X Challenge The Accelerator

X Challenge encompasses two separate competitions: The Idea and The Accelerator.

The Accelerator: entries now closed

Entry has now closed for The Accelerator 2021.

Dates for X Challenge 2021

8 March The Idea entry open
Monday 3 May The Idea entry close
Wednesday 12 May The Idea winners announced
Monday 24 May The Accelerator entry open
Monday 16 August The Accelerator entry close
Monday 30 August The Accelerator finalists announced
Thursday 18 November Final pitch night
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“I’ve run start-ups before, but X Challenge was a game changer. It allowed me to meet supportive mentors as well as other experts who believed in my idea and helped me fine-tune my approach.”
Mohd Akhtaar - Mindful Muslim, 2020 Supreme Winner

"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

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