X Challenge ideas competition

Are you working on an exciting project? Trying to get a new start-up off the ground? Have a great idea but don't know what to do with it? Or perhaps you don’t have an idea but you’d like to embark on a fun entrepreneurial journey and build your skills. AUT X Challenge is for you!

Get involved and gain real and meaningful experience in launching a start-up with plenty of support along the way. Plus, there's $30,000 cash and great prizes to be won. No matter what course you are studying, or which field you plan to enter, we believe everyone has ideas.

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X Challenge 2021 coming soon!

X Challenge 2021 kicks off 8 March with The Idea. Find out more, including how to enter.



"X Challenge was one of the best learning opportunities I experienced during my six years at AUT. It helped our idea move from a concept, to something tangible with the potential to launch."
Aimee Moss – giveagood, 2019 Runner Up

"X Challenge is such an amazing opportunity to grow your skillset, and ways of thinking and working. It helped us (Flat Essentials) reflect, learn, and adapt, especially as we went through the ideation process."
Finlay Barnett – Flat Essentials, 2019 Finalist

"Being a finalist in the X Challenge has been great for our personal growth and development. It’s one of the best things you can do for yourself at university, as it fuels rapid self-learning and makes you stand out to future employer."
Piggyback, 2018 Runner-Up

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