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A new course and qualification around the turning of an idea into income is available in the Mainland (sticK show’s a place of birth bias!).

It is another small but significant move to upskill ourselves in turning gold in much more gold.

The University of Canterbury and Lincoln University are combining forces to offer a new qualification to help New Zealand’s commercialisation of science and technology.

The Graduate Certificate in Science Innovation and Entrepreneurship starts this year, and candidates will complete courses at both universities.

Academic co-ordinator Dr Rachel Wright says the certificate will appeal to those working in commercialisation.
“They are the sort of people who want to plan, create and grow successful ventures, projects and organisations,” she says.

“They will be interested in bringing new science and technology to the market speedily, efficiently and competitively, either for commercial profit or public good.”

The programme can be completed over a year, and complements science, humanities and commerce undergraduate programmes as well as other paths such as PhD and masterate.

It combines compulsory and elective courses, whose topics include:

• What is innovation?
• Intellectual property
• Evaluating a business opportunity
• Management and governance
• How to write a business plan

“Students will learn about the processes of market-led development which ‘de-risk’ technology development projects,” says Dr Garth Carnaby, Lincoln’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence. “They will be introduced to the expertise of the Lincoln based technology and business incubation activities of Powerhouse Ventures Ltd and gain exposure to the wider networks of the Canterbury Regional Innovation System.”