entré competitions

student entrepreneurs in front of UCE signs

Entré hosts a series of competitions to develop and encourage an entrepreneurial spirit among students, to encourage innovation and creativity, and to get students thinking about the basic elements of business development.

We host two major competitions throughout the year: the Napkin Challenge and the $85K Start Up Challenge.

In the Napkin Challenge, students write ideas on napkins and have the chance to win prizes for coming up with ideas that are innovative, plausible, beneficial to students and funny. In our premier competition, the $85K Start Up Challenge, $85K worth of prizes are up for grabs. Entrants develop a product or business idea, and receive business world experience and guidance, and mentoring from industry professionals.

$85K Start Up Challenge

The $85K Start-Up Challenge is our premier competition in which $85K worth of prizes are up for grabs. Entrants go through the process of developing a business idea, whether it be a product or service, for-profit or a charity, and receive business world experience as well as invaluable guidance and mentoring from industry professionals. 

The $85k competition is for everyone and anyone. No matter what you study or how much experience you have in entrepreneurship, this competition will help you develop your personal and professional skills in more ways than you can imagine! You will meet likeminded students, inspiring business professionals, knowledgeable mentors and be supported by our awesome entré executive team.

This competition is an intensive development programme and runs over a 6-month time period. You can enter as an individual or as a team.

Applications for our 2017 competition open on the 8th of May 2017 and close on the 5th of June 2017.

The first round of the competition involves an application form which is used to select the top 20 entrants. These top 20 teams will then be required to attend 3 workshops and a pitching practice which will help prepare them for the next stage - a pitch and interview with a panel of judges.

The results of round 2 will be announced at our Qualifiers evening and will determine the top 10 which will then go on to develop their business over the course of the programme. This process will include social opportunities for the top 10 teams to network with each other, a 3-day incubator, various workshops, mentoring, pitch practices and more!

The top 11 teams for 2017 have been announced and are:

  • AMP Solutions - Charan Ashokraj 
  • Biome - Logan Williams, Fiona Ambler, Matthew Hurley
  • Eden Orchards - Jacob Bignell
  • Jekka - Jessica Langtry
  • Primal Future - Todd Selak
  • Streetseen - Rafaela Bolanos, Tobin Bain-Hogg
  • Talk Me Through - Averill Williamson
  • TalkTown - Zoe Haws
  • The Monthly Co - Isabelle Smith & Josie Milton
  • Transition Navigators - Robyn Johnston
  • Nextgig - Matthew Williamson, James Watson

Want to know more about the competition before you enter? Feel free to email our $85k Start-up Challenge Manager Victoria at 85k@entre.co.nz or drop into the UC Centre for Entrepreneurship located on the first floor of the Forestry building.

Napkin Challenge

The Napkin Challenge is a competition in which students write ideas on napkins and have the chance to win prizes for coming up with awesome ideas.

There are five winners - one for each of the following categories:

  • Overall Winner
  • Most Innovative
  • Best App
  • Most Beneficial to Students
  • Most Practical

Thanks to everyone who entered this year's Napkin Challenge! There were some brilliant ideas and the judges had a hard time picking the winners. Congratulations to all of the winners!

  • Overall Winner: Interactive Petrol Map by Josie Milton
  • Best App idea: Eating impact on world by Mikayla Haycock
  • Funniest: Pet Dating App by Shakila Saroni
  • Most Beneficial to Students: Student Eats by Jarred Durling
  • Most Practical: Computer availability App by Chris Visagie

Please contact Competitions Manager, Laura Waller, on email: competitionsmanager@entre.co.nz