Entré Start-Up Challenge

The entré 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.


How big can your idea get?

It doesn't matter whether your business idea is a fully fledged idea or written on the back of a napkin.
Anyone with an idea for a new business can get involved.

Turn your idea into reality

During the course of the challenge, we will help guide you through the process of turning a business idea into a fully formed business.

Learn from the best

Our Start-Up challenge will expose you to a range of local business leaders on your journey of entrepreneurship, and you will grow alongside the other top 20 competitors of the Challenge.

Prize Pool

All successful applicants have the chance at winning a share of cash prizes and in-kind services from our sponsors. Supplying you with the means to give your business the kick-start it needs to take on the world!

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What's involved?

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1. Share your business idea

The Start-Up Challenge is for everyone and anyone - no matter what you study or how much experience you have in entrepreneurship. You will meet like-minded students, inspiring business professionals, knowledgeable mentors and will be supported by our awesome entré executive. It all begins with an idea.

Our introduction session takes place from 5-7pm on 11th August - click here to register and find out more.

Applications for the entré Startup Challenge open on 11th August - you can enter as a team or by yourself.

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2. Nurture for growth

Applications close on the 30th August. We’ll identify which applications show real merit and deserve a place in the competition. Throughout September, our top 20 competitors will learn from the bottom up, the skills they need to know to be able to take the training wheels off after the competition and take on the real world with their business ideas through exposure to a range of valuable business insights from speakers and sessions.

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3. Put in the work

At the end, the top 20 challengers will submit their final business proposition to the judges, who will determine the prizewinning ventures. Those ventures will win a share of a cash & in-kind prize pool of $30,000+!

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4. Do you have what it takes?

If you have what it takes you’ll have an experience much different to others in your usual studies, learn how to network and get paired with mentors to ensure you have the professional support you need. We know you have what it takes. Take a chance on yourself.

If you'd like to know more, contact us on our Facebook page - or email our Startup Manager, Emma Pickup, at 85k@entre.co.nz


Past winners Q&A

Hear first hand from some of our past  Start-Up Challenge winners.

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Komodo Monitr

Tayla Johns

Elizabeth Riach


Register your idea

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