X Challenge student entrepreneurship competition

Supporting and showcasing the innovation, entrepreneurship and enterprise that's at the heart of AUT

X Challenge is a university-wide competition that gives every AUT student an opportunity to develop an idea for a business, cause or project and participate in a fun entrepreneurial experience – with great cash prizes to help you take the next step on your entrepreneurial journey.


X Challenge was created in 2017 and is a platform for AUT to support innovative ideas and help them thrive. This is your chance to take your ideas to the next stage. Even if you plan to work for a company, having an entrepreneurial mindset can help you innovate from within the organisation, and participating in the X Challenge is a way to gain real and meaningful experience in thinking entrepreneurially!

How it works

X Challenge is comprised of two stages: The Idea and The Accelerator. You can enter as an individual or as a team.

The Idea consists of submitting a one-page idea through our online form to win one of 40 prizes of $250.

The Accelerator asks you to submit a more detailed business plan and participate in a number of workshops to help you further develop and fine-tune your entry. From the Stage 2 entries, 12 Finalists are selected to take part in a Dragons’ Den style pitch night, where $40K in cash prizes are up for grabs. More details to come!

Enter Stage 1 here!


Stages on X Challenge