Entrepreneurship programmes, competitions and development

AUT is passionate about its students developing their entrepreneurial mindset while they're at university. No matter what you're studying, you can take part in programmes and competitions that will ignite your creative thinking and give you the insights and skills to see a business idea through.

Our AUT Beta team is a group of innovators, educators and start-up founders who can help support you to build your entrepreneurial skills through a range of events, workshops, collaboration opportunities and resources.

X Challenge idea competitions

X Challenge runs two competitions each year where you can get real, meaningful experience in launching a start-up. With a programme of support to help you develop your entry, it doesn't matter what stage your idea is at. Plus, there's cash and other prizes up for grabs.


CO.STARTERS business development programmes

CO.STARTERS at AUT is our foundation entrepreneurship programme, equipping you with tools you need to take the next step in building a sustainable business. You'll join a cohort once a week for 10 weeks, giving you the opportunity to explore and develop your business idea within a supportive community.


Other support and development from AUT Beta

While our programmes and events are at the core of what AUT Beta offers, the team can also help you make connections and find resources to support your entrepreneurial development:

  • Workshops, speaker series and other events
  • Co-working space at the Beta Lab
  • Startup sessions to get feedback or direction from the AUT Beta team
  • Access to curated online resources


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