The Idea competition: describe a startup idea

The Idea competition: describe a startup idea

Got an idea for a business, cause or project? – tell us all about it by entering AUT X Challenge The Idea. Just answer two simple questions to get the chance to win one of 40 cash prizes of $250.

How to enter The Idea

AUT X Challenge entries have closed for 2022.

Winners of AUT X Challenge The Idea 2022
Finalists AUT X Challenge 2022

Why enter The Idea?

AUT X Challenge is more than a competition. Cash and prizes are great, but there’s so much more on offer. Gain feedback and support to improve, adapt and pivot your idea. Optional lunchtime workshops, helpful resources and drop-in clinics are all on offer throughout the programme.

Send in your first idea today – it could be the start of something good!

Competition details

You can enter as many ideas as you like – and win multiple prizes.

Both X Challenge competitions (The Idea and The Accelerator) are open to all current AUT students across all faculties and campuses. A team can include non-students as long as the main contact is a currently enrolled AUT student.

Any enrolled student can enter – you don't need to be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident.

Entries are judged on the following criteria:

  • You understand the problem you are trying to solve
  • You understand who you customer is and your customer’s needs
  • Your solution solves the problem identified and fits with your customer's needs
  • You have identified why your solution is important and how it is unique or better than current solutions to the problem

You can enter as an individual, or part of a team. If you enter a team, the key member and main contact must be a currently enrolled AUT student.

No. In The Idea, you just submit your idea via our online form.

The IP for your ideas belongs to you. By entering AUT X Challenge The Idea, you will not be disclosing and demonstrating your entry to the public. We will not be sharing details of your idea, other than the idea name, if you are one of our winners.

The information you disclose in your entry and the inherent intellectual property (IP) should belong to you or your team and should be the product of your own work. Ensure you have the rights to disclose the intellectual property or confidential information of another party before you disclose it. Make sure you read through the terms and conditions.

If you are unsure or have any questions, contact us.

Terms and conditions

The X Challenge team reserve the right to disqualify any entry that, in its collective judgement, violates the letter or the spirit of the competition rules and guidelines.

Read the terms and conditions

Make sure you read the terms and conditions for X Challenge The Idea.

Read the terms and conditions

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Contact us

Shayna McWhirter

Programmes Manager

X Challenge

The Idea is part of the X Challenge competition. Find out more about what competitions are run by X Challenge annually.