Transform your innovative idea into commercial reality!
Applications for Innovation Jumpstart 2021 are now open.
Research & Innovation is offering Innovation Jumpstart funding of $100,000 (5 x $20,000 prizes) to UC academic staff who have research ideas with significant economic or social/environmental impact.
Any UC academic staff member can apply for Innovation Jumpstart funding, and proposals can be from any research area.
Projects will be awarded funding to help with the commercial pathway, along with commercialisation support and possible access to additional funding sources for continued development. Entries will be judged by a panel of local entrepreneurs and UC staff with a track record of innovation.
Winners should be ready to begin projects upon receipt of the funding and be interested in supporting the ongoing commercial development of their idea.
Winners will each receive $20,000 for commercial development (5 x prizes) from $100,000
Categories include Economic and Social/Environmental
Open to UC academic staff only
Entries close 1 October 2021
Winners announced in November 2021
This year’s competition is sponsored and supported by Kiwinet, Bridgewest, WNT Ventures and AJPark.
I wanted to update you regarding a recent change to the sponsorship and delivery organisation accountability for the Student First Lifecycle Programme (which incorporates Student First, the peripherals project as well as the operational management of Jade, our Student Management system).
UC Council recently endorsed a decision by our Senior Leadership Team to realign the governance arrangements for the Student Lifecycle Programme which now reports through to an Executive Sponsor rather than an Senior Responsible Owner (SRO). Responsibility will transfer from Professor Ian Wright, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research to the new Executive Sponsor, Keith Longden, Executive Director, Planning, Finance and IT.
Day to day delivery accountability will also change to be through the Digital Unit – with the Project Director Iain MacPherson now reporting to me and joining the Digital Leadership Team. This change has no other immediate operational impact on the programme team or ITS.
Golden Key is the world’s largest collegiate honour society with a mission to enable members to realise their potential through the advancement of Academics, Leadership and Service. Membership into the society is by invitation only and applies to the top-performing 15% of all students, based solely on academic achievement. Membership has grown to a network of over 2 million members from more than 190 countries.
The University of Canterbury chapter of Golden Key (UCGK) is a student run club that is affiliated with the UCSA. The executive team of UCGK is made up of UC students who are members of Golden Key and work to host events that benefit its members and the wider community. The UC chapter undertakes a variety of events throughout the academic year, which range from community service activities to networking events. UCGK’s marquee event for the year is a mentorship programme, which is designed and run by UC students as an ongoing community service activity for local middle school students.