4.3 Recipients of business scholarships – Annual Report 2017

In 2017 for the first time we offered competitive MBA scholarships to our alumni, and awarded the following:

Nihan Aydemir, PhD 2016: Final course for Masters of Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship, University of Auckland

Nihan will use this scholarship for the completion of a Masters of Commercialization and Entrepreneurship. She hopes to take what she learns to the start-up, SpotCheck, which won the 1st place in the Velocity 100k Challange in 2016.

Brendan Darby, PhD 2016: Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration, Victoria University of Wellington

The MacDiarmid Institute business scholarship will allow Brendan to develop his career as an emerging commercial scientist by exposing him to cutting-edge business practices and fundamental corporate operations that will inevitably be asked of him in his future career as a founder of start-up MaramaLabs.

Manmeet Kaur, PhD 2016: Masters of Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship, University of Auckland

Manmeet will use the scholarship to develop the skill required to bridge academia and industry, to identify new investments and solutions, and make sense of the ever-present uncertainty associated with early stage ventures and start-ups.

Matthew Cowan, PhD 2012: Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration, College of Engineering, University of Canterbury

Matt plans to use the scholarship to boost him towards his goal of introducing innovative technologies to transform the petrochemicals industry. He’s passionate about making a positive impact on the environment and society by adding to New Zealand’s high- tech manufacturing ecosystem.