Summer Startup

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!

Key dates

Applications for the Summer Startup Programme 2019/20 closed 15 September 2019. 

Info sessions 

Info session 1: Wednesday 31 July, 11am

Info session 2: Thursday 15 Aug, 2pm

Programme dates

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.

Final Presentations 

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.

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