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Apply NOW for our next Bootcamp!

It is a one-day Bootcamp, held on Friday 8 September. This is our second Bootcamp for 2017.

Applications close midday, Wednesday 23 August.

The UCE Bootcamp is an opportunity for students to fast-track their businesses. It is also a good opportunity to showcase your venture for the Summer Startup Scholarships. For students without existing busineses, our Bootcamp provides an opportunity to jump headfirst into the startup scene - even if you don't have an idea, we can help you create one!

What is the UCE Bootcamp?

The UCE Bootcamp is run over one or two days, typically during the semester breaks. The programme is jam-packed with workshops, speed mentoring, professional advice, and culminates in a pitch battle with students pitching their venture in two-minutes to a panel of judges. Participants learn hands-on the fundamentals of starting a business or social enterprise.

In 2016, over 50 students worked in diverse, interdisciplinary teams with students from across the university, facilitating cross-polination of ideas and experience not normally found in the classroom. Participants included a mix of undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as existing incubator and entre $85K participants. A large number of the students were also completely new to the startup space.


What can I expect?

The UCE Bootcamp is a one or two day programme designed to help you progress you business in a short amount of time.

Who can apply?

The UCE Bootcamp is open to any UC student who was enrolled in at least one course in 2017, whether you have an idea for a business or not. If you have an existing business, or an idea for one, we can help you grow it over the course of the programme. If you don't have an idea, we can help you come up with an idea for you own business or connect you with another student venture.

If you are an Ara student participating in the entré $85K Challenge, you are also eligible to apply.

Who will find the Bootcamp useful?

Any student who has a business, wants to start a business, or is looking to get involved in the startup scene will find our bootcamp beneficial. The bootcamp will be particularly useful for:

  • UCE Incubator students
  • BSNS290 students
  • entré $85K Challenge contestants
  • Anyone else looking to get involved!


Bootcamp #1

Our Bootcamp #1, sponsored by Tradestaff, ran at the end of the Easter Holidays on the 27th and 28th of April. We had over 40 students participate in our Bootcamp with some fantastic businesses and ideas.


Student Feedback | 2016 Programme | Bootcamp Photos


This year student ventures varied widely from a business that sold ants to high-end restaurants to a concept app that supports people with chronic illness. All ventures pitched to our panel of judges which included Sean Barnes of Ākina, Geoff Brash of GBJ Innovation, and Ian Douthwaite and Rachel Wright of UC Centre for Entrepreneurship.

The following awards were made:

Best pitches:

  • Cultivate waste – Louis Go
  • The Pegboard company – Markus Body

Most Commercially viable ideas:

  • M-Health Check – Sneha Pulapaka, Karen Ng, Lydia Luo and Samarth Kulshrestha
  • Pentest - James and Billy
  • Skedlink - Doris, Michael, Jamie and Caitlin
  • Grub - Peter, Bex and Duncan

Biggest Social impact:

  • Maori in Kura – Jess Templeton and Daniel Morris

Biggest improvement:

  • Web – Andrey Konstantinov

Industry Involvement

The 2016 Bootcamp was an opportunity for industry to engage with our students and young entrepreneurs. This year there was huge support from the local entrepreneurial community with over 25 external stakeholders volunteering to be mentors to our students over the course of the two days. In addition to our expert mentors, several businesses (EY, Duncan Cotterill, Harvey Cameron, ASB and Saunders and Co.) provided free professional advice to the student ventures.

What happens after Bootcamp?

Once you have participated in our Bootcamp and want to continue your business, or if you are unable to attend, your next step is to contact Incuabtor Michelle Panzer ( to get involved with our Incubator Programme in Semester Two.

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