Giving students the entrepreneurship edge

01 December 2017
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The World Economic Forum predicts that 65% of the jobs Generation Z (aged 5 - 19) will do haven’t been invented yet. So how do we ready students for a fast changing, uncertain future?

At the University of Auckland’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, we build entrepreneurial capability. Dealing with ambiguity, working in teams, creative problem-solving, global views and courage are the foundation of an entrepreneurial mindset – and what’s needed to thrive in this new world of work, whether in a large corporate or an emerging start-up.

We teach cutting-edge frameworks and encourage a mind-set shift through learning by doing, partnering with businesses so students can solve real-world problems. Crucially, we also help students build connections within the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

An iconic home for all this is the University’s new innovation hub, the Unleash Space, which includes a state-of-the-art makerspace kitted out with everything from 3D printers to sewing machines, and spaces for networking and brainstorming. In its first two months it attracted 550-plus members.

We’ve seen many successful start-ups birthed through our programmes – among them PowerbyProxi, Stretch Sense, Kami, and Parrot Analytics – proof that we can teach our students to be successful entrepreneurs and to leverage their university career.



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Wendy Kerr
Director, Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Reproduced with permission from the National Business Review (NBR), Giving students the entrepreneurship edge from NBR Radar, published Friday 1 December 2017.