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Pitch Perfect

October is Innovation Month at University of Canterbury Centre for Entrepreneurship. As part of the fun, we are holding an informal Pitch Tank session on Thursday 28th October inviting staff and student entrepreneurs to step up and practice pitching their big idea to a panel of our ThincLab Canterbury advisors. So now is the perfect […]

Climate Tech A Hot Topic

A recent report commissioned by Callaghan Innovation sheds light on the opportunities to lead in the commercialisation of technologies that mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and it delves deeply into how New Zealand “climate tech” businesses can succeed on the global stage. New Zealand Climate Tech For The World articulates the global context and invites the […]

AUKWard – Why It’s Time For Business To Revisit Europe

Asia-Pacific has been the focus of New Zealand’s trade and investment strategy for the past 25 years. But rapidly shifting geopolitical poles may reignite interest in doing business with Europe, a market of around 450 million that is culturally aligned with New Zealand. Building on our regional relationship with France may be one avenue to […]

ThincLab: A University Based Incubator Creating Unique Value

ThincLab is Canterbury’s dedicated Founder Incubator supporting growth stage businesses with global ambitions. ThincLab sits alongside the University of Canterbury Centre for Entrepreneurship (UCE) within the UC Business School. Located on Level 6 of the wonderful Rehua Building on the UC campus, ThincLab is the only Founder Incubator located within a New Zealand university setting. […]

Meet The Mentors: Jordana Clarke

Next in a series of fireside chats with our ThincLab Canterbury advisor team. Wintry hikes with her father and siblings along the icy trails of Banks Peninsula and the Southern Alps as a child taught Jordana Clarke that solid leadership and sure-footed determination were highly valuable attributes in life. These seem to be admirable qualities […]

The Next Evolution of the Digital Economy

The next technological revolution could take our economy to new heights. With governments seriously contemplating their own sovereign digital currencies and blockchain related fintech now finding uses beyond pure crypto-currency applications, the evolution of digital finance markets has begun. Digital financial services that offer traceability, security and lowered transactions costs open up a vast array […]

Building Your Dream Team

Part 1 of a 2 part series looking at how to build a high performing startup team by ThincLab advisor Eduard Liebenberger. Entrepreneurs are some of the most driven people on the planet, but they all started from the same point: with a passion for their product and not knowing if their big idea would […]

Cultivating Environmental Entrepreneurs

The pandemic induced global economic speed wobble of 2020 raised awareness that economies remain fragile since the global financial crisis. Furthermore it becomes increasingly more apparent by the day that we must urgently shift to more sustainable and environmentally sound forms of economic development if we are to survive as a species. As a nation […]

Virgin Galactic Success Inspires

Sir Richard Branson. Astronaut. The words of former International Space Station commander Chris Hadfield, as he pinned astronaut wings on the eccentric billionaire’s lapel today. Branson, ever the showman, was reveling with the crew of SpaceShipTwo, having returned safely to Earth after a brief sub-orbital journey to the edge of space. The occasion represented the […]

Start Me Up Business Toolbox

Paul Spence is a business advisor and programme presenter with ThincLab at the University of Canterbury Business School. What do an image stylist and a home handyman have in common? The answer is that they were both among a group of diverse and highly motivated Work and Income clients looking to improve their situation by […]