CH alumni have again demonstrated their inventiveness, commitment and ability to think outside the square by winning all but two of the prizes at UC's Entré business competition.The prize winners were announced in late September.

Entré is a student-founded ideas competition that sees young hopefuls put their business ideas to the test with the help of mentors and business connections.

Engineering students Kaye McKee and Daniel Risi won prizes valued at $75,000 for their proposal to reduce farm power costs by charging a fixed rate for solar electricity which is cheaper than the retail price.

Bjorn Arndt and George Smith won two awards – the PwC Most Market Ready Venture and the Best Pitch Award – for their Glass Jar proposal that allows people living together to create a web-based profile of their flat that can be accessed by an app.

Fifth year commerce and honours law student Kate Austin won the Best Business Plan prize for her Hunters and Gatherers scheme which is a grocery shopping outlet that allows Canterbury farmers and growers to sell their goods direct to their customers.

Hugh Devereux-Mack and Dylan Avery won the UC Innovators Award, for their Himalayan Tahr Development.

The apps challenge section was won by fourth year accounting and second year law student Hannah Duder for her Suggestion Box app. Suggestion Box provides a place for any member of the public to make suggestions to businesses. Other users can agree or disagree with the suggestions that provide valuable feedback for that business.

Third in the apps section was Daniel Smith with his vacant computer locator app which provides UC students with dynamic feedback on how many computers are vacant in each of the university's IT workrooms and libraries across campus.

BM says, "This is a fantastic result for our very talented alumni. Well done Kaye, Daniel, Bjorn, George, Kate, Hugh, Hannah and Daniel. We're looking forward to seeing how these winning proposals develop into real time products."

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