Your idea. Your business. Start here.

Got a great business idea? Tell us about it and together with the AUT Venture Fund it could become a reality.

Your business idea can be product, service or technology focused, with a domestic and/or international orientation, but must be New Zealand based.

The winners of the 2014 competition were:
2014 VF Division 1 winner
Winners and runners up of Division 1

  • First Place– Lee Powell – Lifepod – Faculty of Business and Law ($5000)
  • Second place –Daniel Maayen, Charlotte Dickson, Andrew Bias, Samuel Blok – Grampa's Shed – Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies ($3000)
  • Third place – Albert Kwok – Literacy Board Game, Denarius – Faculty of Business and Law ($1000)

2014 VF Division 2 winners
Winner of Division 2

Helgaard Theunissen and Ernst Jordaan – Project – Vermicast – Alumni, Faculty of Business and Law



Timeline for 2015

  1. Information session:  City Campus:  Monday 20 April 2015, 12 noon in WF202
  2. Initial submission:  Monday 18 May 2015
  3. Shortlisted entries notified:  Friday 5 June 2015
  4. Business Plan Development session – Tuesday 28 July 2015, 1.00pm - 2.00pm in WF513
  5. Business Plans due:  noon Friday 21 August 2015
  6. Finalists notified:  Friday 4 September 2015
  7. Finalists return amended Business Plans:  Tuesday 6 October 2015
  8. Finals judging and Awards function:  Thursday 15 October 2015

Download the Venture Fund initial submission document

What is the AUT Kickstart Competition?

Instructional Materials - Venture Fund Module Series & Calculators



Last updated: 11-Jun-2015 3.16pm

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