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Ministry of Awesome’s new Startup Activation Coordinator a recent graduate

If Christchurch becomes even more awesome in coming months it may be in part due to recent UC graduate Jacob Varghese.

After a five-week internship at Ministry of Awesome in January, Jacob Vargh now works as Ministry of Awesome’s Startup Activation Coordinator. Ministry of Awesome’s Startup Activation Programme works as a launch pad for entrepreneurs in the city, giving them support and mentoring to make their venture market ready.

Jacob moved from India to New Zealand in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Economics from the Loyola College, Madras University, India. In December 2017 he graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma in Business (PGDipBus) at UC.

A day in the office involves one-on-one business mentoring with multiple Christchurch startups.

Jacob found his PGDipBus, a UC Executive Development Programme (EDP) course, very helpful in honing his business skill set, stepping up to a more senior level and preparing him to tackle a managerial position. He was also a student at UC Centre for Entrepreneurship (UCE), participating in Bootcamps and coming along to guest speakers, his highlight being Bill Reichert.

“The best opportunity UCE gave me was inviting me to a talk by Bill Reichert, Managing Director at Garage Technology Ventures. To engage with someone like that in a university setting was great and definitely a highlight.”

Jacob says he has found UC Centre for Entrepreneurship and Ministry of Awesome to be closely linked.

“They both have an aligned vision in wanting to make Christchurch the city of opportunities, constructing a good ecosystem and creating jobs for our future workforce.”

Upcoming! The UCE Sustainability Challenge, 19 – 20 April

The UCE Sustainability Challenge is a two day Challenge running 19-20 April and is open to all tertiary students that are interested in positively contributing to our planet.

It is about innovation around environmental sustainability problems such as waste and carbon outputs. 

In just two days students will be taken through a structured programme that involves brainstorming, idea refinement and market validation in order to identify a solution.

Students will learn how to effectively work with others, how to compromise, how to communicate with mentors and experts and how to present a compelling pitch to a judging panel of industry experts and entrepreneurs.

Students have the option of either pulling together a team of 4-5 or entering individually and getting placed in a team.

Please encourage students to apply here. Final registrations close on Tuesday 17th April, 5pm.

Lane Neave LawTech Bootcamp

The UC Centre for Entrepreneurship (UCE) has a new opportunity for students—the Lane Neave LawTech Bootcamp.

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As the digital world continues to evolve, technology plays an increasingly central role in how customers do business and how law firms deliver their services. Technology can make legal advice and services more accessible, quicker, and cheaper. It is now more important than ever for law firms to meet the market through the smart use of technology.

Taking place in Term 3, from Friday 11 to Sunday 13 August, the Bootcamp brings teams of students together from a range of disciplines where they will work to develop tech-based solutions for the legal sector. The weekend will finish with student teams pitching their strategies to a judging panel and the chance to take away a share of the $3,000 prize pool.

This opportunity is open to all current UC students from all levels and areas of study. However, it may be of particular interest to students in law, management, marketing, information systems, computer science, and/or software engineering disciplines.

If you know any students who would be interested in this Bootcamp, please forward this information on or direct them to the UCE website. Applications are now open and are closing at 12pm (noon) on Friday 28 July. Students can apply by completing the online application form.

Additionally, if you are an academic with expertise that may be beneficial to the cause and would like to get involved in this competition, contact Michelle Panzer at michelle.panzer@canterbury.ac.nz ext. 93404