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Making brain surgery smarter with Artificial Intelligence

One year ago, Neurofanos was announced as the overall winner of the 2022 Velocity $100k Challenge and the entrepreneurial journey for this multidisciplinary team of biomedical engineers, neurosurgeons, researchers, and academics was launched. Their winning innovation is a revolutionary AI-driven tool capable of measuring and analysing the structure of the brain in real time. It is a technological advancement with the potential to support neurosurgeons to perform more accurate surgeries, leading to improved patient safety.

Pacific start-up set to take on the world

Dr Serena and Gerald Naepi took out third place in the University of Auckland’s $100k Velocity Challenge with a tailored project management software system, designed to support the unique needs of academics and researchers.

Velocity programme wins Global Entrepreneurship Network NZ Award

The University of Auckland I Waipapa Taumata Rau, has been recognised for the outstanding achievements of its Velocity entrepreneurship development programme by the Global Entrepreneurship Network New Zealand (GEN NZ). Velocity recently was awarded for Academic Initiative of the Year at an event held at GridAKL’s Future Lab.

Launching a future for New Zealand space start-ups

Two spinouts from the University of Auckland Business School’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) have formed a collaborative relationship, resulting in both start-ups participating in the 2023 New Zealand Aerospace Summit.

Student innovation skills recognised with Distinguished Graduate Awards

Nearly two dozen student participants of the Business School’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) have had their newly acquired skills and extra-curricular work recognised with a University of Auckland Distinguished Graduate Award.  Award recipients received their certificate at a recent celebration event held at the Fale Pasifika.

Auckland’s Terrible Ideas Hackathon goes global

A hackathon that celebrates creativity and stupidity has gone global. The Terrible Ideas Hackathon at Waipapa Taumata Rau | the University of Auckland is about to run for the third year in a row, taking place at its original home of Kura Matahuna | Unleash Space - the innovation hub run by the University of Auckland Business School’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE). This year it will also simultaneously run on 8 – 10 December in Sydney, London and Whangārei.

Old brewery now a powerhouse of industry, innovation and entrepreneurship

Formerly home to the iconic Lion Brewery, Waipapa Taumata Rau | University of Auckland purchased the 5.2-hectare Khyber Pass property in May 2013. Just over ten years later, many people are curious about what is happening inside the expansive facilities. Known as the Newmarket Campus, the area encompasses a wonderland of facilities, equipment and research capabilities to support the Faculties of Engineering and Science. The site also hosts the New Zealand Product Accelerator and is home to the University’s Newmarket Innovation Precinct (NIP), a multidisciplinary industry-facing research and development community.

2023 Innovation Blues Awards Winners named

An unprecedented number of students from different disciplines have been recognised as outstanding student innovators in the 2023 University of Auckland Blues Awards. Their innovations span everything from solutions to improve brain surgery to interventions to address social isolation in the elderly.

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