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ISpyNits solves pain point for caregivers

For ISpyNits founder Kate Ricketts. This working mother added some scientific research, a crash course in entrepreneurship and the launch of her own start-up into the mix – all in the space of 18 months.

Breaking barriers: Sarah Liu’s mission for gender equality

Sarah's vision for the future is ambitious: to end gender inequality in her lifetime and create a world where men and women are equal leaders. With her unwavering dedication and innovative approach, Sarah Liu is striving to help create a more inclusive and equitable future.

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University of Auckland staff recognised in Europe with Educators For Impact awards

Three staff from CIE have received Educators for Impact Awards, across two separate award categories for two separate education initiatives. The awards programme is funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, bringing together Higher Education educators across disciplines to develop entrepreneurial competencies and employ innovative pedagogies in their educational programmes.

Exchange students learn to be a generation of changemakers

An innovative programme that merges sustainability education with an introduction to social entrepreneurship has provided inbound study abroad and exchange students at Waipapa Taumata Rau, the University of Auckland with a unique, experiential learning opportunity. Participants have the opportunity to work with others to explore how innovation and entrepreneurship can tackle climate challenges.

Jasper Miller-Waugh: from motorised couch mastermind to Creative Technologist

Jasper Miller-Waugh began his first year of university a few weeks ago, already primed to be an innovator with a love for turning quirky ideas into reality and a passion for all things tech. Jasper, along with his buddies Nathan, Taine, Ara, Cam, and Carolyn, entered university in style, on their self-built motorised couch, which debuted on campus at O Week.

Alimetry: Shaping the future of medical diagnosis

Digital healthcare and diagnostic company Alimetry is a prime example of how academia and industry can work together to create pioneering innovations. Alimetry started their journey in the Auckland Bioengineering Institute (ABI) and Faculty of Medical & Health Science’s Surgical Engineering Lab, where years of interdisciplinary research laid the groundwork for their breakthroughs in digestive health. Alimetry's core offering revolves around body surface gastric mapping, a first-of-its-kind non-invasive diagnostic aid for gut health. Their wearable device, Gastric Alimetry, offers a non-invasive solution for gastric disease diagnosis.

The student venture developing sun protection shampoo

For newly-minted entrepreneur Ella Gibb, the best adventures happen outdoors – and if the sun’s shining, even better. It’s unsurprising, then, that her first entrepreneurial venture is one that speaks to this passion for fun in the sun: the young outdoor enthusiast has founded a company called “Sun & Set”. The first Sun & Set product to hit the market is Sun Powder, a dry shampoo with a difference: it contains 10 per cent zinc, adding sun protection to the cleansing properties of a standard dry shampoo.

How to make the most of a cup of coffee

Taking experienced professionals and founders out for coffee in exchange for their shared wisdom is a common occurrence for people staring out in their entrepreneurship journey. CIE mentors are skilled professionals who are keen to share their know-how and skills. However, they are also busy, and their time is precious, so preparation is key when it comes to meeting them for coffee.

New university study tour aims to inspire Māori entrepreneurship

Kurutao is a new programme from Waipapa Taumata Rau, the University of Auckland, designed to expose Māori tauira (students) to the world of entrepreneurship. Conceived by Engineering student Hiraia Haami-Wells, the study tour aims to shed light on the myriad of opportunities an entrepreneurial mindset provides Māori youth with while honouring and incorporating Māori cultural values.

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