University of Auckland Business School’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Darsel Keane – Director of the University of Auckland Business School’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Who we are
The Business School’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) is dedicated to helping the University of Auckland to develop savvy, entrepreneurial graduates to ensure New Zealand’s longer-term economic, social and environmental prosperity.
Not everyone will be an entrepreneur, but everyone should think like one. This has been the ethos behind CIE. Our programmes, events, workshops and the facilities on offer through our innovation hub and maker space are freely available to all 42,000 students plus staff of the University of Auckland, no matter what they are studying or what their goals are. An entrepreneurial mindset and innovative capability are essential both to thrive in this new world of work, and to build the future that we want to live in.
The University of Auckland Business School’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) offers extra-curricular programmes, events, workshops and the facilities at our innovation hub and maker space, Unleash Space.
CIE’s programmatic offerings include educational seminars, mentorship, start-up internships, co-curricular recognition awards, curricular programming in a variety of disciplines, technology workshops and equipment training, networking opportunities, intensive entrepreneurship bootcamps, an incubator – and CIE’s flagship entrepreneurship development programme Velocity, which incorporates many aspects to entrepreneurship including an ideation competition and a robust business planning competition. CIE’s offerings have been carefully designed to provide a range of opportunities to support students at whatever stage of the entrepreneurial journey they may be at, from no idea through to exit.
Since the inception of our first entrepreneurship programme in 2003, CIE has helped support over 20,000 students to unleash their potential. Our entrepreneurs have started more than 150 ventures, raised nearly $300 million in investment and created over 850 jobs. Our innovators have become industry leaders and change-makers. And the world is a better place for all of them.