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Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.

University of Auckland named Entrepreneurial University of the Year

The University of Auckland was named 2020 Entrepreneurial University of the Year at the Asia-Pacific Triple E Entrepreneurship and Engagement Excellence Awards in Higher Education. Other contenders for the category included entrepreneurial superstars such as Tel Aviv University, the University of Adelaide, University of Technology Sydney and Malaysia’s Management and Science University.

Professor Thorsten Kliewe, Chair of ACEEU and the Triple E Awards, said “On behalf of ACEEU and the Triple E Awards team I would like to congratulate the University of Auckland for winning the Entrepreneurial University of the Year award. The University is a great example of how entrepreneurship can be at the heart of a higher education institution. With the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the University’s Unleash Space, the university hosts impressive support services that students, staff and the wider community access, and this ultimately fosters entrepreneurial activity and creates the societal impact that we like to see in Entrepreneurial Universities.” Read more

Multitudes – A digital tool to improve team culture and performance

SaaS company Multitudes is helping teams improve culture and performance by providing data-led insights on day to day team behaviours and easy-to-access coaching for managers to unlock more inclusive, higher-performing teams. Research shows that how teams work together – also known as “group norms” – is the #1 driver of team performance. However, norms are intangible and hard to see, and as more teams move to working online, managers have fewer cues for what’s happening.

The Multitudes platform is specifically designed to measure how people work together in the digital space. It integrates seamlessly with software that teams are already using to collaborate, such as GitHub and Slack, so it can collect data on actual behavioural patterns without disrupting people’s workflow. By looking at how people work together to get things done, Multitudes is able to generate insights about team performance, trust, growth opportunities, and support. Read more


Spark 64 – Helping organisations leverage AI in their operations

Spark 64, a venture founded by University of Auckland engineering alumni Daniel Xu and Ming Cheuk, helps organisations improve their processes and customer experience by taking advantage of innovative technologies like machine learning, computer vision, and conversational AI. The artificial intelligence (AI) agency is on a mission to help organisations leverage cutting edge applied AI in their operations. They empower businesses to unlock the power of AI to increase productivity, save costs, and create new competitive advantages.

They have worked with a number of high profile companies like The Warehouse Group, Southern Cross, Cove Insurance, and Edgewell Personal Care (who own brands like Schick and Banana Boat). They have also partnered with Google, IBM, Intercom and UneeQ Digital Humans to bring the latest technologies to their clients. Read more

A legacy of creating thriving entrepreneurs

The critical role alumni play in bolstering the New Zealand economy has been revealed in a survey of University of Auckland alumni, conducted by an independent research company. The survey reinforces the University’s vision to cement innovation and entrepreneurship as part of its DNA. Responses from more than 4,000 graduates dating back to 1940 have been extrapolated to show that 26% of alumni have founded an estimated 43,500 companies here and overseas and created approximately 383,000 jobs since the 1960s. One of the most striking statistics is the survival rate of businesses after five years – more than double the national average. (Alumni survey of graduates from 1948 to 2018) Read more

Entrepreneurs on campus

A survey of the University of Auckland’s students found that about 15% of them are currently planning a business, and a whopping 36% hope to have founded their own business within five years of graduating. Unexpectedly, the survey also found that 7% are already running a business while they are a student. A survey of alumni found a similar result: among those who had graduated since 2010, 10% are employed in a business they started before graduating. This means there may be about 3,300 businesses being run by current University of Auckland students. Read more


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