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.

The 2018 Semester 1 Launch, 13 March at 6 PM at Te Wao Nui, Otago Business School

The 2018 Audacious Launch was a success.  80 students, Academics and Dunedin Business people joined us for this interactive session launching the 2018 season.

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.

Strand 2: 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 Peter (Co-Manager, Audacious) at and make a time to call in to the office.

Strand 3: The Audacious Business Challenge

This is where the rubber hits the road.  You have an idea, you have developed it through the workshops, you have written up a business plan, and you have further  developed it through interaction 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 2 Launch Evening

 August 1st - Commerce Building - 5.30-7 PM.


Round Two Workshops 2018

Wednesday 5.30pm.  Venue: G.02 Commerce Building, University of Otago  - 5.30-7.30PM


Round Two Awards Night

26th September venue: Te Wao Nui Otago University School of Business - 5-7PM.