Entré Alumni Stories
Over the years, wee have enjoyed a diverse range of successful entrepreneurs as members, part of the executive team or our sponsors. We have shared a selection of their stories below.
Brianne West, Ethique
In my eyes the value of studying at a University is in the experiences you have and the memories you make. Reflecting on my memories of UC, entré comes up in many of them (among a haze of less productive memories). My beginnings with entré consisted of stamping napkins and dressing up as a burger… Later this progressed to presenting sponsorship proposals and supporting numerous start-up enterprises which continue to thrive far beyond my tenure as an exec member.
Call it a club, call it a business, call it whatever you like.. Entré is a vessel which synergizes the student body and industry experts, allowing both to learn from one-another’s creativity and knowledge. The results which speak for entré’s success is not the number of start-ups that launch from its competitions, but instead is in the knowledge that participants and exec members glean from organising and participating in the events that entré facilitates.
A key lesson that I learnt from my experience, and from those around me – just show up.
2019 co-winners of grand prize
Vxt was a part of the 2019 $85K Startup Challenge. Participating in the programme was a great experience for our team. We received fantastic support and advice from the Entre team, as well as the mentors, sponsors, and everyone else involved. We launched the first version of the Vxt mobile app during the challenge which was a great learning experience for us. We were lucky to be awarded Best Pitch & Grand Winners of the competition. Today we have thousands of users in Australia & New Zealand and are continuing to grow our business in NZ and around the world. Entre has played a big part in our success so far.
Our key takeaway from the 2018 Entré $85k Challenge was the mentorship Entré provided us with. With our startup at such an early stage, and being very young entrepreneurs ourselves, we often lacked structure and overlooked the basic fundamentals. Entré were able to connect us with Andrew Lamb, who turned out to be more instrumental to our startup journey than we could have imagined at the time.