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Secondary students business project support - Waikato University


Hamilton and Tauranga students become start-up experts

University of Waikato and Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic students can become entrepreneurs this summer. Start-Up Waikato (formerly Summer Start-Up Scholarship Programme) and Project Ignite will run in Hamilton and Tauranga respectively to help students get their business or project ideas off the ground. The programmes run for 10 weeks from November to February. Students receive a $5000 scholarship, mentoring from a professional start-up coach and access to a shared working space. Students from last year’s programme managed to start their own businesses as a result. Nikki Kennedy started a designer homewares company to help revitalise the Māori language and Mitchell McNae started a retail business which supplied frozen lemon wedges to local bottle stores. Applications for the 2016/17 summer programmes close October 7. Visit waikato.ac.nz/go/start-up and waikato.ac.nz/go/project-ignite for more information.

ContactMegan Burton-Brown, 07 838 4419, or meganb@waikato.ac.nz