Who: University of Canterbury – Centre for Entrepreneurship (UCE)
What: Student Programme
The University of Canterbury Centre for Entrepreneurship (UCE) facilitates a number of programmes designed to enable students to develop and exercise their creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial skill set.
WHO DO YOU WORK WITH AND WHAT KEY CHALLENGES DO YOU HELP THEM SOLVE?
The majority of UCE’s programmes are targeted at tertiary students in the Canterbury region to build their capabilities in entrepreneurship and innovation.
UCE programmes are an opportunity for students to apply themselves to challenging real world issues outside of a traditional lecture hall or classroom environment. We focus on programmes that enable experiential learning, student directed activity and a bias to action. We help entrepreneurs and innovators fill gaps in their knowledge and experience through mentoring, coaching and skill development.
UCE offers five core programmes.
- Summer Startup Programme: An intensive 10 week programme run in the summer semester providing a structured opportunity for students to work full time on pursuing their own venture. All tertiary students in Christchurch are welcome to apply.
- Hatchery: The Hatchery is UCE’s Incubator Programme for students. Mentoring, coaching and advice provided throughout the academic year to students developing their own ventures. UCE supports both for-profit and social ventures.
- Innovation Challenges: UCE run many 48 hour innovation challenges throughout the year in partnership with organisations or community groups. Student teams compete to develop a concept solution to problems facing a business, industry or sector. Most of these Challenges are open to tertiary students in the Canterbury region.
- Competitions: UCE support and facilitate student teams competing in competitions and challenges run by UCE or others. E.g. MYOB IT Challenge and the SDS Business Case Competition
- Workshops and speaker sessions: Throughout the year UCE organises speakers and workshops to expose students to a diverse range of viewpoints and to build entrepreneurial and innovation capability in the student body.
Over the course of 2018, UCE will engage with more than 1000 students across our diverse range of events, programmes, and classes.
In addition to growing engagement with all of the student programmes we run, UCE are launching an annual day of workshops, speakers, panel discussions, entertainment and networking called Day One on September 29. In 2018, as part of the UCE Impact Summit, Day One attendees will come together to start or continue their entrepreneurial journeys.
WHAT EXCITES YOUR TEAM ABOUT THE WORK YOU DO?
At UCE we are passionate about giving students opportunities to gain real world skills and knowledge preparing them the best we can for the rapidly changing world. We love seeing the students we work with have an impact through the execution of their own ideas. We are also excited about the number of students starting to explore the use of social enterprise, B Corp, and values driven enterprise to make a difference in their communities.
WHAT MESSAGE WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE WITH THE NZ ENTREPRENEUR COMMUNITY?
For New Zealand to continue to be competitive on the economic world stage, we need to build capability in entrepreneurship and innovation amongst all sectors of our population. If we are successful the outcomes will result in both economic and social impact meaning better quality of life for all who live in New Zealand.
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