X Challenge business idea competition

X Challenge is a university-wide competition that gives every AUT student the opportunity and guidance to develop an idea for a business, cause or project.

It's a way to gain experience in launching and running a new business, and there are great cash prizes to help you take your idea to the next level.

Why participate in the X Challenge

X Challenge was created in 2017 as a platform for AUT to support innovative ideas and help them thrive.

Creative, inventive thinking is said to be one of the most relevant skills for the 21st century. Having an entrepreneurial mindset can help you stand out from the crowd of job applicants and, once you get the job, your ability to innovate will increase your value as an employee.

How it works

The X Challenge consists of The Idea and The Accelerator. You can enter either one or both, as an individual or as a team. When entering as a team at least one member must be a current AUT student.

The Idea

You submit a one-page idea through our online form.

You could win one of 40 prizes of $250.

The Accelerator

You submit a more detailed business plan and participate in a number of workshops to help fine-tune your entry.

Eight finalists then take part in a Dragons’ Den style pitch night, with $20,000 in cash plus a selection of other prizes up for grabs.

How to enter

If you're a current AUT student, enter X Challenge now or find out more about the competition.

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