Innovation Challenge

Bring your innovative idea to life

1st $5000  |  2nd $3000  |  3rd $2000  |   AJ Park Crowd Favourite Award $2000

Do you need cash to develop your commercial product or business venture? The AUT VenturesInnovation Challenge is giving entrepreneurs the chance to pitch their proposals and secure funds to bring their innovation to life! Submissions are required to be at proof-of-concept or prototype stage.

The challenge is open to all current AUT staff (allied and academic) and students and consists of 4 steps.

Submit a 3 min video of your idea.

  1. AUT Enterprises Ltd Team will select the top 10 videos
  2. The public are asked to vote (online) for their favourite.
  3. The creator(s) of the 5 videos with the most likes will be invited to pitch their innovation to a live audience and our judges.

  4. The judges determine who will win 1st, 2nd, 3rd prizes and the audience will determine who wins the 'AJ Park Crowd Favourite' funding.

Why enter the AUT VenturesInnovation Challenge?

Why enter the AUT VenturesInnovation Challenge?

  • It's free to enter, so what have you got to lose?
  • You may work alone or as part of a team. You can even include friends, family and colleagues from outside the University as long as at least one person on your team is a current AUT staff member or student.
  • Hassle-free application process. Upload your 3 min (max) video to the website and we'll take it from there.

The live pitch event will take place in the award-winning AUT Sir Paul Reeves Building on the AUT City Campus. The evening will include entertainment and provide a relaxed atmosphere for guests to mix and mingle. We've also invited our industry friends so it will be a great opportunity to meet some of the most successful and commercial brains in NZ.

If you are an entrepreneur with a fantastic business idea or product that is investment-ready, then we want to hear from you.

Terms and conditions apply

Applications must be submitted no later than midday, 12 September, 2016.

Check out the 2015 AUT VenturesInnovation Challenge livestream.

Still not convinced? Contact us at and someone from our team will give you a call to discuss further.

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