The Velocity Programme
Million in Capital Raised
From the Newsroom
The Velocity Innovation Challenge winners were revealed at a prize giving event, with each receiving part of a $20,000 prize pool. Though the ideas entered varied wildly, ranging from brain surgery innovations to vegan manuka honey, to how parents can gamify toothbrushing, all showcased a University of Auckland community striving to somehow make the world a better place and the diversity of entrepreneurial thinking occurring in all parts of the University.
Velocity is the University of Auckland’s flagship student-led entrepreneurial development programme delivered through the Business School’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Leading Velocity this year as CEO is Nandini Singh, a third-year Bachelor of Commerce student majoring in Finance and Economics. Nandini is in her second year of Velocity having previously held the role of Events Co-lead.
Wayve are an autonomous mobility start-up who have pioneered a new machine learning approach to AV. Their innovative approach has won the confidence of investors such as Microsoft and Virgin, with their latest Series B round generating over $200 million in investment.
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We believe today’s students have the passion and urgency to innovate in ways that will positively impact on their own and future generations.
Established in 2002 by the New Zealand Government, New Zealand Growth Capital Partners (NZGCP) invests in early stage Kiwi companies with high-growth potential. They aim to develop and foster a vibrant and self-sustaining New Zealand early-stage ecosystem, primarily through their investment vehicles, the Aspire Fund and Elevate Fund. A number of past Velocity participants and ventures have gone on to be supported by NZGCP.
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