Tom has gone from studying business to running his own business. Not to mention he's in the NZ Elite rowing squad! See his story here.
Being at UC has opened up so many pathways for me that I didn’t even think were possible.
My entrepreneurship side is how I fund my rowing ambitions. I needed a job that would generate an income whilst allowing me to study and train, so I came up with my own company.
I am. I was in the Under-23 New Zealand rowing team for 2017. We went to Bulgaria and raced in the Men’s 8. My entrepreneurship side is how I fund my rowing ambitions. I needed a job that would generate an income whilst allowing me to study and train, so I came up with my owcompany.
It’s called the Pegboard Company. We create customisable shelving so people can easily store anything they need. I’m CEO and founder. I used to make the shelves too, but now I outsource the production so I can focus on more interesting aspects like advertising and sales.
It was accelerated through the UC Centre for Entrepreneurship. I was approached to join their Incubator Programme, which nurtures and develops young start-ups. We also got support through various scholarships and competitions, like the Summer Start Up and entré’s 85K Challenge. It was great having financial help as well as gaining connections and mentorship.
Really well. We’re increasing sales as we continue to grow. It’s definitely enabled me to follow my passion for rowing. The flexibility of having my own business has been great because being in the Under-23’s squad means I have to relocate to Cambridge from April to August.
I have to be highly organised! UC has been really accommodating which helps. They’ve allowed me to do papers by distance so I can watch my lectures online and submit assignments over email. The lecturers and faculty at UC have been hugely supportive.
UC has made it easy for me to pursue things other than my degree. I think that’s important for students. You don’t want to get tunnel vision. You want to be able to mature, learn and excel in a variety of areas. Being at UC has opened up so many pathways for me that I didn’t even think were possible.