Whether you’re a researcher looking for inspiration on how to take your project to investment, an engineer or designer looking for funding, or an entrepreneur looking for a team to turn your idea into reality, GetFUNDED is a fantastic way to test your own abilities and meet great people along the way.
Over two days experience mentorship, comradeship, market validation, lean canvasing, customer discovery, pitching, and opportunity assessment tools that allow for deeper insights when marshalling an idea into shape or taking your project to the next level. Come away better prepared to communicate the impact of your science ideas for investment from industry or MBIE. Work with the very best mentors who are ready to help you get the most from your great ideas. Bring a science idea, and watch it soar!
Key learnings include:
GetFUNDED puts attendees in an environment to run faster, think harder, apply rigour, and bake more into their ideas with the support of experienced mentors, coupled with a tried and true format, built to create results. Short talk, more action. Expert pitching support is provided by Daniel Batten and progress marshalling by professional mentors and CreativeHQ.
Registration fee $500 +GST
3rd & 4th November 2020
Centre for Entrepreneurship, Rehua Building, Level 6, University of Canterbury
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Starting bright and early we kick things off with an icebreaker exercise, and then people pitch their research concepts to attendees. 5-10 concepts attract viable teams around them.
During the first evening, you sketch out your concept in some detail and everyone is assigned roles and has an inkling of how they're going to achieve their goals over the next 24 hours.
On the second morning, you start preparing your final 5-minute presentation, which your team pitches at the end of the day.
After that, prizes are awarded to the best teams. Where you go from there is up to you. The real value is in the skills, new friends, and access to resources you require.
Participants arrive – coffee, mingle, settle
What's different about GetFUNDED?
This event is focused on improving the fundable proposition behind your research-based ideas. Like a Start-up weekend, this event also offers a fast-paced, awesome and intense experience had by hundreds of motivated researchers, designers and engineers.
What is a research-based idea?
It is based on a defined body of research that you aim to be funded through an investor, industry or funding body like Callaghan Innovation, KiwiNet or MBIE.
Do I have to have an idea to pitch to join GetFUNDED?
No, you don't. You can come along and just join a team. Please do!
What about intellectual property - how is this protected?
You are given specific instructions on handling intellectual property early on the first morning of the event. Mentors are also on hand to discuss IP considerations. Note though, this is an open team environment, with attendees from multiple organisations. If you have any concerns, please speak to your organisation’s commercialisation managers prior to attending.
What happens after GetFUNDED?
There are so many possibilities! Firstly, you should memorise the names of your new best friends, and appreciate what you have created. Most of all you'll feel richer and smarter for the experience.