Sunday 30 April, 2017
On the final Thursday and Friday of the holidays around 30 students descended on UCE for the UCE Tradestaff Bootcamp. Over an intense two days, students formed teams to bring ideas to life. With problems to solve, goods to produce, services to provide or social impact concepts, each team and individual brought something unique to the overall experience.
Features of the two-day programme included guest speakers, speed networking events and a final pitch battle on Friday afternoon. The development from the initial ‘idea-sharing’ stage on the Thursday to the final pitches on the Friday showed the sheer amount of work and effort teams and individuals put into their ideas.
The five-strong judging panel of external business people and entrepreneurs from the Canterbury region had a tough decision to name the top three winners from the event. The results are as follows:
- First place ($200 cash prize):Zoe Haws who is developing communication techniques to help deaf children
- Second place ($100 cash prize): Averill Williamson-Moser who developing mindfullness app to help anxiety
- Third place ($50 cash prize): Carl Bolland, Megan Peralez and Dilon Goldsmith who are developing video content to get more students involved in science.
As one student said: “Bootcamp was an amazing opportunity to flesh out the foundations of a start-up and bounce ideas around with mentors and other entrepreneurs”.