Former Boys’ High pupil wins $100,000 entrepreneurial award
Oliver Hunt a former Christchurch Boys’ pupil, and University of Canterbury (UC) Centre for Entrepreneurship student, has won the $100,000 award from the Dream Believe Succeed Foundation.
Oliver’s business Medsalv, is a solution to the waste created by ‘single use’ medical devices. New Zealand hospitals create an enormous and costly amount of waste by discarding medical devices that can be used more than once, if reprocessed properly.
“Devices are labelled ‘single use’ where the manufacturer has chosen to not do any cleaning validation required for re-use. It does not mean the device has to be thrown away. Given the right cleaning procedures, many can be used multiple times,” he says.
The Dream Believe Succeed Foundation Award, which aims to develop young people’s entrepreneurial spirit, consists of $20,000 cash, $60,000 marketing support, $10,000 accounting support, a $5000 legal package as well as mentoring.
“There were so many good companies in the competition I didn’t think I would get it. This is going to be massive for Medsalv,” Oliver says.
A UC Master of Engineering in Management graduate, Oliver, age 23, developed Medsalv, a company that works with hospitals to reduce their costs and environmental impact, over summer at the UC Centre for Entrepreneurship (UCE) where he was awarded a Scholarship for the UCE EY Summer Startup programme 2017/18.
2018 New Year Honours
Congratulations to the old boys below who have received New Year Honours
Garth Carnaby - Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) for services to science and governance
Allan Cook - Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to river and drainage engineering
Conor Mclennan (Surfing) is living every young surfers dream – hitting the school books in the morning and riding waves in the afternoon. The former Christchurch Boys’ High School student won the national title in 2014 at the national scholastic secondary schools championship.The Raglan Surf Academy student recently won the under-18 title at the national surfing championships in Gisborne. Originating from Waimairi Beach, Conor, 17, represented his home club, North Wai Boardriders, in the competition. He moved to Raglan in 2016 to start at the academy. The programme is part of Raglan Area School and was set up in 1998. Click here to read more.
Jamie Prebble (Freestyle skier) first burst onto the international scene in 2015 when he finished sixth at the Ski Cross World Cup in Sweden. One year later he beat his personal best and came one place better than fifth at the world cup held in Switzerland. Click here to read more
Jacob Ewing is leading a team of University of Canterbury students rated among the best in the world in Formula Student Motorsport. The team has just signed a generous sponsorship deal with world-renowned Triumph Motorcycles Limited. Jacob is the team principal and studying for a Bachelor of Commerce degree at UC is excited about developing this new relationship for the team. We compete against European teams that are sponsored by big names like Red Bull, AMG Mercedes and Porsche. Click here for more information.