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Kathmandu NZ Student Social Enterprise Challenge

On Thursday the 10th August we launched the Kathmandu NZ Student Social Enterprise Challenge brought to you by entré. The students were given the topic of "Wellbeing" at 12pm and had to 5pm the following day to create a social enterprise around the topic. The students listened to Emily Arps from All Right? and Rachel Montejo from Akina. Both speakers were very interesting and helped the students a lot to get an understanding of what a social enterprise is and learnt about the "Five Ways of Wellbeing". 

On Friday the 11th August the students had the opportunity to get advice from mentors in a speed mentoring round. It was great to see mentors from a range of experience levels and industries give the students different opinions. The students then had a pitch practice to members of the executive before presenting their ideas to the judges that evening.  It was great to have Emily Arps, Benjamin Atkinson, Sean Barnes and Ann Brown on the judging panel. The students had 3 minutes to present their social enterprise and then 3 minutes for Q&A. All the students worked very hard and learnt a lot in the short amount of time. While the judges decided on a winner, we had Age Palmer and Jared Gardiner from Common Good talk to everyone about what they were all about. 

Thank you to all students who participated in the competition. Thank you also to our mentors, judges, entré executive, UCE, Akina and sponsors for making this awesome challenge happen!

Our Winners

youthbooster fiddycent

Overall Winners:
Youth Booster - Tim Mills, James Kay and Brittany Stewart

Most Potential (sponsored by Mallu):
Fiddy Cent - Keegan Phipps, Tim Marshall, Dom Bain and Amy Inwood

About the Challenge

The Kathmandu NZ Student Social Enterprise Challenge is an opportunity for students to get hands-on, practical experience with social enterprise. It is an opportunity for students to realise the impact social enterprises can have, and solve real problems with that mind. Student teams will have 48 hours to develop a social enterprise solution to a given problem. This competition is run through teams of 4, but if you don’t have a team, still enter and we can find you one! 

Social Enterprise is an ever growing topic for entrepreneurs and entré is supplying an opportunity to engage with and learn from Social Enterprises in Christchurch! Supported by Akina and the UC Centre of Entrepreneurship, this will be an opportunity not to be missed! 

Key Dates & Venue Information

Introduction Day 10th August 12-2pm at the Undercroft 101
Mentoring Day 11th August 11-1pm at the UCE Presentation Room
Presentation Day 11th August 5pm onwards at the F1 room in the Forestry Building

Rules and Key Information

Open to Undergraduate or Postgraduate students currently enrolled students at Ara, Canterbury or Lincoln
Must enter in a team of 4 people or individually (then we will put you in a team)
There will be a problem statement provided on the Introduction Day
The groups must work on the problem statement to create a social enterprise that may help solve the problem
Will have 5 minutes presentation and 5 minute Q&A


First Prize Includes: 
Free ticket for each team member to Social Enterprise World Forum 
Free ticket for each team member to Pitch Olympics 
Free breakfast for each team member with Pitch Olympians 
Goes onto the National Challenege in Christchurch

Any More Questions?

Get in touch with our Competitions Manager
Laura Waller


  • Entré Ltd
    Centre for Entrepreneurship
    University of Canterbury
    Private Bag 4800, Christchurch
    New Zealand
  • Clubs Administrator for Entré
    Mary Cunningham
    Ph: 03 369 3381
    Centre for Entrepreneurship, Ground Floor, Forestry Building