UC student-entrepreneur Summer Startup winners announced

12 February 2018

This year’s winning startup ventures created by keen young University of Canterbury student entrepreneurs have been chosen at the recent EY Summer Startup Annual Showcase.

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    Laura Robinson presenting her purposeful new approach to student volunteering, a startup called Purpose Projects, at the recent EY Summer Startup Annual Showcase.


Some of the UCE EY Summer Startup programme students from the 2017/18 cohort.

This year’s winning startup ventures created by keen young University of Canterbury student entrepreneurs have been chosen at the recent UCE EY Summer Startup Annual Showcase.

The 12 finalists came from the 32 entrepreneurs who have been part of the University of Canterbury Centre for Entrepreneurship (UCE) EY Summer Startup programme this summer.

Over the past 10 weeks, the students have been through what UCE Incubator manager Michelle Panzer describes as “the complete crash course in starting a business”.

“UCE is the catalyst for student entrepreneurs who have a business idea combined with real conviction,” she says.

“The outcomes of the UCE EY Summer Startup programme are measurable, sustainable and viable.  We have several students who have registered companies with early revenue as a direct result of the UCE programme. What’s more, all of our students finish the programme with hands-on, practical skills that set them up for careers in any industry.”

The students’ learning has been heightened by daily speakers, business mentors, and a number of pitch panellists. 

All the new ventures were pitched to a panel of judges with the top 12 ventures selected from this preliminary judging round to pitch at the final annual showcase.

The UCE EY Summer Startup showcase event, held late last week, attracted an audience of more than 200 people. Guests included a number of Christchurch business community leaders, sponsors and supporters of UCE, many of whom have been involved in the students’ startup journeys throughout the 2017/18 UCE EY Summer Startup programme.

UCE’s Entrepreneur in Residence, Graham Dockrill, was the keynote speaker for the evening describing UCE students as “exceeding the calibre, determination and sheer guts of their entrepreneurial contemporaries in New York and London”.

The 2017/18 UCE EY Summer Startup winners are:

Best Pitch – STATisfying Sport, Chris Bacon

Advanced Athlete Monitoring System: STATisfying Sport accurately monitors numerous athletes over a number of relevant metrics to reduce injury risk. A unique workload algorithm generates individualised feedback and recommendations to aid in injury prevention.

Best Hustle – Kōrure, Ron Park

Enabling healthy change: Kōrure’s New Zealand greenlipped mussel oil relieves joint pain associated with arthritis.

Best Opportunity & People’s Choice – Medsalv, Oliver Hunt

Making healthcare more sustainable: Medsalv helps hospitals reduce their financial costs and environmental impacts by reprocessing single-use medical devices and returning these to hospitals at a lower cost than the original device. This means fewer devices end up in landfill.

Best Social Impact – Purpose Projects, Laura Robinson

Acting Local, Going Global: Purpose Projects drives international community development while impacting our local community. This is a purposeful new approach to student volunteering. 

For further information please contact:

Margaret Agnew, Senior External Relations Advisor, University of Canterbury
Phone: +64 3 369 3631 | Mobile: +64 275 030 168margaret.agnew@canterbury.ac.nz
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