X Challenge business idea competition

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

How it works

There are two stages to the competition: the Idea and the Accelerator. You can enter as an individual or as a team.

During the first stage (the Idea), you submit a business idea. In stage two (the Accelerator), you provide a more detailed business plan and possibly a prototype – and the competition ends with a Dragons Den-style pitch night for the finalists.


In 2017 there was a total cash prize pool of $40,000. Heaps of other prizes included desks in co-working spaces, expert IP advice, mentorship and business support.

Next competition

Check back here for details about the next X Challenge.