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From the latest news to insight into the world of entrepreneurship. Read on for interesting stories from UCE staff, students, alumni and guest speakers.

Kathmandu NZ Student Social Enterprise Challenge

2 October 2017 | Tim Mills
I was lucky enough to be a part of the UCE Kathmandu NZ Social Enterprise Challenge recently, hosted by the UC Centre of Entrepreneurship (UCE). Coming into the competition, I had very little knowledge of social enterprise and the role impactful businesses play in our world today.
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University of Oxford students visit UCE

14 September 2017 | Daniel Chan
On 5 September, 18 students from the University of Oxford came through the UC Centre for Entrepreneurship (UCE) as part of their three week course learning about Christchurch, post-earthquake.
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Institute of Directors: Craig Jones

14 September 2017 | Victoria-Rose Tucker
The event was an evening function with Craig Jones, the co-founder of Corbel Construction, speaking on the topic of moving from the corporate world into entrepreneurship.
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Bootcamp #2

14 September 2017 | Christy Kimble and Jess Scarsbrook
The UCE Bootcamp was an incredible day filled with learning, business development and amazing people. This year, there were participants from both the University of Canterbury and the University of Oxford working on a variety of business and social enterprise concepts. It was amazing to see how much the participants – including myself – and their concepts developed throughout the day.
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Institute of Directors Governance Workshop

4 September 2017 | Emma McNicoll
I was lucky enough to recently attend the Institute of Directors (IoD) Workshop evening held in conjunction with the UC Centre for Entrepreneurship. I learnt about governance including what a board of directors does, whom they report to, and what their purpose is.
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SDS International Business Case Competition 2017

4 September 2017 | Will Chambers
The SDS International Business Case Competition in Queenstown was certainly an unforgettable experience for the University of Canterbury team, World Consulting. Although it had its ups and downs, overall, everyone had an incredible time with some amazing people.

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Lane Neave LawTech Bootcamp

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21 August 2017 | Stine-Lise Budge
The Lane Neave LawTech Bootcamp brought together students from various disciplines to tackle challenges posed by ever-advancing technology to the legal sector. Teams were challenged to devise an innovative and implementable solution to a selection of issues that were identified by Lane Neave.
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TradeMe CEO Jon Macdonald

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21 August 2017 | Josie Milton
On Friday the 4th of August, the UC Centre for Entrepreneurship was very lucky to host Jon Macdonald, the CEO of Trademe for a Q&A session. Jon is a UC Alumni, who studied a BE(Hons) in Electrical Engineering before joining Deloitte and meeting Sam Morgan (founder of Trademe).
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Funding Series: Crowdfunding

Monday 21 August, 2017 | Katherine Pearse
Alongside government grants, crowdfunding can provide another successful avenue to gain external funding. Crowdfunding is generally where projects or ventures are funded by the raising of monetary contributions, typically from a large number of people.
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Funding Series: Government Grants

Thursday 3 August, 2017 | Katherine Pearse
After initial self-funding and organic growth, startups often seek to utilise the support from government grants to take their startup to the next stage. In New Zealand, there are a number of different avenues, often dependent on the type of startup.
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Paris School of Business

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July 2017 | Hikaru Lim
I was privileged to be one of the University of Canterbury’s (UC) first students to participate in the Paris School of Business’ (PSB) short study programme for 2 weeks during our winter break. The programme consisted of two streams to choose from: Luxury Brand Management and Doing Business and Entrepreneurship in Europe.
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Institute of Directors Workshop

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Monday 24 July, 2017 | Isabelle Smith
On Monday 24 July, Jacob Bignell and I were selected to attend an Institute of Directors workshop. Professor Ingemar Dierickx was a fantastic presenter; he had clear messages and effectively used personal anecdotes and quizzes to engage us in the workshop and make us think. The workshop taught us a variety of techniques for informal influencing which were insightful and very relevant. We are both looking forward to putting our newfound techniques into practice.

Inspire Canterbury 2017

Thursday 29 June, 2017 | Laura Waller & Christopher Butlin
Inspire Canterbury 2017″ was an eye opening experience that left me highly motivated and driven to being the very best person I could possibly be. I am truely grateful to have had the opportunity to attend.
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Funding Series: Overview

Wednesday 21 June, 2017 | Katherine Pearse
This latest blog series will feature the numerous types of external funding available to start-ups in New Zealand, with a special focus on Christchurch. Support for start-ups is abundant in New Zealand. In Christchurch we are particularly fortunate with a complete area of the city designated to start-ups, the Innovation Precinct. However one roadblock that almost all start-ups face at some point is funding.
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Reflections from Startup Weekend

Monday 12 June, 2017 | Samantha White
This year we sent 12 students to the 2017 Christchurch Startup Weekend on the 19th to 21st of May. Here are some reflections from the students.
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Innovation Precinct Series: Kathmandu

Thursday 8 June, 2017 | Katherine Pearse
Innovation is at the heart of the work of adventure-wear business, Kathmandu. Consumers seek ever-changing requirements, the latest in technical fabrics and new product designs. For Kathmandu, a move into The Innovation Precinct has been named as a ‘stand-out choice’. As one of the anchor tenants of the Precinct, a purpose built, new Head Office was opened in June last year.
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Co-Working Series: BNZ

Thursday 25 May, 2017 | Katherine Pearse
Christchurch is a changing landscape and for co-working spaces, this is no exception. Earlier this year, BNZ opened a co-working space in their BNZ Centre on Cashel Street. Specifically aimed at small to medium-sized businesses with the purpose of enhancing collaboration in the city, the space is aptly named ‘community101’.
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Innovation Precinct Series: GreenHouse

Thursday 11 May, 2017 | Katherine Pearse
One of the stand-out buildings of the Innovation Precinct is the innovation hub, GreenHouse. The hub is located on Lichfield Street and is contained within the same building as Pot-Sticker Dumpling Bar and Sal’s Pizza. Opened in 2015, it thrives thanks to a partnership between Canterbury Development Corporation (CDC) and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).
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Tradestaff Bootcamp 2017

Sunday 30 April, 2017 | Katherine Pearse
On the final Thursday and Friday of the holidays around 30 students descended on UCE for the UCE Tradestaff Bootcamp. Over an intense two days, students formed teams to bring ideas to life. With problems to solve, goods to produce, services to provide or social impact concepts, each team and individual brought something unique to the overall experience.
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Innovation Precinct Series: EPIC

Thursday 27 April, 2017 | Katherine Pearse
Time and time again you would have passed the corner of Tuam and Manchester streets and seen the EPIC (Enterprise Precinct and Innovation Campus) Centre. Perhaps what you didn’t know was what goes on behind the doors of what’s been termed ‘our very own silicon valley’.
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Innovation Precinct Series: Vodafone xone

Thursday 13 April, 2017 | Katherine Pearse
Christchurch is lucky enough to be home to the New Zealand Vodafone xone. Other Vodafone xones thrive in Amsterdam, London, Milan and Silicon Valley. In Christchurch, the xone is situated within Vodafone New Zealand’s southern headquarters, a brand new $50m building in the Innovation Precinct in the central city.
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180 Degrees Semester 1 2017 Overview

Thursday 6 April, 2017 | Neeraj Patel
180 Degrees Canterbury is well underway into this semesters projects! A few weeks ago, we held our recruitment evenings (not as scary as it sounds, pizza was provided!) for our new consultants, where they got to work together for the first time on a quick-fire business case.
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