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Testimonials: Master of Entrepreneurship

Our Master of Entrepreneurship Programme is award winning – but 'word of mouth' is always the best recommendation.

Read about the experiences of some of our students and graduates below.

Anna Guenther (Founder, PledgeMe)  Pledgeme-Anna-GuentherThumb

PledgeMe, New Zealand’s first crowdfunding platform, is going from strength to strength, thanks to its founder Anna Guenther, who graduated with a MEntr (Distinction) in 2012.


Clay Caird (Founder, Creative Hype Ltd)  Clay-CairdThumb

Clay Caird launched his company Creative Hype Ltd when he entered and won the annual student focused Audacious entrepreneurial challenge.

Clay says the Master of Entrepreneurship programme helped his startup venture and was relevant every step of the way, from intellectual property generation to cash flow planning.


Tim Murray-Leslie (ManukaBiotic natural skin care)  Tim-Murray-LeslieThumb

Tim Murray-Leslie returned from a digital media consultancy job in Sydney to help his aging father on their Coromandel farm. His family are well-established producers of organic manuka honey and manuka oil, but Tim quickly realised he needed to grow the business for it make a living to sustain the next generation – his two-year-old daughter being his driving force. So he enrolled into the 2012 MEntr programme to upskill and develop invaluable financial, research and marketing, and decision-making capabilities needed to extend the farm’s potential.


Marcus Hoefliger (Co-founder, EFTPlus)  MarcusHoefligerThumb

The Master of Entrepreneurship was a great way to work on the [EFTPlus] concept. I also wanted to meet other like-minded, passionate entrepreneurs and to develop networks. Both of those goals were achieved.


Logan Elliott (Founder, Highly Flammable)  LoganElliottThumb

When I found out about the Master of Entrepreneurship in the last year of my science degree – I knew it was exactly what I wanted to do. It meant I got to meet more of these 'crazy entrepreneurial types' and learn more about business!


John Fountain (National Poisons Centre)  JohnFountainThumb

It was gratifying to be led by lecturers with realistic expectations who understood students' individual circumstances and needs - that students often had demanding jobs and family commitments. Not only were the interactions between staff and students excellent, the camaraderie among the participants was first-class.


Tim Nixon (Director, Runaway)  TimNixonThumb

The Master of Entrepreneurship gave me a great foundation in business operations and entrepreneurial strategy. The single most enjoyable component of the course was the simulation workshop where students had to manage a real-life business.


Jack Keogh  JackKeoghThumb

Maori need to look towards self-employment, entrepreneurship and venture developments as genuine options for employment and tino rangatiratanga, self determination. Entrepreneurship provides a vehicle to enhance and sustain these.


Steve Price (atFax)  StevePriceThumb

I’d always wanted to do a Masters, and I wanted to challenge myself. The Master of Entrepreneurship was right in line with what I was doing and Otago has the best reputation and a course that was internationally-recognised.