X Challenge: key dates and how to enter

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X Challenge encompasses two separate competitions: The Idea and The Accelerator (both now closed). You can enter either one or both, as an individual or as a team.

Dates for X Challenge 2020

Monday 24 August Close of The Accelerator
Monday 7 September The Accelerator finalists announced
Monday 16 November Final pitch night

The Accelerator: entry now closed

Entry for The Accelerator is now closed. Check back for details about our finalists.

The Idea: winners announced

Entry for The Idea is now closed.

190 fantastic ideas were submitted over the past two months and our panel of judges really enjoyed reading the entries. Well done to our winners and to everyone who submitted an idea.

List of The Idea winners


"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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