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.
The Venture Fund was established in 2009 to provide competitive seed-funding for student business start-ups. The aim was also to connect with Alumni and industry, give students an authentic learning opportunity, and enable students from different faculties to learn complimentary skills and network. An emphasis has been laid on providing students with excellent feedback at all stages of the competition. Judging is undertaken by AUT staff and the finals by experienced entrepreneurs and staff working in commercialisation. Previous judges have included Tony Falkenstein (Just Water) and Jonah Merchant (BizDojo) for example. Entrants from Co-starters, Kickstarter weekend, STEMPrenuers and the AUTel Innovation Challenge are encouraged.
The competition has a good track record of funding entrepreneurial students who have founded successful business following Venture Fund success. Download the list of past winners and runners up.
Why not enter? Your business idea can be product, service, technology, or socially focused, with a domestic and/or international market, but must be New Zealand based.
Winners and runners up of 2015 competition:
Left: Runner up Oliver Tree (Daysha Tonumaipea')
Right: Winners Savvy (Abhishek Kala, Ksennya Kirsanova, Daniel Millward, Justin Matthews)
What are the prizes?
- First Place– $6,000
- Second Place – $3,000
- Third Place - $2,000
AUT VENTURE FUND WORKSHOPS/SUBMISSION DATES FOR 2016
||01 April 2016
||WF604||12pm - 1pm
|Value Proposition Canvas Workshop
||11 April 2016
||12pm - 1pm|
|Value Proposition Canvas Submission
||15 April 2016|
|Business Model Canvas Workshop
||Friday||06 May 2016
||WF604||12pm - 1pm|
|Business Model Canvas Submission
||16 May 2016
|Business Plan Development Session
||03 June 2016
||WF603||1.30pm - 2.30pm|
|Initial Business Plan due
||25 July 2016
||WF604||12pm - 1pm|
|Business Plan feedback workshop
||05 August 2016||WF210||12pm - 1pm|
|Final Business Plan submission||Friday||
19 August 2016
||Friday||02 September 2016|
|Finals judging and awards||Friday
||23 September 2016|
Last updated: 25-May-2016 8.59am
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