The Victoria Entrepreneur Bootcamp is an opportunity for students at Victoria University of Wellington to take their ideas and test them to see if they are viable as businesses.


    The purpose of the Bootcamp is not just to grow businesses, but to grow entrepreneurs who learn essential skills while working on their own startups.


    This summer's Bootcamp has just finished, and the next one will begin in November 2020.


    We are unsure whether we will be running a Bootcamp next summer - but if we do you will be the first to know! Keep up to date on our Facebook page!


    Are you keen to become an entrepreneur? Do you like solving problems and working in a team? Perhaps you are looking for people with the right skills to make your idea a reality? Or are you the one with the technical skills or business know how, and just need the right idea to work on?

    Have you and your team been working on your business whilst studying?


    The Victoria Entrepreneur Bootcamp will help you to build your business, using skills and networks available within the university, and tapping into the wider business scene in Wellington. As you build your business, you will develop a solid grounding in concepts key to business decisions and success.


    We expect that you will commit 20 hours per week to building your business over the summer, and offer a $3k stipend to Victoria University students to help pay the rent.

    Build your networks

    Through Bootcamp you'll meet awesome people from across Wellington. Be inspired and connect with others who have turned their ideas into businesses.

    Located at the The Atom, you will connect with other entrepreneurs, and engage with the startup community through networking events.

    Learn by doing!

    Bootcamp gives you the chance to build your business, everyday, learning all the skills you need as you go. There are no exams or assignments, you learn by doing!

    You will gain experience in lean startup and become very familiar with your business model canvas, testing your assumptions as you go.

    With the help of our partners, you will develop skills in running businesses, including financials, legal considerations, operations, sales, business planning and pitching.

    Connect with other co-founders and build a team

    Bootcamp will bring together the best and brightest minds from Victoria University - its the perfect place to find your co-founders, develop your team and build your business!

    Once you have your team, we help you understand how to work together effectively and run projects. You will also be supported to form and run an advisory board that could last beyond Bootcamp.

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    Logan Elliott - Highly Flammable

    Workshop delivery and startup coach​

    Logan is the founder of four startps: a tech company, a festival, entertainment company Highly Flammable and a coaching company, and is experienced in teaching entrepreneurship academically as well.

    He can help you with a wide variety of business challenges but being able to breath fire (literally) on your competitors is probably the most useful skill he teaches.

    Jacinta Gulasekharam - Dignity

    Workshop delivery and startup coach​

    During the 2016/2017 Bootcamp Jacinta co-founded Dignity, a women's well-being initiative for sanitary items in the workplace. with a buy one give one model supporting over 95 schools and youth organisations that provide product to those in need.

    She is a high energy business and people enthusiast, and has key skills in marketing and operations.

    Justin Douché - Zero Point Ventures

    Workshop delivery and startup coach​

    Justin is a business consultant and coach with experience in international corporates and SMEs in NZ and abroad.

    He regularly mentors founders and startups to help grow NZ's future business leaders, focusing on personal growth, learning and collaboration, rather than just the tech or just the process. Justin is an ideal person to support your team through all the people challenges.

    Sam Jones - Little Yellow Bird

    Workshop delivery and startup coach​

    Samantha is the Founder and CEO of ethical clothing company Little Yellow Bird, and blockchain traceability company Origins. Samantha has a Masters in International Security, is an Edmund Hillary Fellow and was recognised as New Zealand's Young Innovator of the year in 2017. Tapping into her extensive startup experience will take your startup to the next level.


    In addition to our awesome delivery team, we have dedicated coaches that bring specific skills

    Bart De Vries


    Climathon startup coach​

    Bart is the Founder of Limber, New Zealand's very own desk company that maximises movement, space and performance at work. Bart has a passion for ethical businesses growth strategy, investment and design. He has a personal interest in businesses that improve peoples health and wellbeing through the products, services and work culture they provide.

    He has been involved in delivering the NZ Climathon since it was introduced by Climate-KIC in 2015, supports WCC's Zero Carbon Challenge and sits on a number of business board of directors and advisory boards.


    Specialists in getting physical products to market, this team has a wealth of knowledge to share

    Tim Brox

    Product Development Manager

    As the Manager of Wellington UniVentures Product Development team, Tim is responsible for creating product prototypes which can be used to demonstrate the potential of an idea to possible partners, investors and licensees—or be taken to market as a beta product for early end-user feedback.

    He can support you to develop a problem-solving mindset, which you can apply to the challenge of finding workable technical solutions for your products.

  • Programme Manager

    Camp Mum, Agony Aunt, Bad Cop, and Problem Solver

    Emily is the Entrepreneurship Manager at Wellington UniVentures and is responsible for developing, coordinating and delivering a range of programmes and initiatives (including the Victoria Entrepreneur Bootcamp and the Momentum Investment Committee) that will help to foster an innovative, entrepreneurial culture across every faculty at Victoria.

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    Victoria University of Wellington

    Victoria University has a tradition of fostering strong global links in teaching and research and programmes of national significance and international quality.

    Leadership, creativity and entrepreneurship, whether social, cultural or commercial, are at the heart of its capacity to imagine, to express new possibilities, to find new solutions to complex issues.

    Wellington UniVentures

    Wellington UniVentures is the commercialisation arm of Victoria University of Wellington, partnering with academics to transform their discoveries into real benefit to society.

    It actively encourages and support Victoria's students to be innovative; after all, today's students are tomorrow's entrepreneurs.




    Deloitte Private

    Delivery Partner - Accounting

    The team at Deloitte Private has been adding value to businesses in the startup space for many years and it's an area they thrive on!

    Hanging out with early stage, ambitious people and companies, helping make the right decisions to support growth and accelerate ideas is something they are pretty passionate about.

    The Deloitte Private Partners will help facilitate Bootcamp and provide the necessary financial guidance to teams along the journey and they will still be there to support once the business has commercialised.

    Chapman Tripp

    Chapman Tripp

    Delivery Partner - Legal

    The Chapman Tripp team has been with Bootcamp from the start, and is committed to helping smart NZ businesses grow and flourish. They are experts at providing the right legal solutions across the full range - from business structuring to IP protection to capital-raising and beyond.


    The team at Chapman Tripp will help deliver Bootcamp, ensuring teams know the key legal issues they will encounter and how to address them.



    Delivery Partner - Technology and Innovation

    At Accenture, our teams love to come together to innovate, to take a different view, find surprising new ways to solve familiar problems and help improve the way New Zealand lives, works, plays and grows.


    The Accenture Team are providing workshops and mentoring to challenge the thinking of the young entrepreneurs at Bootcamp, keeping them up to date with the latest innovative thinking and technology trends.


    Delivery Partner - Human Resources

    Humankind works with businesses of all shapes and sizes to help build amazing employee experiences. They create tailor-made solutions for organisations and - more importantly – the people who bring them to life. HR with a personal touch.

    The Humankind team will help facilitate workshops and be there to support the teams with the people side of their journey to help create the right foundations for future employers.


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