If you’re doing research at AUT that could be turned into a business, then you could win $10,000 to kickstart your journey.
The AUT Ventures Research Challenge is focused on business ideas coming out of AUT research. It’s aimed at staff and students (especially postgraduate students) working on new technologies with commercial potential.
You can choose to enter the AUT Ventures Research Challenge when you enter the main X Challenge: The Accelerator stream, using the same pitch deck. It does have some special eligibility criteria (see below), and you’ll want to attend some of the workshops, especially the Intellectual Property one.
AUT Ventures, the commercialisation arm of AUT, will award $10,000 each to up to four AUT Ventures Research Challenge winners. The prizes can’t be taken as cash but can be used to support the early stages of commercialising the research. For example:
On top of that, winners will get commercialisation support from AUT Ventures on market validation, business, IP and strategy. This could lead to further funding in the future.
The prizes will be awarded at an event in November.
The Research Challenge is aimed to commercialise research that has been developed by AUT. Because of these requirements, the Research Challenge entries need to meet the following eligibility criteria, on top of the standard X Challenge criteria:
If you have any questions, contact Lois Gregory at email@example.com, with the subject line starting with ‘AUT Ventures Research Challenge’.