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Summer Lab

Make the most of your summer and start something wonderful. Experiment with entrepreneurship at Summer Lab!

Join the Summer Lab programme and build a venture. Free for all current students and staff of the University of Auckland.
No prior experience with innovation, entrepreneurship or business required.

Summer Lab – 3 – 28 February, 2020

Applications close in November.

Summer Lab

Make the most of your summer and start something wonderful. Experiment with entrepreneurship at Summer Lab!

Join the Summer Lab programme and build a venture. Free for all current students and staff of the University of Auckland.
No prior experience with innovation, entrepreneurship or business required.

Summer Lab – 3 – 28 February, 2020

 


About Summer Lab

Summer Lab is a 4 week experience that is designed to ignite the entrepreneur within you. We teach you the essential skills needed to turn ideas into business ventures. We aim to inspire through action-oriented learning.  This includes rapid prototyping, workshops, access to entrepreneurs and industry leaders as guest speakers, as well as using tools and frameworks to shape innovative thinking. We explore emerging technologies, minimum viable products, and concepts such as design-led thinking, using a range of business canvases. On the final day your team will share their ideas by pitching their venture to a panel of judges. You will then receive feedback and guidance.

Through Summer Lab you’ll get to be a part of an entrepreneurially-minded community who want to turn ideas into tangible, robust businesses. You’ll connect with others also interested in making a difference, ideate solutions, learn tools to develop your ideas, work in teams, and get the support of mentors and facilitators. And have a lot of fun along the way! All you need to do is bring your creativity, skills, and enthusiasm.

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Watch our highlights from Summer Lab 2019

Programme structure

Week 1: Team formation, Business Models and Lean Start Up, Market Validation, Design led thinking, Building the Entrepreneurial Team

Week 2: Conversations with Key Stakeholders, Customer Insights, Building Minimum Viable products, Team Culture Setting, Understanding technology trends

Week 3: Intellectual Property, Entrepreneurial Finance, Funding Growth: Bootstrapping and Funding, Doing Deals: Constructive Relations between Founders and Investors, Theory of Change

Week 4: 1:1 team support and pitching showcase

 

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What will I get out of the programme?

This is a truly exhilarating experience. Come and be part of an accelerated learning environment that uses your creativity and problem solving skills to make a positive impact!

Collaborate with and get to meet new people. Expand your networks with people from a variety of backgrounds and study disciplines who all have the common goal of wanting to take ideas off the paper and into real life. You will challenge your thinking and be amazed by what you achieve.

Ideate solutions, learn new skills and tools, and build real-life projects and ventures that make a difference to our world.

Take part in workshops and mentoring in a fast-paced, high energy collaborative environment.

Meet and get support and advice from industry experts who will be your advisers and mentors throughout the programme.

You will get a certificate acknowledging your participation in the Summer Lab programme. This is also a great experience to highlight on your LinkedIn profile and to note on your CV to demonstrate the skills learned to potential employers. There will also be a range of spot prizes and competitions throughout the programme to keep you and your team motivated!

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Funding

Summer Lab is free for all current University of Auckland students and staff. A prize pool of $3,000 will be up for grabs at Summer Lab to help jump-start that venture idea.

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Make the most of Unleash Space

Summer Lab is hosted by the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and will take place at Unleash Space; the University’s inspirational innovation and entrepreneurship hub.

Unleash Space includes a state-of-the-art Create and Maker Space to create, experiment and rapid prototype your ideas. The space is completed with collaboration and event spaces, meeting rooms and break out areas.

In order to ensure that you can get the most out of the exciting tools, technology and machinery in the Create and Maker Space, we require all Summer Lab participants to gain access before 4 February 2020.

Gaining access to the Create and Maker Space is easy:

  1. Read the Code of Conduct
  2. Take the online quiz – you require 13/15 to pass
  3. Book a 45 minute Orientation session

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Meet the facilitator

Dr Jamie Newth is a Lecturer in Innovation and Entrepreneurship within the Management and International Business Department at the Business School, University of Auckland. Outside of the university, Jamie is the founder and CEO of Soul Capital, New Zealand’s first impact investment organisation.

For the last three years, Jamie has delivered popular startup accelerator and corporate  innovation  programmes  for  the  Centre  for  Innovation  and Entrepreneurship.   Jamie   is   known   for   weaving   practical   and   personal experience  into  his  facilitation,  making  content  relevant  and  engaging  for course  participants  regardless  of  their  academic  background.  He creates a safe, inclusive environment for students to test ideas, to step outside their comfort zone and try something new. Jamie makes everyone feel welcome.

 

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Apply now

Applications close 19 November but places are limited. Applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Blogs: Summer Lab student perspectives

Where can Summer Lab take you?

You’ll be truly surprised at where Summer Lab could take you. In the case of science student Neil Birrell it took him all the way to India, where he now has a production plant and full-time employees.

Neil’s venture Hexacycle uses maggots to process waste into fertiliser and chicken feed. He first developed the idea during Summer Lab. Learn more

 

“I had a free summer in my second year of uni and I wanted to learn skills beyond my Law and Arts degree – Summer Lab was a great introduction to entrepreneurship and business generally. It showed me that it is entirely possible to turn ideas into reality. I got to know people in the social innovation sphere and did The Social Experiment (a design thinking workshop), co-organised a Social Hackathon, joined the World Economic Forum Global Shapers, and was a team mentor at a recent NZTA Hackathon. All of that came from the interest sparked and knowledge gained in Summer Lab”. Janna Tay – Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws. Learn more


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