We owe a HUGE thank you to all our sponsors who have supported us this year.

Platinum Sponsors

The University of Canterbury is ranked in the top 250 universities in the world according to the latest QS World University Rankings. One of the top universities in New Zealand for research quality (Performance-Based Research Fund Report, 2006), the University of Canterbury offers a stimulating range of courses, a vibrant campus environment with students from around the world, and a great student lifestyle. UC balances the best of university life, providing a great student lifestyle.

You will learn from lecturers who write university textbooks, are internationally respected and push the boundaries of knowledge. UC’s world-class education is enhanced by the many outstanding international academics who visit each year on our staff exchange programmes. You may be taught by academic staff from Oxford or Cambridge.


At ANZ, we have been committed to New Zealand’s success for over 170 years. As one of New Zealand’s best known financial brands, ANZ offers unrivalled scale, diversity, resources and influence. We also have extensive global reach, connected to 31 markets around the world. ANZ is proud to be a Platinum Sponsor the Entré programme to support the development of entrepreneurial talent.


We're PwC and we're about making good businesses great.  We start with the best people, both within our firm and in our community, bringing fresh ideas and inspiring examples of small businesses making it big on the world stage.  We bring business knowledge and expertise that not only spans the generations but also the world.  We're big, but that only adds to the wealth of knowledge we can share with Canterbury's budding entrepreneurs.

Gold Sponsors

Ara is one of the South Island’s largest tertiary institutes with an outstanding reputation for innovative, well-structured and flexible programmes that respond to employers’ needs. Ara leads Canterbury’s skill-based training and delivers programmes that ensures students qualify work ready and trained for successful careers in engineering, trades, architecture, broadcasting, design, hospitality, performing arts, commerce, ICT, health care, science, languages and community care. Ara is working with community, industry and educational partners to create training opportunities that will build a workforce that contributes to the recovery and rebuild of Canterbury.


ChristchurchNZ works to optimise the economic and social opportunities that tourism, major events, city promotion and economic development can bring to Christchurch and Canterbury. We provide the vision and leadership to attract events, visitors, businesses, talent, students, investors and entrepreneurs to our city of opportunity.

AJ Park is the gold standard provider of intellectual property legal services throughout Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands.

We help companies and individuals protect and commercialise their ideas, inventions and brands. We’re passionate supporters of New Zealand’s innovation ecosystem and are privileged to work hand in hand with entrepreneurs, business owners, universities, crown research institutes and large multinational corporates to maximise the value of their intellectual property.

Regardless of what stage your idea or venture is at, or what technology or industry you operate in, we have the expertise and the people to assist you with developing and implementing IP strategies that match your goals and budget. Talk to us today. We’re here to help.


At Cavell Leitch our mission is simple  -  To look after you, brilliantly. 

Cavell Leitch has been a leading law firm for more than 90 years, with permanent offices in both Christchurch and Queenstown. We act for clients on transactions throughout New Zealand in all significant areas of legal advice. We have the people and the experience to handle all of your legal matters with certainty. Unlike most other law firms we operate under a genuinely specialist model.  Each lawyer works in one of our ten specialist teams – they don’t dabble in multiple areas at your expense.  Instead they collaborate with one another to ensure that the advice that you get is comprehensive, accurate and fast.  Our nine specialist teams are: Business, Employment, Property, Resource Management, Banking, Litigation, Immigration, Relationships, Trusts and Estates.

We pride ourselves on giving commercially practical advice that gives you and your business genuine guidance in the real world and we understand that our success depends on your success and not the other way around. We are passionate about our firm and in our ability to deliver outstanding results for our clients.


Smudge Apps is a specialist mobile software company. Founders Reuben Bijl and Toby Vincent were among the first New Zealanders on the app development scene in 2008 and have gone on to create bespoke B2B and B2C products for some of the country’s largest and most successful companies including SKY TV, Coca Cola Amatil, Fairfax/Stuff.co.nz and New Zealand Police.

Silver Sponsors

Training & Beyond is an award winning training centre specialising in cloud software apps. Online training and tailored education options, Xero training partner of the year 2011/2012. Training & Beyond has a great focus on innovation and using technology to help SMES achieve success. Training & Beyond have partnerships with leading software applications and maintain a high level of credibility in providing best practice training and software implementation.


powerHouse is an intellectual property commercialisation company using private and public investment to develop new spin-out ventures sourced primarily from research partners such as universities and Crown Research Institutes.


Narrative is a collaborative agency, built on a cooperative of freelancers. We are comprised of six individuals, spanning communications, events, social media, strategy, graphic design, photography, events and technical resourcing. We work with inspiring organisations doing great things: ranging from social enterprises, to charities to startups. The strength of Narrative is our ability to co-opt skills as required: reflecting, what we see, as the future of great work.


C-Lab is a coworking community that houses a wide variety of professionals, freelancers and entrepreneurs. From accounting, architecture, marketing and research - through to science and engineering, web development and storytelling.

With multiple membership options all including unlimited espresso coffee, unlimited high speed internet, and meeting room access. 

C-lab sits alongside the Innovation Precinct, in the ‘Boxed Quarter’ of Madras and St Asaph Streets.


Fonterra Ventures is a new team that has been set up under the wider Velocity & Innovation business unit at Fonterra. The role of the Fonterra Ventures team is to lead the company’s disruptive innovation agenda through the development of new business ventures. The focus for the team is to anticipate the consumers and customers of the future, building business models that meet their changing needs. The objective for Fonterra Ventures is to provide a global centre of excellence for fast moving disruptive business ventures.


Catalyst is a global team of skilled open source technologists. Since 1997, we've been dedicated to using the world’s best open source software and tools to deliver robust IT solutions for our clients. We provide open source solutions and services for a wide variety of organisations, including schools, universities, government departments, small businesses and major corporations, across New Zealand and all over the world.

At Catalyst, free and open source is not just what we do – it's what we stand for.