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:

AUT Kickstart Competition 2015 winners

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

Session   
Day   
Date   
Venue   
Time
Information Session   
Friday   
01 April 2016   
WF604 12pm - 1pm
Value Proposition Canvas Workshop          
Monday        
11 April 2016
WF604
12pm - 1pm
Value Proposition Canvas Submission        
Friday        
15 April 2016   

Business Model Canvas Workshop          
Friday           06 May 2016
WF604 12pm - 1pm
Business Model Canvas Submission          
Monday        
16 May 2016  


Business Plan Development Session          
Monday         
30 May 2016
WF604 12pm - 1pm
Initial Business Plan due         
Monday       
25 July 2016 
WF604 12pm - 1pm
Business Plan feedback workshop         
Friday          
05 August 2016 WF210 12pm - 1pm
Final Business Plan submission Friday

19 August 2016



Finalists notified        
Friday 02 September 2016

Finals judging and awards Friday   
23 September 2016

    
  

Download the Venture Fund initial submission document

What is the AUT Venture Fund Kickstart Competition?

Contact: venturefund@aut.ac.nz

 

Last updated: 14-Apr-2016 9.19am

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