Master of Advanced Technology Enterprise

Kate and Paul and our inaugural cohort of students
Kate McGrath and Paul Smith with our inaugral cohort of students

Victoria University has launched a unique Master’s degree that will see students start their own company and pitch to a Dragons' Den-style panel of investors.

The programme was launched by University Vice-Chancellor Professor Pat Walsh the Honourable Steven Joyce, Minister for Tertiary Education and Science and Innovation, and programme initiator Professor Kate McGrath on Tuesday 22 January.

The one year Master of Advanced Technology Enterprise programme is an innovative approach to education, providing students with the opportunity to take part in a highly practical course.

Working in teams to create an advanced technology business, students will apply their practical experience to new or existing business ventures. They will also undertake independent, supervised research.

The 2013 cohort of students have backgrounds in science, design, commerce and law and bring a wide range of practical experience, and will emerge as business-ready scientists or science-literate entrepreneurs.

In his speech Minister Joyce highlighted the role of technology innovation to the New Zealand economy and suggested he’ll be keeping an interested eye on the progress of the students.

The first part of the programme, a four-week intensive development course, started on Wednesday 23 January.

Information about the Master of Advanced Technology Enterprise programme is available .

For more information contact Dr Paul Smith, Programme Director, on 021 754 756 or email