Audacious
Growing young business

Growing young business

Audacious is about nurturing the entrepreneurial spirit in Dunedin students. It is about starting a business, being your own boss, taking a risk, doing what you love and just maybe leaving your own mark on the world. It is about asking you to consider an alternative to traditional employment and giving you the tools and courage to take the path less travelled.

Audacious is not just a business competition, it provides an environment that encourages like-minds to meet, mingle, motivate and inspire each other.

What will I get Out Of It?

You will get an understanding of the realities of starting your own business, meet other students interested in starting up, network with fellow entrepreneurs and business people, attend workshops, get advice, and hear about other support and opportunities for budding entrepreneurs in Dunedin, New Zealand and internationally.

 

You will develop new fantastic new skills, meet new people, it looks great on your CV and you'll be in to win money and prizes to get your business off the ground. In 2013, competitors shared in a prize pool of $40,000 in cash, services and other prizes to help them start-up - what have you got to lose?

 

How does it work?

The Audacious programme includes workshops, the challenge, business coaches and a start-up space for like-minds to meet and mingle. Check out the Programme page for further details.

The Challenge is split into two Rounds where you will be required to:

  • Round One - submit a business idea
  • Round Two - submit a detailed business plan and pitch your idea to the judges in the Dragon's Den.

It is not compulsory to enter the Challenge to utilise Audacious resources. You are welcome to attend workshops, speak to our business coaches and use the StartUP Space even if you don't enter the Challenge.

 

Who is it for?

Audacious is for students of all disciplines at the University of Otago and Otago Polytechnic - not just business students.

No matter what you study, if you are creative, energetic and keen to expand your horizons - Audacious could be perfect for you. If you are worried you lack business (or other) skills, don't let that put you off, we have students from all disciplines involved in the programme each year.

If you want to enter the Challenge, we will do our very best to help you find team-mates with the skills you need. To enter the Challenge individually, you must be a current University of Otago or Otago Polytechnic student. If you enter as a team, at least one member of your team must be a current student and that person must be the nominated Team Leader when submitting your ideas.

 

Categories

To organise the wide range of ideas submitted every year, and to compare apples with apples, Audacious is split into five categories.  It is not until Round Two that these categories become important in Round Two.

THINKING BIG

Don’t play safe, think long term. Bold ideas that are relatively untested and may have a long development phase, but could find worldwide success.

ACTING NOW

Get out there and make it happen. Ideas that are relatively straight forward, low risk and easy to bring to market.

DOING GOOD

Look after people and planet. Ideas that benefit society - for social entrepreneurs, not-for-profits, sustainable ventures and the like.

GETTING CREATIVE

Think outside the box. Ideas that are innovative in the design or marketing that is leading edge and provides a competitive advantage.

 

* Please note, after too few entries were received in Round One, the Māori Business category will not be continued for Round Two. Māori students and those with a Māori focused business idea are still encouraged to enter in one of the other four categories.

 

RULES

Read the Audacious Challenge rules 2014. Competitors must agree to these rules in the submission process. Entries can be submitted via the Challenge section of this website. Any questions regarding these rules should be directed to info@audacious.co.nz.

Audacious Challenge

Audacious Challenge

And that's a wrap!

The Supreme Winner of Audacious 2014 is...Thykk!

Thykk intends to transform yoghurt eaters’ experience throughout the Southern Hemisphere by producing an incomparable organic dairy product which has the capacity to become a health staple by providing a natural protein hit.

Thykk took home a prize package worth over $30,000!

View a full list of winners here

 

Judges

We are thrilled to have a diverse group of local business people from a range of different industries on the judging panel this year. Meet our judges.

 

ROUND TWO PRIZES

With the support of a range of local and national businesses, we have fantastic prize packages for the Supreme Winner, Runner Up, Category Winners and Highly Commended entries. These packages are designed to assist you in really getting your idea off the ground, whilst giving you some great local contacts to help you along the way.

 

ROUND TWO JUDGING CRITERIA

Download the judging criteria here.

 

Round One CHALLENGE - Top 20

Congratulations to our Top 20 winners - check out their prize-winning ideas!

Audacious celebrated the 20 best ideas with prize packages designed to help you to continue to develop your business idea. Check out the prizes on offer on our Programme page and a full list of prize sponsors on our Sponsors page.

CHALLENGE RESOURCES

Audacious Challenge Rules

Business Plan template

Need help? Contact our Business Coaches or Professor Melissa Baucus with your questions.

Showcase

Showcase

Winning ideas and those that became a reality

Events

Events

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The Startup Space
Cnr Leith Bank St and Forth St
Dunedin, New Zealand

03 479 5870
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Kate Turnbull

Kate Turnbull

Manager

The Startup Space
Cnr Leithbank and Forth Sts
Dunedin
03 479 5870
Kate.turnbull@otago.ac.nz
Kate is the first point of contact for anyone interested in Audacious, including current students and members of the business community.

The Startup Space
Cnr Leithbank and Forth Sts
Dunedin
03 479 5870
Kate.turnbull@otago.ac.nz
Kate is the first point of contact for anyone interested in Audacious, including current students and members of the business community.

Samuel Mann

Samuel Mann

Academic Leader, Otago Polytechnic

D block, room 205
03 479 6128
smann@op.ac.nz
Sam is the first point of contact for Otago Polytechnic staff that are considering integrating Audacious into an academic programme.

D block, room 205
03 479 6128
smann@op.ac.nz
Sam is the first point of contact for Otago Polytechnic staff that are considering integrating Audacious into an academic programme.

Melissa Baucus

Melissa Baucus

Academic Leader, University of Otago

Commerce Building, room 405
03 479 5322
melissa.baucus@otago.ac.nz
Melissa is the first point of contact for University of Otago staff that are considering integrating Audacious into an academic programme.

Commerce Building, room 405
03 479 5322
melissa.baucus@otago.ac.nz
Melissa is the first point of contact for University of Otago staff that are considering integrating Audacious into an academic programme.