Student competitions

NZ Startup Bootcamp

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.

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.

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CFA Institute Research Challenge

Finance students - CFA Institute Research Challenge

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 are innovative, profitable and socially responsible.

If you'd like to give it a shot, apply here. You must be enrolled at university as a part-time or full-time student at the time of your application.

Each national competition winner will receive an all-expenses paid trip to compete in the GSEA Global Finals, where more than 50 of the world's best student entrepreneurs will battle it out to win a first prize of US$25,000 in cash!

The total value of all prizes, gifts and services is nearly half a million dollars.