Postgraduate Certificate in Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship (PGCertCE)

The Postgraduate Certificate in Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship (PGCertCE) is a part-time programme particularly designed and structured for practising scientists, technologists and others working in science and technology based ventures, or for candidates who wish to work in this area.

Quick facts
Points for certificate 60 points
Full-time Not available
Part-time 1 year
Degree structure Taught courses
Application closing date Tuesday 8 December 2015
Start date 15 January 2016 

Certificate highlights

  • Provides students with the core knowledge and skills needed to commercialise and take to market new products, services and processes based on research discoveries, inventions, innovations and new ideas.
  • You will learn how to test and validate customer needs and market demand, protect intellectual property, obtain funding, sell research-related innovations into national and global markets, and develop a successful entrepreneurial venture.
  • Provides for students who wish to obtain a postgraduate coursework qualification and in some cases it is possible to continue to the Master of Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship.
  • May be taken part-time within a limited time period.

This programme takes an applied learning approach with strong integration with industry. Classes use guest speakers, case studies and applied assignments to strengthen students' understanding and knowledge of the commercialisation process.

Additionally, this programme begins with an orientation and utilises an hour of each fortnight’s teaching time as a backbone session where professionals in the commercialisation space come in and share their knowledge.

Programme structure

The Postgraduate Certificate in Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship (PGCertCE) consists of 60 points and includes courses: COMENT 703, 708 A and B, and 704.


Course code Points Course title Availability Course outline (PDF<150KB)
COMENT 703 15 Commercialisation of Science and Technology Q1, Y1 Course outline
COMENT 708 30 Business Analysis for Research Commercialisation Q2 and Q3, Y1 Course outline
COMENT 704 15 Entrepreneurship for Science and Technology Ventures Q4, Y1 Course outline

Industry integration

Through the orientation programme, lectures and backbone sessions held at each fortnight’s lectures, engagement with Velocity, as well as the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship’s Entrepreneurs Club, this year’s class has had the opportunity to hear from the following people:

  • Sean Simpson, CSO and founder of Lanzatech.
  • Bridget Liddell, Director Biovittoria, Managing Director 212 Equity Management.
  • Kevin Roberts, CEO Worldwide Saatchi and Saatchi.
  • Jeremy Moon, CEO and founder Icebreaker.
  • Derek Handley, founder The Hyperfactory.
  • Paul Adams, CEO and founder EverEdgeIP.
  • Duncan Ledwith, Director Opshop, EiR and ICE Angel at The ICEHOUSE.
  • Mark Hardie, Strategic Outsourcing Group IBM, EiR and ICE Angel The ICEHOUSE, Director Bearing Investments.
  • Peter Beck, founder and CEO Rocket Lab.
  • Anton Blijlevens, Partner AJ Park.
  • Paul Cameron, CEO and founder Booktrack.
  • Patricio Pagani, Director Infotools.
  • Mitch Olsen, CEO and founder SmallWorlds.
  • Mike Carden, CEO and founder Sonar 6.
  • Joseph Stuart, Principal Business Advisor, Ministry of Business, Employment and Innovation.
  • Rosanne Ellis, National Business Development Manager, Auckland UniServices.


Candidates for admission must have at least one of the following:

  1. A four-year undergraduate or honours degree.
  2. An undergraduate degree and a postgraduate diploma.
  3. An undergraduate degree and evidence of professional experience considered equivalent to the additional advanced study required in (1) or (2) above.

Candidates must also have obtained an average grade of B- or higher in the 90 points of the most advanced courses they have taken in their entry qualification.

Applying and enrolling

Learn about the next steps to studying at the Business School.

More information

Maria Aquino
Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE)
Phone: 923 4985 (within Auckland) | +64 9 923 4985 (overseas) | 0800 227 337 (outside Auckland)