Past Events

Past Events:

Trimester 2 (2015)
    Thursday 16th July 3pm, Railway West Wing 219
    Jim McElwain - "Capital Markets for Dummies"
    Jim McElwain is the executive director of INFINZ, the body that represents professionals working for banks and financial institutions in New Zealand. The organisation is keen to get more students involved in finance and learning about how capital markets operate and potential scholarship and job opportunities in the field.
     
    Monday 20th July 5pm, KK218
    Bloomberg Aptitude Testing
    BAT is a great way to show your finance and business skills and get recognised by potential employers from around the globe. This two hour multi-choice test requires no specific prior study and covers 100 questions across eight sections from economics to news analysis to financial statements. Your results will then be compared with students from across the world and you will have the option to share them or not share them if you are unhappy with your results.
     
    Wednesday 22nd July 5pm, KK204
    Stock Valuation Tutorial
    Learn how to value a listed company using qualitative analysis and discounted cash flows. This event will go through a sample case and the individual parts.
     
    Monday 27th July 5pm, KK204
    "How to create a crowdfunding campaign"
    Rodney Craig partner from local law firm Minter Ellison Rudd Watts comes to talk about how to crowdfund a campaign and some of the legal requirements.
     
    Monday 3rd August 5pm, KK204
    Stock Valuation Tutorial
    Learn how to value a listed company using qualitative analysis and discounted cash flows. This event will go through a sample case and the individual parts.
    Saturday 8th August
    Stock Valuation Competition

    The aim of this stock valuation challenge is to create a real-world experience of an analyst at an investment bank. Teams will be given a short case on a publicly traded company. They are then required to analyse the case given as well as conducting their own research to establish a fair value of the company before presenting their buy, sell or hold recommendation to a panel of judges.

    http://www.vicconsulting.com/#!valuation-challenge/c24ya


    Future of the BIC
    Keen to discuss ideas for BIC events or speakers you would like to see come in to the university, or take up an executive position in 2016. Come along to this event on 
    Monday 14th September 5pm-6pm
    Kirk Building 204
Bloomberg Aptitude Testing
Test your business and financial skills by taking the internationally recognised Bloomberg Aptitude Test giving you access to a range of employers around the world. The test requires no prior study and involves 100 multi-choice questions over 2hours across a range of topics from economics to news analysis. There is no cost involved and no downside to taking it, as you can choose to share your results with potential employers and to the Bloomberg database of commerce employers or not if you are disappointed with your result.
Tuesday 22nd September 4pm-6pm
Railway West Wing 102,
For more information Signup at www.takethebat.com

"To build a house"
Bill English - Minister of Finance
How is the government is trying to tackle issues in housing around quality and affordability? This event will also give you the chance to ask questions of the minister about the current situation around housing in New Zealand.
New Zealand's Housing Infrastructure
Thursday 24th of September 9:30am-11:00am
Rutherford House LT 2

VicCom + BIC Conference
Hear from speakers from the local Wellington business community about their jobs and how the got to where they are today. Speakers from PWC, KPMG, NZ Institute of Economic Research, Chartered Accountants NZ  and local startup company Hatcher.
Thursday 24th September 5pm-7:30pm
Hugh McKenzie LT 104, Kelburn

Wellington Children's Hospital Appeal
A chance to help out the sick children at Wellington Hospital, and raise some money so that they can have the best facilities possible.
Thursday 24th September 2pm-6pm
Thorndon New World,
Email info@bic.org.nz if you are keen to take part


Vice President of NASDAQ Listed Pico Holdings on "The Keys to Value Investing"
US-based New Zealander Raymond Webb
Raymond Webb is a New Zealander who is Vice President for a 300 million US dollar investment holding company Pico Holdings. He is planning on talking about finding value in investments, what tools to use and how to find opportunities to make good returns.
Tuesday 13th October 9:30am to 10:20am
Railway West Wing 315


Trimester 1 (2015):
  • 9th March: Some big announcements on the club for 2015 including our first guest speaker, a big university investment competition and some more info on where the club is going this year as well as a recap of last year. Food and networking after the main presentation and some free pizza. Also your chance to get involved in one of the three positions available on our executive panel, that'll look great on your CV.
  • 16th March: Let the investment competition begin, we'll be teaching you all you need to know about investment basics, before we let you lose on the market.
  • 23rd March: First Guest Speaker Dean Jackson on how he retired at 35! Dean wrote off his ute and saved enough for another ute but instead bought his first home and the rest was history.  Now he's financially free making good money from his investments in property and  transportation, not a millionaire living a lavish lifestyle, but financially free to do what he wants to do with his life. Join us as Dean goes through his successes, failures and how to spot a good investment when you see one with us.
  • 30th March: Small Business Workshop; come and hear from some entrepreneurial insiders about a range of topics from business planning, coming up with a good idea, doing the books, it systems, taxes etc.
  • Friday 24th April 4-6pm, Kirk218: Bloomberg Aptitude Testing come and test yourself against students from around the world and work out what your strengths and weaknesses are in the world of business and finance.
  • Monday 4th May 6pm, Kirk 202: Networking Night - Pizza  Come get some food, an update on the club stock competition, club membership packs and chat and meet people from within the BIC. 
  • Monday 11th May 6pm, Kirk 202: Anne Hare - Craigs Investment Partners  Anne is an authorised financial adviser and former Olympic Athlete. She will be coming to speak to us about coming up with a strategy for your portfolio and building a strong asset base for your future.
  • Monday 18th May 6pm, Kirk 202: Snowball Effect - Josh Daniell  Josh is head of platform and investor growth at New Zealand's leading equity crowdfunding (social capital raising) firm, is coming to talk about alternative forms of raising capital for business and how equity crowdfunding is changing the marketplace.
  • Friday 22nd May 2pm, RWW202 - Cybercom: Bloomberg Aptitude Testing come and test yourself against students from around the world and work out what your strengths and weaknesses are in the world of business and finance.
  • Monday 25th May 6pm, Kirk 202: Mandy Simpson - NZX Head of Operations  What is the NZX doing in terms of market surveillance and providing a safe place for both investors and firms to do business. 
Trimester 2 (2014)
  • 28th July - "The business of people" by Antonia Haythornthwaite, owner of Blue Dot HR. Antonia will talk about her experience with both managing people for living and running a small business. Come find out how she is helping owners and business managers retain the best employees. She is passionate about developing workplace cultures that engage high performing staff and address problems effectively and will talk about how you can do the same in your organisation.
  • 4th August - Bloomberg BAT test. Super-charge your career! This 2-hour online test, taken by more than 160 000 students all over the world, helps you uncover your strengths and gain insight into the world of business. Your BAT test score is sent to over 20 000 international corporations, which are registered in the system, and greatly increases your chances of scoring yourself a dream career overseas. The BAT is taking place at Pipitea campus, Railway west wing building, room RWW102 (Cyber commons in RWW level 1). Registration at www.TakeTheBat.com essential.
  • 11th August - no meeting scheduled
  • 18th August - no meeting scheduled
  • 8th September - no meeting scheduled
  • 15th September - Bloomberg BAT test. Super-charge your career! This 2-hour online test, taken by more than 160 000 students all over the world, helps you uncover your strengths and gain insight into the world of business. Your BAT test score is sent to over 20 000 international corporations, which are registered in the system, and greatly increases your chances of scoring yourself a dream career overseas. The BAT is taking place at Pipitea campus, Railway west wing building, room RWW102 (Cyber commons in RWW level 1). Registration at www.TakeTheBat.com essential.
  • Thursday 18th September - "How I became the public sector CFO of the Year" by Paul Helm, CFO of the NZ Transport Agency. Paul and his team have won this very prestigious award and he will be talking about just that: what is it like to be a CFO, what are Paul´s values, his customer driven/fiscally responsible business plan, why is he known for being different from the other public company CFOs, how does he manage his team and plenty more interesting information.
  • 22th September - AGM 2014 (Annual General Meeting) and then "Nailing the interview: recruitment tips" by CareerHub recruiter Millie Douglas. Come and learn how to nail your job interview and make the recruiter hire you straight away! Millie will discuss most frequent questions used by recruiters and how to properly answer them, what to expect from an interview, how to prepare and what to ask in return. RSVP essential https://careerhub.vuw.ac.nz/students/events/detail/432278/interview-preparation-workshop.
  • 29th September - "Sport is a serious business" by Carolyn YoungCEO of Netball Central Zone. Hard work on and off the court, sport isn't just a hobby! Gain an insight into what it is like to operate in sporting business environment. Building lasting relationships and securing sponsorship is a vital part of any business. Netball Central Zone and Haier Pulse CEO Carolyn shares her experiences managing a non-profit organisation as well as a thriving sporting franchise right here in Wellington City.
  • 6th October - "Digital entrepreneurship" by Shane Bartle, co-founder and CEO of Smallfish, a cloud solution for online shops. He created his first software company while at high school. This didn’t help him get a girlfriend but was the start of a long love affair with making people‑friendly software. So, what brought him to the idea of creating a business that will allow people with no IT skills to launch their own online shop? What is his approach to digital entrepreneurship and what is the future of Smallfish? Come find out and learn how you can create your own online store.

Trimester 1 (2014)
  • 10th March - Annual general meeting (AGM). We´ll introduce this trimester´s guest speaker events, discuss new plans, projects, ideas and welcome new members. Election of the vice-president will take place. Networking with pizza and soft drinks later.
  • 17th March - "How to create a successful IT start-up" by Nolen Smith. Nolen has plenty of entrepreneurship experience with his start-up Kineo, which provides a customised e-learning solutions and Nolen with his business partner Richard sold it to an overseas British investors. Nolen will be talking about many of their struggles and what did they encounter on their way between bootstrapping and selling.
  • 24th March - "Sir Robert Jones: My story". The famous Kiwi entrepreneur, property developer and author is coming to Victoria University to share some of his experience with business, commercial property, travel and life in general. Come and find out what helped him succeed, what he did with his life after finishing his degree at Victoria University, where he traveled and how did he get into business and why did he choose to invest in commercial property. This is a very unique opportunity to pick a brain of a highly influential and knowledgeable person and you certainly shouldn´t miss it!
  • 31st March - "Financial literacy seminar" by Dean Blair. Do you want to learn how to manage your own money and sort out any financial troubles? Finding a way to actually repaying your student loan before you hit the retirement age? Then come to this workshop which will teach you all the basic personal money management skills!
  • 7th April - No meeting scheduled
  • 14th April - "Creating and managing retail stores" by Chris Wilkinson, managing director of PhotoPlus and owner of First Retail Group. Chris has extensive experience of building retail branches and specialises in commercial performance and technology in retail industry, which are the main topics of this very interesting talk. If you want to get involved with retail business and are seeking more information, come and find out what it involves and what makes a retail branch successful.
  • 6th May (Tuesday!) - Social networking event 5.30pm @ Apartment bar (25 Allen street) with the Entrepreneurs association in Wellington. Come and network with local entrepreneurs, freelancers and other business oriented people.
  • 12th May - Bloomberg BAT test. Super-charge your career! This 2-hour online test, taken by more than 160 000 students all over the world, helps you uncover your strengths and gain insight into the world of business. Your BAT test score is sent to over 20 000 international corporations, which are registered in the system, and greatly increases your chances of scoring yourself a dream career overseas.
  • 19th May - "Sweet business: The story behind Whittakers" by Philip Poole, the marketing manager of Whittakers. Philip will tell us the story how Whittakers got started, some of their great successes, their strategic business model, how does he as a manager run and grow the business on the owners´ behalf, what´s the mentality behind Whittakers, he will mention the entrepreneurial values of the Whittakers family (what drives them, why did they decide to start a chocolate business etc.), what would he recommend to future business people (students) and what does his role of marketing manager involve in his every day work life.
  • 26th May - CV improvement workshop with Louise Taylor from Vic Careers. Score your dream job with the perfect CV! Bring a printed copy of your CV and get tailored feedback on it from a careers specialist. Find out what recruiters want to see and how to make your CV really stand out.


Trimester 2 (2013)
  • 29th July - "How to succeed in tech business" by Franceska Bangathe CEO of NZ Venture Investment Fund. Franceska will be talking about her experience in entrepreneurship and venture investment industry, how and why did she become a businesswoman, her way of doing business, what would she recommend to young entrepreneurs, why should young people start their own small business and whether she would encourage and inspire young women to go into business themselves.
  • 5th August - talk cancelled Come here instead! :-) BIC has teamed up with the Entrepreneur Club and we would love to invite you all to their next networking event. Takes place in Hotel Bristol at 5.30pm, more information here http://www.meetup.com/The-Entrepreneur-Club-Wellington/events/128553852/
  • 12th August - Business networking night. Meet new awesome people, network with successful local entrepreneurs and discuss business, economy, cars, politics, Justin Bieber´s new hit song and whatever else you feel like talking about. There will be some free food, which we´re happy to share! So leave that "meh" lazy attitude at home and come have fun :-) Takes place in Hunter Lounge (Student union building, Kelburn campus) and starts at 4.30pm.
  • 19th August - "Capital markets and how to get involved" by Tim Bennett, CEO of NZX, who will introduce the world of financial markets, talk about his experience with various stock markets around the world, will explain how the NZX works and how anyone can get involved - even students, who are known for having notoriously very little spare money. Visitors of this talk can look forward to hearing many interesting information and find out why it´s a great time to start investing in one of the many new companies, that are being listed on NZX this year and in near future.
  • 9th September - "Mining business in New Zealand" by Chris Baker, CEO of Straterrawho will be talking about members of his association, how does mining business work here and overseas, does mining business have bright future in NZ or have the best times already passed, what it takes to start and/or run a mining business, what are their members/clients looking for in graduates or potential suppliers, how is the mining industry doing as a whole and hopefully Chris might talk about an average day of mining business´ executive.
  • 23rd September - "Managing $250 billion portfolio" by the Finance Minister Bill English. Bill has found one evening in his very busy schedule to come talk to us about his daily job of managing the state assets, businesses and investments worth of $250 billion NZ dollars. Come and find out what is it like to run the finance for the country, what prior business/finance experience has he had, how can students and graduates follow his success, what is important to study in finance, where can students get their first finance experience and so much more. This is the one guest speaker event you must not miss! CareerHub RSVP link http://careerhub.vuw.ac.nz/ViewEvent.chpx?id=147874 and invite your friends here http://www.facebook.com/events/123316977838718/
  • 30th September - no meeting
  • 7th October - "Learn to communicate effectively" with professional speaker Amy ScottNew Zealand is home to many cultures and sometimes it´s really hard to communicate effectively. Learn Amy´s technique of "dotting" people based on their communication styles and explore the best ways to approach them in order to deliver your message. Her successful course “Get Dotted”, which she will present at the event, focuses on the impact of pre-cognitive communication and exposes the opportunities successful communication has on relationships in all walks of life, both at home and at the workplace.

Trimester 1 (2013)
  • 8th March - Annual general meeting in Meeting room 2 (below VicBooks cafe) starts at 4pm. We´ll discuss this trimester´s events, plans, ideas and welcome new members. Election for the vice-president will take place as well as introduction of the Investment Academy, introduction of Rachel Kenealy (president of AIESEC) and playing the business board game Market Share (introduced by the creator Nick Hindson, more information here http://www.marketshare.co.nz).
  • 11th March - First seminar of the Investment Academy. More information and agenda here. Starts at 5pm at the NZX´s headquarters (11 Cable street, next to Te Papa museum).
  • 18th March - "Kick-starting your own IT business" by John-Daniel Trask. This 30-year-old ex-uni student talks about his journey from boring uni lectures to delivering tailored software to US strategic command, Microsoft and NATO (as well as thousands of others). Come and find out about his beginnings, where his startup capital came from, why did he decide to become an entrepreneur and get motivated to do just the same! Starts at 4pm and takes place in room SU218 (below Hunter lounge).
  • 25th March - Second seminar of the Investment Academy. More information and agenda hereStarts at 4pm @ SU218 (below Hunter lounge).
  • 8th April - "Learn to communicate effectively" with professional speaker Amy Scott. New Zealand is home to many cultures and sometimes it´s really hard to communicate effectively. Learn Amy´s technique of "dotting" people based on their communication styles and explore the best ways to approach them in order to deliver your message. Her successful course “Get Dotted”, which she will present at the event, focuses on the impact of pre-cognitive communication and exposes the opportunities successful communication has on relationships in all walks of life, both at home and at the workplace. Starts at 4pm and takes place in room SU218 (below Hunter lounge). This event has been cancelled due to injury of the speaker.
  • 15th April - Third seminar of the Investment Academy. More information and agenda hereStarts at 4pm @ SU218 (below Hunter lounge).
  • 6th May - "Get business help from an angel" with Suse Reynolds, the Executive Director of Angel association of New Zealand, who will be talking about business angels, what it´s like to be one and how can they help your business. Suse will also talk about the most typical misconceptions about angel investors, how are they different from venture capitalists, will clarify how exactly do they operate and explain what and who are they looking for, as well as challenge you to take control of your life and come up with your own revolutionary business idea. So if you´re a struggling business owner, or an entrepreneurial university student with that one big idea that will change the world, you need to be there! Starts at 4pm and takes place in room SU218 (below Hunter lounge).
  • 13th May - Fourth seminar of the Investment Academy. More information and agenda hereStarts at 4pm @ SU218 (below Hunter lounge).
  • 20th May - "Forex: Being in the business of foreign exchange" with Bryn Griffiths, CEO Edge Capital Markets, who will introduce to us the world of Forex Currency trading, where you will get an insight into what makes the difference between those who are successful and those who struggle. He will introduce you to what are the most important aspects of trading – you will be surprised. If you are interested in getting aboard one of the world’s biggest financial markets, this talk is just for you. Starts at 4pm and takes place in room SU218 (below Hunter lounge).
  • 27th May - Fifth seminar of the Investment Academy. More information and agenda hereStarts at 4pm @ Meeting room 2 (second level of Student union building).



YEAR 2012 (past events)

Trimester 2 (2012)
  • 19th July, 6.30pm @ SU218 - First meeting in trimester 2. We´ll be talking about guest speaker events, our projects, CMC investment competition and Victoria business incubator.
  • 16th August, 6.30pm @ SU218 - "How to invest in real estate" by Israeli property investor Hayim Nachum, who will share his experience and talk about his beginnings, whether you need a lot of up-front capital to start, what are the upsides and downsides of property investments, also will present some of the properties he owns, what are the usual mistakes and how to avoid them, what skills are required for successful real estate investments, where to find your first property and how to evaluate its financial side to make sure it will be profitable. Hayim will also mention the fact he had gone bankrupt in the past, but he has recovered, and will explain what can you learn from a failure in business.
  • 23rd August, 6.30pm @ SU217 - "From possum trapper to clothing entrepreneur", guest speaker Davey Hughes (Swazi clothing) will be talking about his company, why did he become an entrepreneur and what it takes to be successful in the competitive world of clothing business.
  • 13th September, 6.30pm @ SU218 - "Creating a business plan", experienced Business training manager John Eaden (https://bizhub.anz.co.nz/) will explain why a business plan is important for every entrepreneur, how it can help transform your big idea into a viable business concept and how can you create a powerful business plan, that will lead you to your entrepreneurial success.
  • 18th September, 4pm @ SU218 - "How I built Rhythm & Vines"  with the CEO/Festival director Scott Witters, talks about his role in turning a party for a bunch of mates into NZ's largest music festival. Come and learn about how and why did he become music festival organizer and event entrepreneur, what were the beginnings like, what were his biggest obstacles and wins, what is his view on business in general, also about the future of R&M, his advice to students concerning entrepreneurship, event management and lots more!
  • 20th September, 6.30pm @ SU217 - "Financial literacy and why it´s important in the real life". Lucas Remmerswaal, a well-known financial literacy entrepreneur and author of 6 books, will be explaining why he wants Kiwis to understand the financial world, why should they care about their own financial situation, how to improve your personal financial situation with entrepreneurship and investments.
  • 27th September, 6.30pm @ SU218 - "How to build a great business", delivered by a well-known entrepreneur and angel investor Dave Moskovitz (http://webfund.co.nz/team), who will talk about his start-up investment experience, his business recommendations to students, what wins and fails await on the entrepreneurial path, why did he actually become entrepreneur, his current involvement with the Startup Weekend and much more.
  • 11th October, 6.30pm @ SU218 - "Why should students become entrepreneurs" by the highly successful entrepreneur, philanthropist and owner of multiple publicly-listed companies Tony Falkenstein (http://www.keanewzealand.com/global/2012-winners)Tony will be talking about his 30-years of experience of building companies in various industries, what has he learnt from that and why does he think that students should start their own small business. If you´re seriously thinking about becoming an entrepreneur and want to learn from one of the best in New Zealand, make sure you come to this cool guest speaker event!

Trimester 1 (2012)
  • 7th June - Last regular meeting this trimester, 7pm @ meeting room 2 in SU building 
  • 21st May - Next regular meeting, 6.30pm @ SU218
  • 10th May - Next regular meeting, 6.30pm @ SU218 - Further discussion and preparations on our projects, mainly Miss Campus and the investment fund
  • 26th April - After a long mid-term break, we have began the work on our projects. Our members came up with 5 different and very interesting ideas, which we plan to develop further.
  • 29th March - We´ll vote our executive team, talk about a club-wide project, future of the BIC, business/investment news and will watch a great talk delivered by Guy Kawasaki about "Art of the Start" - compulsory for all entrepreneurs! :-)
  • 15th March - First initial meeting have taken place on Thursday 15th March 2012 at 6pm @ Kelburn campus, Victoria university of Wellington, Student Union building, room 220 (SU220 - second level, just below Hunter Lounge). Being a first initial meeting, we have been talking about club´s goals, events and projects for this year, getting to know each other a little bit and most importantly - we got the first 20 members signed up in order to become an official affiliated VUWSA club.

BIC members work on launching real-world projects to prove their skills, have fun and possibly even make some money! :-) If you like any of them, don´t hesitate to contact us and join the project team!

Past Projects
1) EshopRental.biz - an online cloud service that allows individuals and businesses to start their own online shop without any IT skills. This project has been finished and launched! Check it out www.eshoprental.biz
2) The Investment Academy - Originally a series of 5 great stockmarket investment education seminars, which are now being turned into a full stack online course, aimed at educating novice investors and helping them become successful and profitable. Visit The Investment Academy website for detail information.
3) Campus Stock Market Challenge - investment simulation/competition with virtual money based on real market data.
4) Campus Business Challenge - Apprentice/Dragon´s Den event at Vic, again open for all students and judged by a panel of business professionals. This could be a lot of fun!
5) Business Networking Nights – hosted 4x per year, a series of networking events for both outside business community (preferably local from around Wellington) and commerce students. Students will be able to meet some very interesting people.
6) Business/investment conference - a large event with panel of speakers, talking about experience, stories and skills from their respective fields
7) Suit up party - fun party event for all Vic students with the legendary Suit Up theme of the great Barney Stinson!
8) BAT test - Bloomberg Amplitude Test for future business professionals
9) Career expo @ Hub - Looking for a cool part-time job? Then check out the Career expo @ Hub!
10) Amy Scott´s "Dotting" seminar - a full-day workshop on communication skills and "Getting dotted"

Business and Investment Club (BIC) is a student organisation at Victoria University of Wellington, which has been founded in early 2012 to network all students interested in business, entrepreneurship and investment. Our main goal is to help you kick-start your own small business and investment, share experience among our members and network with successful entrepreneurs and investors at guest speaker events.
This year the BIC will have a real focus on helping students to make investment decisions whether that be to go into the world of finance or simply to balance a budget. The Investment Academy will help give you the skills you need to invest successfully and protect your hard earned cash. 
BIC may also give you the opportunity to launch your own real-world project (so far we have launched EshopRental.bizInvestment Academy and have 3 other projects underway), enhance your business skills, learn how to invest your money and meet new friends with similar interests. In the long term we want to create a whole new generation of entrepreneurs and investors and set them on the path to success.
Keen to be a member don't hesitate to email info@bic.org.nz to sign-up, membership fees are cheap and there is heaps of great events for students to enjoy.

When and where are weekly Events are held? 
Weekly events are normally on Mondays 5pm-6pm in room KK204, located on the 2nd level of the Kirk Building at Kelburn Campus, Victoria University Wellington (Map Below):

Kirk Building and the location of the Kelburn Campus

http://www.victoria.ac.nz/about/explore-victoria/campuses/kelburn/kelburn-campus-map.pdf