Entré $85K Startup Challenge 


The Entré $85K Startup Challenge is a competition for students who have a business idea they wish to develop with guidance from mentors, learnings from speakers, and advice from business experts. $85K worth of prizes up for grabs! For more information visit the Entré website.

Eligibility/Selection Criteria & Process

Applicants submit a written application form. 20 finalists are selected to participate in the Challenge.

Finalists are selected based on:

  • A written application including details about their business idea, it’s current status, market research and validation completed, and the team behind the idea
  • Development over a month utilising feedback from mentors and taking part in a 3-day bootcamp
  • An interview with a panel of judges

Hours involved in the activity

One module of a minimum of 12 hours. For every 12 hours of active learning you can claim recognition for one skill and one attribute. NB: opportunities only exist to develop the skills and attributes specified for this activity in the grey areas of the table below. 


Mary Cunningham
Email: mary.cunningham@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 - Entré $85K Startup Challenge students students deliver presentations, write reports, and engage with the business Community.
  • B2 - Initiative and enterprise - Entré $85K Startup Challenge students will develop and grow business venture ideas that have benefits for local, national and/or international communities.  
  • B3 - Leadership - Entré $85K Startup Challenge students take ownership and lead conversations with people in the community, relevant industry leaders and mentors about their idea or venture.
  • B4 - Learning - Entré $85K Startup Challenge students attend mentoring, feedback sessions and events and seminars around Christchurch extending their knowledge and experience of entrepreneurship.
  • C1 - Comunication - Entré $85K Startup Challenge students develop professional and effective communication skills when working closely with their team and the business Community.
  • C2 - Initiative & enterprise - Entré $85K Startup Challenge students learn to successfully develop their venture ideas, either for profit and social enterprise. 
  • C3 - Leadership - Entré $85K Startup Challenge students progress their idea by leading co-founders or team members into engagments with the community and mentors. Team member seek opportunities to be leaders within the team.  
  • C4 - Learning - Entré $85K Startup Challenge 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 - Entré $85K Startup Challenge students will gain experience planning and organising how they will pursue and develop venture ideas. This will include prioritisation.
  • C6 - Problem solving - Entré $85K Startup Challenge students will learn to develop a venture idea to solve real problems.
  • C7 - Self-Management - Entré $85K Startup Challenge 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 - Entré $85K Startup Challenge students will learn to work as a team by sharing experiences and learnings with the other finalists. 
  • C9 - Technology - Entré $85K Startup Challenge students will learn to use a range of technologies in progressing the venture they are working on. Students will also be looking at current and future technologies to incorporate in their business solution.  
Matrix intersection points for Entré $85K Startup Challenge (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

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

Are you interested in participating in this activity?