Student competitions

NZ Startup Bootcamp

Innes48 winners

Got a great business idea?

NZ Startup Bootcamp (formerly known as Innes48) is the largest business start-up competition in New Zealand, with the opportunity for teams to win up to $15,000 cash.

The bootcamp will take place 17-19 May 2019.

It's a chance for you to test your entrepreneurial skills, validate a business idea, or get feedback and exposure on a startup you're building from talented mentors and business legends.

Those teams shortlisted for the heats are given just 48 hours to innovate and create a business from scratch. They hear from inspirational speakers about their success, failures and learnings as an entrepreneur.

The top six teams chosen for the finals will then pitch their newly created business to a panel of judges and a public audience. The judges will select a winner in each of the following categories:

  • Most viable business
  • Most innovative
  • Best pitch

The competition provides participants with a platform to connect with like-minded individuals, learn business fundamentals, execute their ideas rapidly, and meet experienced mentors.

Waikato Management School strongly encourages its students to register and get involved in the competition.

Registrations of interest are open now and applications for a team spot will open on 18 March.

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Global Student Entrepreneur Awards

Are you a young entrepreneur under 35 with a strong knowledge of business theory and practice? Have you owned and operated your own start-up business or not-for-profit for at least six months while attending university, and earned at least $500 revenue?

If so, then you're eligible to enter the annual Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA), which aim to bring global visibility to student business owners whose companies adhere to high ethical standards, are innovative, profitable and socially responsible.

If you'd like to give it a shot, applications close on 31 January 2018. You must be enrolled at university as a part-time or full-time student at the time of application.

The New Zealand national competition is set to be held in Auckland on 9 February 2018, hosted by the local chapter of the worldwide Entrepreneurs’ Organization.

This event will serve as a qualifying round for the GSEA Finals, to be held in Toronto, Canada, 14-17 April 2018. The New Zealand national winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize, plus $1,000 to attend a conference and meet high-profile members of Entrepreneurs Organisation members.

The New Zealand winner will also receive an all-expenses paid trip to Toronto to compete in the GSEA Finals, where more than 50 of the world’s best student entrepreneurs from more than 50 countries will compete for a first prize of US$20,000 in cash.

Second place will receive US$10,000 and third place will receive US$5,000.