10am – 4pm 
FacilitatorSeumas McCroskery and Alice Marsh – KiwiNet
LocationKirkwood KA04
Registration tech-jumpstart@canterbury.ac.nz