ThincLab at the University of Canterbury Business School is a founder-led incubator that supports ambitious founders to validate, build and scale business ideas and to commercialise new knowledge and create extraordinary economic value for our region. With company formations currently at record levels and our academic and research institutions bursting with ideas, we’ve seen unprecedented growth in demand for entrepreneur support. Now there is a new programme called Pace, that builds a bridge between idea stage and growth.
The new ThincLab Pace programme is modular and cohort based and comprises a weekly two hour session commencing in May. There will be month-long modules focusing on investment readiness, strategy and sales, with participants electing to choose all or some of the modules, depending on need. As with all of the teaching material at ThincLab, the programme is facilitated by presenters who have all been in the trenches themselves founding, building and exiting companies in the past. There will also be guest speakers such as other local entrepreneurs, investors and subject matter experts.
Pace lead presenter Neil Hamilton says that new programme is ideally suited towards companies that are beyond “idea stage” and which could benefit from a more structured approach to developing strategy and building sales. Pace also allows for sharing of ideas and resources in a collegial setting, he said. The programme would be of particular benefit where founders are considering taking investment, but who require guidance around how to approach investors. Pace is open to any company across the Canterbury region and is fully funded through the support of ChristchurchNZ and Callaghan Innovation.
To submit an application or receive a Pace programme prospectus, contact firstname.lastname@example.org