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Boost Economics Competition

13 January 2024

Have you got an innovative economic growth idea for Waitaha | Canterbury or your own region?​ Find out about our Boost Economics competition.

Entries have closed for 2023

In groups of 2-3 come up with an innovative economic growth idea for Waitaha Canterbury or your region with the theme ‘Ka titiro whakamuri, ki te anga whakamua | Guided by the past, shaping the future’ which is the UC 150th Anniversary theme.

The process to enter is easy:

Enter your idea with a PowerPoint presentation (no longer than 6 slides or 5 mins long).

  • Early entries will be up for spot prizes (opened 13 March)

Entries closed on Wednesday 10 May at 4pm.

Top 10 submitted ideas will be invited to a speed mentoring afternoon at UC Business School with top academics to get feedback on their submission – Thursday 18 May

Top 10 groups present their idea live to a panel of 3 Judges on Thursday 1 June

Winners announced on the night!

  • 1st Place $1000
  • 2nd Place $500
  • 3rd Place $250

Amongst other spot prizes!

  • Is the idea innovative?
  • Does the idea reflect the theme?
  • Is the idea clear?
  • What assets/comparative advantages does your idea build on and how? 
  • What value would your idea bring and to whom? 
  • What costs would be involved to implement your idea? 
  • How would you know that your idea has been successfully implemented? 
  • Is the idea practical enough to be implementable?
  • How well is data and analysis used to support the idea and to estimate its impact?
  • Is the PP presentation informative, creative and coherent?
  • Has the idea considered a bicultural Aotearoa and multicultural communities?

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