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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

Smart Markets for Water Resources

Increasing pressure on water resources means that society needs to be smarter. New technologies can combine with market approaches to get more value from water while better protecting the environment. Join the Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management in the release of a book on one new technology, Smart Markets for Water Resources: A Manual for Implementation. The book is co-authored by John Raffensperger (now at Rand Corp.) and Waterways member Mark Milke.

The event provides an opportunity to look forward to better incorporating new technologies and market approaches in water resource management. Dr Eric Crampton, Chief Economist at the New Zealand Initiative, will open with a short presentation regarding the role of markets in freshwater management.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017
5:30 – 7:00 pm
Upstairs, Ilam Homestead
University of Canterbury

Nibbles provided and drinks are available at the Staff Club Bar downstairs. A PDF flyer is available for distribution with more information.

All are welcome – please email suellen.knopick@canterbury.ac.nz to RSVP.

UC Website Search

Information Technology Services (ITS) and the Web Team have replaced the UC website search with a new solution  called  Mind breeze. We are continuously working towards enhancing the search tool based on feedback as well improving the metadata on our current content pages.

If you have any feedback on improvements on the new search appliance, please log a request via https://assist.canterbury.ac.nz

Clive Keylard
Information Technology Services

Commercialisation 101 Workshop: 8 June

The Tech Jumpstart competition 2017 is now open.

To help staff considering entering the competition, KiwiNet is delivering a free Commercialisation 101 Workshop on Thursday 8 June 2017 at the University of Canterbury.

Time: 10am-4pm

Date: Thursday, 8 June 2017

Location: Kirkwood KA04

What will I learn?

  • The principles of technology transfer, and how it can align with ongoing research and teaching priorities.
  • How to strengthen your grant proposals and increase the value proposition of your research.
  • In those ‘Eureka!’ moments, what comes next? Who is there to help?
  • How the world can be rewarded by access to your innovations, and how you can too.

For further information contact Cheryl Stephenson in R&I or email your registration to tech-jumpstart@canterbury.ac.nz