Start-up Waikato Scholarship Programme


Value: $5,000

Study Level: All

Subject Area: Any

Closing Date: 28 Sep 2017


Do you have an idea for a business or project you want to get off the ground? Make it happen with the University of Waikato Start-Up Scholarship.

The programme runs on the Hamilton campus from November to February - with a two week break over Christmas. This gives you 10 weeks to develop your project or idea with the help of professional mentoring, workshops and full-access to a shared working space.

If you’re interested in doing the programme in Tauranga, visit the Project Ignite scholarship page.

Check out one of the past recipients....

Nikki Kennedy used her Start Up Waikato Scholarship to unite her two areas of study: te reo Māori and design. In 2016 she launched her online business creating and selling te reo Māori homewares, and at the rate her business is going, it won't be long before she achieves her dream of running it full time.

Nikki's dream is to see te reo Māori normalised and used in homes and businesses across Aotearoa New Zealand - what's yours? Apply for a Start Up Waikato Scholarship and turn your vision into a reality!


For students who are enrolled at the University of Waikato at the time of application or have recently graduated from the University of Waikato. The programme provides a unique, hands-on experience for the participants tailored to progress their ideas through to start-up ventures under the guidance of an expert start-up coach.


Te Mata Kairangi School of Graduate Research
The University of Waikato
Private Bag 3105, Hamilton 3240
New Zealand

Phone +64 7 858 5096

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