2017 Audacious Winners

This year has been a roller-coaster ending on a high with a successful Audacious Challenge Awards Evening 19th September 2017 at the HUB, Otago Polytechnic.

Posted: Monday October 16, 2017

The Audacious Challenge Awards, Semester2, 2017

Semester 2 of the Audacious Challenge ran July - September and comprised business workshops and Business Coaching sessions, concluding with  the students pitching to a Dragon’s Den. The Audacious Challenge Awards Evening brought together Dunedin's business and academic community and the student cohort. 

Posted: Sunday October 15, 2017

Dragon's Den 2017: Puna Kawa, Otago Polytechnic

Posted: Thursday September 14, 2017

WORKSHOP 3 - 15 AUGUST 2017 - H603 OP.

A high caliber of women were the guest speakers for Workshop 3. Julie Curphey handled Branding, Bex Twemlow, Sales & Pitching and Sophie Barker, Competitor Analysis.

Posted: Wednesday August 16, 2017

Workshop 2 - 8 August 2017 at H603, Otago Polytechnic

The second workshop had Finance, Legal and Taxes as topics which were covered by Conrad Anderson, Bill Munro and David Ehlers respectively.

Posted: Wednesday August 9, 2017

WORKSHOP 1 : Lean Business Model Canvas

A recap and introduction to the world's leading BMC

Posted: Friday August 4, 2017

Audacious Launch, The Hub, 18 July 2017

The second term of Audacious kicked off with more than 65 students joining in for the Launch at the Hub on the 18th July 2017.

Posted: Tuesday July 25, 2017

Logan Elliott - Audacious 2010 Winner - Highly Flammable.

While studying for a Master of Entrepreneurship, Logan realised in 2010 that his idea could become a viable business. The result: Highly Flammable...

Posted: Thursday July 20, 2017

Logan Elliott : a true entrepreneur!

When Logan is asked for one thing that describes his deepest passion; it is ‘enabling epic entrepreneurship. Logan defines epic entrepreneurship as combining passion, creativity, adventure & location independence to create incredible businesses.

Posted: Friday July 7, 2017

Winner 2012: RYAN EVERTON

Ryan Everton won the Audacious 2012 Challenge with his good idea, but since then his reuse and recycle business has taken off here and overseas.

Posted: Wednesday July 5, 2017

Jason Leong - Audacious 2006 - PocketSmith !

PocketSmith began with the idea that a calendar and event-based approach would be a powerful paradigm for communicating and managing financial information.

Posted: Tuesday July 4, 2017

Craig Smith - Audacious 2007 Winner - Education Perfect.

Education Perfect re-branded from Language Perfect at the end of 2013 and business has doubled every year.

Posted: Tuesday July 4, 2017

Anna Gunther - Audacious 2012 - PledgeMe

In 2011, Anna Guenther saw how Kickstarter, a US-based crowdfunding platform, helped fund projects that fell outside normal funding systems. And it's while studying for a Master of Entrepreneurship at Otago University, that she saw the opportunity to introduce New Zealand to a supportive and inclusive funding platform.

Posted: Tuesday July 4, 2017


What is the most exciting technology emerging in the energy sector? 

Posted: Monday July 3, 2017

Dr Kim Chilman-Blair, First Audacious Winner 2006!

 Kim won the first Audacious Challenge in 2006 with Medikidz - a business idea that went on to earn support from Warehouse founder Stephen Tindall, and has since gone global.

Posted: Friday June 30, 2017

There is nothing like entering the Audacious Challenge to help pinpoint and articulate what you are trying to achieve.

So says Annabelle Molloy, whose babysitting service initially did not make the top 40 in the 2012 Challenge, then made it in to the top 15 proposals after she refined her pitch, successfully persuading the judges about her business idea.

Posted: Monday June 12, 2017

Know your market, and research your consumers.

Paul Allen, who is moving on after five years as the Audacious coach, says if there’s one thing that business set-ups need to understand more than anything else, it’s to recognise what the potential customer needs.

Posted: Monday June 12, 2017

Round One Winners

Exciting new business ideas from our students.

Posted: Friday June 2, 2017

Audacious 2016 winners

Sam Beattie and Henry Fitz-Gerald are keen for New Zealanders to get Sorted.

Posted: Tuesday December 20, 2016

2016 Second Place

Health and safety is an increasingly important issue for the building industry, in New Zealand and overseas, but construction workers need all the help they can get to manage their responsibilities.

Posted: Monday December 19, 2016