Summer Sprint Programme @Ara

Ara Institute of Canterbury and Ministry of Awesome are looking for New Zealand’s next startup star.

The Summer Sprint is an awesome opportunity to kickstart your idea and turn it into a viable business.

What is the Ara Summer Sprint?

The Summer sprint week is an intensive programme for student entrepreneurs and startup teams from Ara Institute of Canterbury. The programme will help students in discovering a pathway which will lead their ideas to successful startups.

In this hands-on interactive business support programme student entrepreneurs will be surrounded by the best and brightest minds from the business world and the innovation ecosystem in Christchurch.

Selected teams will :

  1. Get trained by industry experts on essential business skills
  2. Receive focused mentoring from some successful entrepreneurs
  3. Gain visibility across the city and beyond
  4. Get opportunities to connect industry and city leaders and investors

When and Where?

The programme runs from Monday, 11 Feb - Friday, 15 Feb.  Hours for the programme are 9AM - 530PM.  The programme will run from KBlock on the Ara Christchurch Campus.

In this programme you will:  

1.  Discover your market

Participants will learn how to identify the market need, quantify it and discover potential customer groups.

2.  Develop the value proposition

Once an opportunity has been identified participants will learn how to develop a product or service which offers a strong value proposition to the customers. Through the training sessions and mentoring participants will learn how to test and optimise your value proposition.

3.  Ensure sustainability

The programme will give participants the opportunity to get expert guidance around building a robust and sustainable business model for their enterprise. They will develop pricing structure, revenue and

4.  Build pathways to market

Participants will get the opportunity to get focused support while working towards discovering their routes to market and developing a marketing strategy.

5.  Develop your venture’s storytelling and pitch

Learn how to communicate about your venture to stakeholders, investors, employees, and even your personal network.

Deadlines and Dates 

Applications open:  13 Nov 2018 

Applications close:  7 Jan 2019

Shortlist:  9 Jan 2019

 Selection Interview:  16 Jan 2019

 Summer Sprint kickoff:  11Feb 2019

 The Final Pitch - 15 Feb 2019



Can Ara alumnis apply ?

No, only enrolled students at the Ara Institute of Canterbury can apply.

Can I apply alone ?

Students can apply individually or in teams but most successful startups have great teams behind them.

Should I pay to be part of the programme ?

No, the Summer Sprint is a fully funded programme run for Ara students.  

Can I apply if I haven’t build a business plan ?

Yes, we are looking for innovative ideas and students with capability to execute them. You will received training and mentoring to build robust business model for your idea.

Do I need to be a tech entrepreneur to apply?

We encourage application from all sectors; from hoverboards to vegan superfood bars, if your idea is innovative put in your application.

Can I work during the programme ?

Sprint is a full time (9am-530pm) week-long programme and students are expected to be working on developing their ideas all day and very likely into the night.

Can I apply as a team?

You can apply individually or as a team.  


How to apply


Applications for the Summer Sprint @Ara open on 13 Nov 2018.  We will shortlist on Wednesday, 9 of Jan and interview immediately after.  The programme takes place from Monday, 11 Feb - Friday, 15 Feb 2019.

If you are interested in taking part in the Summer Sprint Programme @Ara, fill out your details below and we will email you the application form.  The deadline for applications is 31 Dec 2018.  Feel free to contact us with any questions on