Innovation Jumpstart 2021

Transform your innovative idea into commercial reality!

Research & Innovation is offering Innovation Jumpstart funding of $100,000 (5 x $20,000 prizes) to UC academic staff who have research ideas with significant economic or social/environmental impact.

Projects will be awarded funding to help with the commercial pathway, along with commercialisation support and possible access to additional funding sources for continued development.

WNT Ventures and Bridgewest Ventures are each offering additional support to two of the winners alongside the main awards.

Entries will be judged by a panel of local entrepreneurs and UC staff with a track record of innovation.

Any UC academic staff member can apply for Innovation Jumpstart funding, and proposals can be from any research area.

Winners should be ready to begin projects upon receipt of the funding and be interested in supporting the ongoing commercial development of their idea.

  • Winners will each receive $20,000 for commercial development (5 x prizes) from $100,000
  • Categories include Economic and Social/Environmental
  • Open to UC academic staff only
  • Entries close 13 October 2021 **new date - extension due to covid disruption**
  • Winners announced in November 2021

Apply now via the portal.

For questions or support, email commercial@canterbury.ac.nz or contact one of our Business Development Managers in Research & Innovation.

Innovation Jumpstart

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