Nick Jackson

Venture Up Alumni Update: Nick Jackson

Nick Jackson went through our first programme of 2019 in Wellington, working on Project M to reduce the plastic waste from cafés. With a background in chemical and process engineering at the University of Canterbury, Nick brought his analytical thinking and product testing to the programme with the hopes of learning more about business and the ‘entrepreneurial mindset’.

Nick is a member of our recent cohort of young entrepreneurs who went through Venture Up 2019 in Wellington. During the programme, we sat down to find out a bit more about him and what he’s looking to get out of the experience.

Where do you call home and what’s your background?

I call Queenstown home, but I’ve been living in Christchurch for nine years now, first at boarding school and then while studying at UC.

At the end of 2018, I finished an engineering degree majoring in chemical and process engineering with a minor in bioprocess engineering. I’m now working for a fast-paced tech startup as a chemical engineer focusing on product development in the aviation sector. I came to #VentureUp19 to sharpen up my business development skills.


What motivates you? What kind of person do you aspire to be in the world?

I’m motivated by innovation and solving problems. I see innovation as the creation and development of ideas and concepts into solutions that can affect change.

The world is always changing and I want to be at the forefront of that innovation wave. I believe innovation can create so much positivity and I’m driven to harness this and take on projects where I can make a positive difference in at least one person’s life.


What’s been the best thing about Venture Up?

So far, there have been a lot of highlights but my number one has been the team I’ve joined. We all came together around a common goal, to make reducing plastic waste more achievable. We have gelled really well together and have been able to utilise the strengths of each other effectively.

VU19 Project M

Nick Jackson (far right) with his Project M teammates; Luka Licul, Jo Mohan, Michelle Muchemwa and Nimue Strivens.


What’s one thing you’ve learned that you’ll take away from Venture Up? (How do you think you’ll use it in the future?)

The most important thing that I have realised is around problem validation. In particular not making assumptions about what the customers think and not jumping straight to a solution.


What would you say to someone thinking about applying for Venture Up?

Go for it!

You don’t have to have a well thought out business idea but you do need to have an entrepreneurial attitude, be looking to learn, willing to take on feedback and show your passion and drive.


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