Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search


Massey Uni Startup Looks To Nurture 'Raw Ideas'

Massey Uni Startup Looks To Nurture 'Raw Ideas'

Massey University is about to launch the country's first university-linked campus-based pre-incubator think tank, but potential new business ideas are already flowing in well ahead of the official May-end opening.

The e-centre StartUp project will help nurture 'raw ideas' from university students, researchers and associated partners such as Tindall Foundation's '', putting them through an evaluation and assessment process designed to prepare them for entry into the Albany campus-based e-centre.

The initiative, designed to spin businesses out of university know-how, is a pilot scheme collaboration between the e-centre and the University's Colleges of Business and College of Science.

The University is sponsoring the pilot and grants from government business agencies will also provide funding.

Steve Corbett, e-centre Manager, says the knowledge base on Massey University's Albany campus has significant potential for creating new businesses in high value areas such as ICT, mechatronics, robotics, biotechnology and food technology.

"StartUp will capture and accelerate ideas into a business by simplifying the whole process of identifying and nurturing good ideas that have potential to turn into commercially viable businesses".

He says the unique factor is the involvement of the University's Institute of Technology and Engineering and Business College, which will carry out both technology and market assessments for ideas that have passed the initial commercialisation potential screening test.

Dr Chris Kirk, Director of Research and Innovation at Massey and e-Centre Board Director, says that the support of the Pro Vice-Chancellors of Science and Business was crucial to the initiative. He says, "Smart people and smart ideas - they are the raw ingredients of an enterprise economy. This pre-incubator will fast-track the best proposals into embryonic business ventures".

Mr Corbett says dedicated space has been put aside in the e-centre to provide a hothouse for the bright ideas that will form the basis of StartUp's think tank.

"Once they are given the green light, participants will work with business experts to build the commercial case with a view to moving on to the e-centre for business acceleration. Essentially, we are taking the whole process of identifying and nurturing talent into enterprise a step further, by taking one step backwards - where the good ideas often founder for lack of support."

The e-centre has added two new commercial directors to the board to assist in business acceleration; they are IRL's Nigel Kirkpatrick and Westpac's June McCabe.

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


NZ On Air TV Funding: More Comedy Comes Out Of The Shadows

Paranormal Event Response Unit is a series conceived by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi as a TV spin-off from their highly acclaimed feature film What We Do In The Shadows. More>>


Mars News: Winners Announced For The 2016 Apra Silver Scroll Awards

Wellington singer-songwriter and internationally acclaimed musician Thomas Oliver has won the 2016 APRA Silver Scroll Award with his captivating love song ‘If I Move To Mars’. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Salt River Songs by Sam Hunt

Colin Hogg, a longtime comrade of Sam, writes in his Introduction that, ‘There is a lot of death in this collection of new poems by my friend Sam Hunt. It’s easier to count the poems here that don’t deal with the great destroyer than it is to point to the ones that do.’ More>>

Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news