Summer Startup students announced

08 November 2018

The UC Centre for Entrepreneurship (UCE) is excited to be kicking off their sixth annual Summer Startup Programme.

  • UCE Final Showcase 2018

    Laura Robinson receiving her award for 'Best Social Impact' at the 2017/18 UCE EY Summer Startup Final Showcase from EY staff: David Winter & Jen Corbett.

The UCE EY Summer Startup Programme is a chance for students to work full time on fast-tracking the development of their ideas into realistic business ventures. The 2018/19 cohort is the sixth group to take advantage of this opportunity to push themselves to the next level over the summer semester. Congratulations to the following 25 students for earning a place in this year's Programme.

Introducing the UCE EY Summer Startup Programme 2018/19 cohort:

  • Sima Bagheri

  • Janice Fan

  • Daniel Brown

  • Harshal Panidepu

  • Luke Holroyd

  • William Fulton

  • Lucy Turner

  • Luke Campbell

  • Zhanni Luo

  • Tayla Johns

  • Thomas Maslin

  • Megha Malhotra

  • Christopher Bacon

  • Jack Wood

  • Matt Goodson

  • Jack Andrews

  • Fisi Belle Carrasco

  • Amelia Morgan

  • Chelsea Aitken

  • Christy Kimble

  • Natasha Milton

  • Elizabeth Peters

  • Rory Clifford

  • Ngarie Sadlier

  • Rasshi Raicha

The ten-week Programme includes engaging workshops and seminars delivered by UCE staff and experts from Christchurch’s local innovation ecosystem. Students are supported through comprehensive mentoring and coaching while exploiting the Lean Business Model methodology to rapidly progress their ventures.

The Summer Startup Programme cohort is supported through $5,000 UC Innovators’ Scholarships. Scholarship recipients include 9 Postgraduates and 15 Undergraduates from across all five University of Canterbury Colleges. Students come from a range of degree programmes including Engineering, Sports Science, Fine Arts, Commerce, Law, Arts, Science and Product Design.

At the end of the summer, every participant gives a five-minute presentation. The top 10 are selected to compete at the Summer Startup Pitch Showcase. The Showcase, Thursday 7 February, is open to the wider public and attracts an audience of more than 250 people.

See photos from past Showcases on our Facebook page.

For further information please contact:

UC Centre for Entrepreneurship (UCE) by emailing

Or follow UCE on Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn | Twitter

UCE Graham Dockrill speaking

It’s hard being an Entrepreneur – UCE makes it a little easier

The excitement of becoming an entrepreneur can full you with enthusiasm. Focusing on the opportunities and creating your own business is incredibly ...

UCE EY Summer Startup speed mentoring with Jen Corbett from Programme Sponsor EY

Summer Startup Update Week 2: Feedback, validation, and new perspectives.

The second week of the UCE EY Summer Startup Programme saw the students receive quick-fire, expert advice in their first speed mentoring session.