Tech Jumpstart Competition - Research & Innovation - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Tech Jumpstart Competition

Tech Jumpstart logo

Research & Innovation (R&I) is once again running a Tech Jumpstart competition with support from KiwiNet.

Tech Jumpstart gives University of Canterbury staff a chance to transform their innovative ideas into reality. Up to three projects will receive $20,000 funding to help with technology development, as well as commercialisation support from R&I and possible access to additional funding sources for continued development.

New for 2016!

WNT Ventures are offering a special prize alongside the three main prizes. More info here.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Any University of Canterbury staff member can apply with their idea or invention.
  • Ideas can be from any University research area.
  • Ideas must have potential market applications.
  • The funds are for experimentation, proof-of concept or technology development projects.

Winners should be ready to begin projects upon funding allocation, and be keen to pursue commercial outcomes for their idea. Entries will be judged by a panel of local entrepreneurs and UC staff with a track record of innovation.

Benefits of Tech Jumpstart for Staff

  • Adrian Clark
    Dr Adrian Clark, Tech Jumpstart 2012 Winner
    Progression of research: Develop your idea by employing student researchers or other expertise and/or purchasing the necessary consumables.
  • Opportunity for further funding: If your project is successful Research & Innovation will look to source additional funding for continued development and commercialisation.
  • Opportunity to explore entrepreneurship: Winning Tech Jumpstart offers an opportunity to become involved in taking the idea to market.

Key dates

  • Applications close 15 July
  • Judging will take place over the following four weeks – shortlisted entrants may be asked to make a short presentation to the judging panel
  • Winners announced at a celebration event on 24 August

Apply Now - Applications Close 15 July

Sandeep George of R&I's Commercialisation Team is happy to assist you with your application. He's happy to help with the market, competition, value proposition and intellectual property aspects of your application. Once you’re ready, you can:

  1. Complete the application form (Word, 51KB)
  2. Email your application to
Tech Jumpstart event
Peter Townsend, CEO of the Canterbury
Employers Chamber of Commerce, presenting
the 2012 Tech Jumpstart awards

Tech Jumpstart Awards

R&I will host a celebration event to announce the winning projects on at an awards ceremony on the 24th of August.

Applicants and others interested are invited to attend. RSVP information will be provided closer to the time.

Previous Competitions

Tech Jumpstart competition was previously held in 2010, 2012 and 2014. See how some of the projects entered in these competitions have progressed.

See Tech Jumpstart - Past Competitions (staff only) for details.

Kiwinet LogoMajor sponsor of Tech Jumpstart

Tech Jumpstart is sponsored by KiwiNet, the Kiwi Innovation Network, a consortium of Universities and Crown Research Institutes who are dedicated to taking a collaborative approach to research commercialisation. For more information see the KiwiNet website.

Special Prize SponsorWNT Ventures logo

Tauranga-based Technology Incubator WNT Ventures will offer a special prize for this year's Tech Jumpstart competition, for the project that shows the most commercial promise. More info here.