UCE Summer Startup Programme 2019/20
The UCE Summer Startup Programme is an opportunity for you to fast-track your commercial or social enterprise venture into reality by working on it for ten weeks over the summer period. If you’ve got an idea, it’s also an opportunity to just give it a go!
Applications for the Summer Startup Programme 2019/20 closed 15 September 2019.
Info session 1: Wednesday 31 July, 11am
Info session 2: Thursday 15 Aug, 2pm
Programme Start - Wednesday 13 November
Final Pitch - Thursday 30 January
Annual Showcase - Tuesday 4 February
Programme ends - Wednesday 5 February
(The Programme closes for the Christmas break Friday 20 December 2019 and returns Wednesday 8 Janurary 2020.)
About the Programme
You will work for ten weeks from 13 November to 5 February.
You will use the Lean Business Model methodology in conjunction with supportive mentoring to experience what is involved in starting a new venture. You will also benefit from engaging workshops and seminars delivered by UCE staff and experts from Christchurch’s local innovation ecosystem. You will be expected to carry out most of your work in Christchurch and you’ll be provided with a dedicated workspace at the UC Centre for Entrepreneurship. Topics covered during the programme include:
Defining and validating the problem, pain or unmet need
Understanding and talking to your customer
Minimum viable product definition and development
Routes to market
Revenue and Cost structures
Intellectual property options
Team building and management
You will be required to give a five-minute presentation at the end of the programme, from which the top 10 present at our Annual Presentation evening in February. See photos from past presentations on our Facebook page.
In conjunction with the programme, a limited number of UCE Summer Startup Scholarships offer students $5,000 (tax-free) to work on their ventures.
The UCE Summer Startup Programme will conclude with final showcase where 10 of the best ventures will pitch their ideas to an industry panel. All are welcome to attend this exciting event.
Tuesday 4th February 2020, 6pm - 8pm
The Piano, 156 Armagh Street, Christchurch
Register now to attend through Eventbrite.