UCE Social Enterprise Challenge 2018

03 October 2018

Tiny homes for millennials, planter box subscriptions, a rage room, and so much more! UCE’s second annual Social Enterprise Challenge brought students from across the country to solve some of our most pressing issues.

  • UCE Social Enterprise Challenge 2018

    Photo: (from left to right) Laura Waller, Carl Hockey, Chelsea Aitken and Edze Bierema from Lime Town, winners of the Social Enterprise Challenge 2018.

UCE Socail Enterprise Challenge Speed Mentoring

Speed mentoring session at the UCE Social Enterprise Challenge 2018.

11 teams, 50 students, 20 mentors, and 4 judges collaborated over 48 hours for the Social Enterprise Challenge 2018, hosted by the UC Centre for Entrepreneurship (UCE).

Students were tasked with coming up with a social enterprise that makes Christchurch more resilient by reducing the negative impacts of one of three key stresses: equity and inclusion, climate change, and health and wellbeing. The question was set by the Christchurch City Council (CCC) and the students worked closely with CCC staff to identify the core issues they were facing.

After an intense two days of brainstorming, mentor sessions and multiple checkpoints, teams presented to a judging panel consisting of Usman Iftikhar (CEO of Catalysr), Mark Cathro (Partner at Duncan Cotterill), Karla Gunby (Christchurch City Council) and Sussie Morrish (Associate Professor UC Business and Law), who decided on the following winning ideas:

  • 1st Place: Laura Waller, Tori McNoe, Edze Bierema, Chelsea Aitken and Carl Hockey. Lime Town is a tiny home community specifically targeted at young people through a rent to own scheme.
  • 2nd Place: Andre Castaing, Kalvin Yap, Kirsty Brown and Sophia Taing. Project Bounceback is a physical space in Christchurch specifically designed to relieve stress.
  • 3rd Place: Kaushal Patel, Ashley King and Timothy Wilson. Acorn Solutions lease temperature and humidity sensors to renters to encourage landlords to improve heating and insulation on their properties.

Students enjoyed learning about the processes involved in developing a social enterprise and the way it “makes you think about current issues and what you can do to potentially make a difference in the community.”

Edze Bierema and Laura Waller from winning team, Lime Town, explained the Challenge as an “intense and fun-filled two days with a problem specific to the Canterbury region but broad enough to allow creativity and tailor a solution with our teams' passions in mind”.

All participants of the Challenge received a free ticket to Day One, the flagship event of the Impact Summit.

200+ students attended the Day One Impact Summit including students from Auckland, Dunedin, Wellington, and even Sydney.

UCE would like to thank their core partners Christchurch City Council, Ministry of Youth Development and Duncan Cotterill for supporting the Social Enterprise Challenge 2018.

For further information please contact:

UC Centre for Entrepreneurship
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