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We love to collaborate. Our partnerships with organisations and entrepreneurs are essential in developing the entrepreneurial mindset throughout the University. We seek partnerships and volunteers to help develop enterprising graduates with the tools to transform knowledge into wealth.

We love to collaborate. Our partnerships with organisations and entrepreneurs are essential in developing the entrepreneurial mindset throughout the University. We seek partnerships and volunteers to help develop enterprising graduates with the tools to transform knowledge into wealth.

How you can get involved?

Get involved in a way that suits you. Passionate about speaking? Lead in a seminar. Love to share your experience? Become a mentor. Got a sharp eye for success? Become a judge. Organisations can provide innovation or commercialisation projects for our programmes or event become a valued sponsor. We look forward to welcoming you to our community.


Programmes

We offer a wide range of innovation, entrepreneurship and commercialisation programmes. Find the one that’s right for you. Read more…

Events

Successful entrepreneurs and business experts will inspire you at our next networking or speaker event. Read more…

Volunteer

All of our programmes are a blend of leading academic thought and real-life experiences from people who have been there and done it. We need volunteers from the entrepreneurial and business communities to give their time to bring our programmes to life. We are always seeking judges, mentors and speakers for our experiential programmes such as Velocity and the programmes run from our innovation hub and maker space, Unleash Space.

Opportunities available:

Velocity Innovation Challenge Judge (May)
This Challenge is also known as the “1,000 words for $1,000 competition”. Around 300 entries to the Challenge are judged by 100 judges. With each judging team assessing about 10/15 entries and following a meeting with all the judges’ groups, winners are awarded a $1,000 prize. The time commitment is about 10 hours over three weeks.


Velocity $100k Challenge (August)
Approximately 50 judges read around 80 entries to the Velocity $100k Challenge. Each judging team assesses about 8 to 10 entries. The submissions for this Challenge are more in-depth and frequently more technical. The judges select 15 teams to go through to the final round of the competition. The time commitment is about 10 hours over three weeks.

Velocity $100k Challenge Mentorship (August – September)
The 15 finalists teams are supported by two mentors to help them in the final stage of the competition. The groups meet with their mentors every week during the 7-week competition to help them develop a business plan and win a share of the $100k Challenge prize. The competition has five winners, and the prize is access to the University incubator (and a little seed funding). The time commitment is about 14 hours over seven weeks (though many mentors invest more time).


Mentors in Residence (April – October)
Start-up teams sign up to talk for 25 minutes, one-on-one, to an expert/mentor about specific questions they have. All updates are captured in a Miro board.

The commitment from the expert is around 1 to 2 hours per month, via Zoom.

Summer Lab (Jan/Feb)
A four-week ideation and validation programme. Frequently this is the first step for participants into entrepreneurship. The programme finishes with a presentation by the teams to a panel of judges. The time commitment is about 2 hours per week, over four weeks.

“Supporting smart, enthusiastic people learn and grow in their understanding is perhaps the most rewarding thing you can do – and in this case, we’re working with the brightest talent in New Zealand.  So many of the teams are looking to truly change the world with their innovations – and they know it’s possible because of those who have gone before them in earlier years.  It is immensely rewarding for the mentors to see real life outcomes, sometimes many years later, from a team that benefitted in its early days from just a few hours of your time.”

Debra Hall – entrepreneur, investor, director.

CIE Code of Conduct

We are committed to fostering an open exchange of ideas; encouraging freedom of thought, expression and debate; and creating an inspiring and supportive environment for all our students and staff. We are equally dedicated to providing a safe and harassment-free experience for everyone engaging with the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Harassment includes but is not limited to; gender, sexual orientation, ability, appearance, race, age and religion.

If you experience any form of harassment or feel unsafe during any interactions with the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and its members, representatives or industry partners, please report this as soon as possible to either:

  1. A Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship staff member, either in person, or see cie.auckland.ac.nz/contact-us for contact details.
  2. The Proctor’s office: Email proctor@auckland.ac.nz or phone 027 839 3832.

All allegations will be investigated, and principles of natural justice applied (“the right to be heard” and “no person may judge their own case”).

If you feel we fall short of our values or our commitment, please speak up. We want and need to hear from you.

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