AUT - Your idea. Your business. Start here.


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 2013 competition were:
2013 Venture Fund winners
Samuel Joe and Emile Drescher with their idea "TalknBooks" - a voice recognition platform to create apps designed for children's e-books. They received funding as well as a RogenSi leadership course.

Runners up were Jane Qin, Ning Hu and Nadia Seetal with their idea "Dash Cycles" - a high end fully catered cycle tourism aimed at international tourists received funding as well as a RogenSi leadership course.

Both Blair McDougall - "Auckland Bird of Prey Centre" and Tennille Ziegler and Alice van Schaik with "The Little Creperie" received 10 hours of mentoring sessions.

Timeline for 2014

1. Information session: City Campus : Friday 11 April 2014, 12pm in WF202

2.  Initial submission: 23 May 2014

3.  Shortlisted entries notified 13 June 2013

4.  Business Plan Development session:  19 June 2014, 12pm - 2pm in WF614 (please note the date has changed from 16 June to 19 June)

5.  Business Plans due:  noon 29 August 2014

6.  Finalists notified:  12 September 2014

7.  Finalists return amended Business Plans:  13 October 2014

8.  Finals judging and Awards function:  22 October 2014

Download the Venture Fund initial submission document

What is the AUT Kickstart Competition?

How to develop your Business Plan

Instructional Materials - Venture Fund Module Series & Calculators

Press releases





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