UCE Summer Startup Programme


The UCE Summer Startup programme is a 10-week programme to help students progress their business venture. Students participate in workshops, network and build relationships, pitch their venture at events and develop their idea or venture into a feasible and scalable business or social enterprise.

Additional Information

Activities could include:

  • Engaging in educational entrepreneurship sessions
  • Receiving advice from UCE staff and external business mentors
  • Participating in pitch battles
  • Undertaking market validation  

Hours involved in the activity

12 hours minimum

Every 12 hours of participation in an activity is equal to one intersection point (12 hours = 1 intersection point).
For this activity you can claim a maximum of 3 learning and development outcomes.


James Carr
Email: james.carr@canterbury.ac.nz

Work readiness skill/Graduate attribute

By actively engaging in this activity, you can claim against the pre-determined intersection points detailed below. You should reflect on your experience and select the WRS/GA intersection point(s) that best represents your learning outcome.

  • B1 - Communication - UCE Summer Startup students deliver presentations, write reports, and engage with the UCE Community.
  • B2 - Initiative and enterprise - UCE Summer Startup students will develop and grow their own venture and ideas, or form teams to progress an existing idea by engaging with the UCE and external community.  
  • B3 - Leadership - UCE Summer Startup students take ownership and lead conversations with people in the community, relevant industry leaders and mentors about their idea or venture. 
  • B4 - Learning - UCE Summer Startup students attend mentoring, feedback sessions and events and seminars around Christchurch extending their knowledge and experience of entrepreneurship. 
  • C1 - Comunication - UCE Summer Startup students develop professional and effective communication skills when working closely with their team and the UCE Community. 
  • C2 - Initiative & enterprise - UCE Summer Startup students will develop and grow their own venture and ideas, or form teams to progress an existing idea.  
  • C3 - Leadership - UCE Summer Startup students progress their idea by leading co-founders or team members into engagments with the community and mentors. Team members seek opportunities to be leaders within the team.
  • C4 - Learning - UCE Summer Startup students apply learning from educational entrepreneurial sessions, mentors, and feedback sessions to find solutions and develop new ways of expanding their idea or venture. 
  • C5 - Planning and organisation - UCE Summer Startup students will gain experience planning and organising how they will pursue and develop venture ideas. This will include prioritisation. 
  • C6 - Problem solving - UCE Summer Startup students will learn to develop a venture idea to solve real problems.  
  • C7 - Self-Management - UCE Summer Startup students will organise themselves and be efficient with their time to balance their studies, the venture they are involved with and other commitments. 
  • C8 - Teamwork - UCE Summer Startup students will learn to work as a team and sharing experiences and learnings with the group.
  • C9 - Technology - UCE Summer Startup students will learn to use a range of technologies in progressing the venture they are working on.
  • D2 - Initiative & enterprise - UCE Summer Startup students look overseas for potential suppliers and customers.  
  • D4 - Learning - UCE Summer Startup students learn from overseas examples to apply or adapt the idea they are working on.  
  • D6 - Problem solving - UCE Summer Startup students can look overseas to see what problems and what potential solutions have already been developed to apply or improve the idea they are working on.  
  • D9 - Technology - UCE Summer Startup students will research international technologies to maximise efficiency and cost effectiveness while developing the idea they are working on. 
Matrix intersection points for UCE Summer Startup (highlighted in grey)
Co-curricular Record (CCR)

UC Graduate Attributes (GAs)

Bicultural Competence & Confidence Community Engagement Employability Innovation & Enterprise Global Awareness
Work Readiness Skills (WRS) Communication A1 B1 C1 D1
Initiative and enterprise A2 B2 C2 D2
Leadership A3 B3 C3 D3
Learning A4 B4 C4 D4
Planning and organising A5 B5 C5 D5
Problem solving A6 B6 C6 D6
Self-management A7 B7 C7 D7
Teamwork A8 B8 C8 D8
Technology A9 B9 C9 D9

CCR criteria

  • UC affiliated
  • Not an academic prerequisite
  • Not for academic credit

Are you interested in participating in this activity? Sign up to CCR and then apply to participate using CareerHub.