Audacious offers a broad programme of events throughout the year, designed to support, inspire and test startup entrepreneurs and their ideas.



How It Works

The Audacious Programme has a different strands to it, of which the most well known is the Audacious Business Challenge.  But you do not have to enter into the Challenge to gain business know-how, and advance your entrepreneurial curiosity.  For example, join Audacious to learn about the foundational steps for a business start up; meet Dunedin business people and seek advice and mentoring for your business idea, or get involved with some industry 'reverse pitching'.   Outside all the events, you have access to the Startup Space/Distiller right on Campus (a place to meet and mingle with others in business or starting up, to study, or hold your own workshops). See The Distiller for more information.

Strand 1: Workshops

Workshops with Audacious are designed to help you with the development of your business idea. Workshops are group sessions, presented by business people. Bring all your questions along about that evening's topic and have them answered by our experts. Audacious provides you plenty of opportunities to get to know some fantastic local business people and these workshops are the perfect opportunity to network, share ideas, challenge your thinking, and provide input to others' ideas. Don't miss them!

Strand 2: Reverse Pitching

Established businesses have problems to deal with all the time - here's where you can help by applying the theory you have learned in class, your experience and knowledge, or, your own audacious, bold, challenging, innovative and creative ideas!

We will find some willing local businesses, who will pitch their 'problem' to you, and you come up with solution (a realistic solution).

This is a great way to connect with a business, and possibly create an ongoing career opportunity for yourself.  Or at least, contribute to another business's success.  What goes around, comes around...and you too may need this help in future.

Strand 3: Business Coaching

Want to talk through your idea with someone one-on-one?

One of the Audacious team members will set up times at the Distiller, or students can organise appointments direct with an Audacious nominated business mentor.

Semester 1 and Semester 2 (with Audacious team member)

  • 2018 dates to be advised

You are welcome to contact Thomas (Co-Manager, Audacious) at and make a time to call in to the office.

Strand 4: The Audacious Business Challenge

This is where the rubber hits the road.  You have an idea, you have developed it in Semester 1, you have written up a business plan, and you have further  developed it through the workshops and interaction in Semester 2 with the business community, University and Polytechnic experts,

Now, you get to pitch your idea to a Taniwha Den and submit a more detailed business plan - and be up to win some awesome business resources and support from the Audacious community. 

 Round One Workshop Dates, 2018  (tentative programme)

Tuesdays 5pm.  Venue: tba or at The Distiller

Dates (to be confirmed)


Topics  (subject to change)

20 March

Workshop 1

How to find an idea/ Building a team/ Lean canvas /Startup Weekend overview

27 March

Workshop 2

Value proposition/  Business Model

24 April

Workshop 3

Competitor analysis/ market validation

8 May

Workshop 4

Business Plan Development

Round One Event Night

Date to be advised.

Round Two Workshop Dates

Tuesdays 5pm.  Venue: tba or at The Distiller

Date (to be confirmed)


Topic (subject to change)

17 July

Workshop 1

Lean canvas/ Value proposition/ Market validation

24 July

Workshop 2

Finance basics/ Legal / Taxes

7 August

Workshop 3

Branding/ Sales and pitching/ Competitor analysis

21 August

Workshop 4

Business Pitching, Business Plan Development

Round Two Taniwha Den - Business Pitching Challenge

18 September (to be confirmed)

Round Two Awards Night

Date to be advised.

Look forward to seeing you in 2018!