The $85k Start-Up
How the 85k Start-Up Challenge works
The $85k Start-Up Challenge is a business development programme that runs over the second semester of the university year. Whether you have a developed business or just an idea, this is for you. You can apply here.
Applications open in mid-May and close at the start of June. Information/Drop-in Sessions are held on our UC, Ara and Lincoln campuses.
The Top 20 entrants are selected to go into the
“3 Day Workshop” which involves a selection of speakers, basic business essentials and breakout sessions. This is compulsory for the Top 20 competitors, and is held over three days in mid-July. During this stage, the Top 20 are also required to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges, as well as develop other parts of their business (brand presentation, finances and market validation).
The Top 10 ventures are announced and go through intensive workshops. Ventures are also teamed up with mentors from all over NZ (Including PwC, ANZ and Cavell Leitch). These applicants will win their share of the $85k prize pool.
Checkout past winners Q&A
2019 Team Updates
For team updates check out the link below!