Entries by CDC

The Project: Digital Disruption Event

Think about the way you live now. How you connect with friends, how you get news and entertainment, how you manage your money, play, work, and relax. Everyone participates in the digital world one way or another. The opportunities offered by a digitally facilitated future are endless. But how are those opportunities going to be […]

Canterbury’s thriving business mentoring programme

A diverse group of 12 industry high-fliers and sector experts gathered recently at Canterbury Development Corporation to be welcomed as accredited members of Business Mentors New Zealand. Canterbury has one of the strongest networks of business mentors in New Zealand, with a pool of over 300 business mentors. Jill Taiaroa, who runs the business mentoring […]

Start-up business ‘boot camp’ coming to Christchurch

Canterbury Development Corporation (CDC) has secured funding from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) for a business start-up accelerator programme in Christchurch. The Lightning Lab will give entrepreneurs the opportunity to attend an intense business ‘boot camp’, where business mentors will help them develop their digital business idea so it is ready to […]

Residents asked for feedback on how they use technology

Media Release 1 April 2014 Residents asked for feedback on how they use technology Councils and economic development agencies from across Canterbury are working together to better understand how people in our region use technology – particularly the internet – to benefit their businesses, communities and lives. This project – made up of a region-wide […]

Our “rock star” economy comes with risks – CDC Chief Executive

Canterbury’s strong economy has been labelled a “rock star” but Canterbury Development Corporation (CDC) Chief Executive Tom Hooper has warned that rock stars are incredibly flawed individuals. Recent statistics show that Canterbury was the fastest-growing economy in the year to March 2013. Growth is four times faster than Wellington, almost double that of Auckland and […]

Christchurch companies finalists in 20th NZ Hi-Tech Awards

Canterbury Development Corporation (CDC) congratulates the Christchurch companies that have been named as finalists for the NZ Hi-Tech Awards. Announced in late March, local finalists include Smudge; RedSeed ; Intranel; Clever Medkits; Delta Strike; and Modlar. The Hi-Tech Awards, now in their 20th year, recognise the achievers of the NZ Hi-Tech industry across 12 categories […]

Getting innovations to market: War stories from the front line

A number of recent workshops and seminars have focused on the challenges facing scientists and engineers in moving their research from the lab to the market. War stories from the front line will provide a different perspective, with presenters being people who have overcome the challenges and are in the process of building or have […]

Christchurch company Intranel scoops awards

Intranel Ltd, a software and digital hardware innovation consultancy based in Christchurch, is going from strength to strength. This week the company received an award from Deloitte after being ranked 28th in the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 Asia Pacific 2013 index of the region’s fastest-growing technology businesses. Intranel was also number one fastest-growing technology business […]

Innovation Workshop Targeting Business Growth

BNZ and James & Wells join forces to accelerate innovation Christchurch hosts ‘Innovation Time’, a free innovation workshop targeting business growth. The workshop from 9am will focus on providing businesses with the right tools to profit from their innovation, as well as an opportunity to network with like-minded innovators. Date: Thursday 3 April 2014 Venue: […]

Startup Weekend

14 – 16 MARCH Christchurch Startup Weekend 5:00 PM, Friday, 14 March – 8:00PM, Sunday, 16 March EPIC If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

Canterbury forging trade links with China

26 February 2014 – The Press Growing a strong trade partnership with China is essential for Christchurch to develop a thriving post-rebuild economy, representatives at a Canton Trade Fair meeting in Christchurch said yesterday. Canterbury Development Corporation (CDC) chief executive Tom Hooper spoke on the city’s economic prospects post-quake, to delegates from the Chinese Foreign […]

Christchurch Mayor emphasises Canterbury’s economic strength to potential investors

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel has encouraged potential investors wanting to invest in New Zealand to see Christchurch in the context of the whole region, where the Canterbury economy has remained very strong. The Mayor made her remarks during a panel discussion at a forum organised by the New Zealand China Council in Auckland yesterday. The […]