Ryoko de Burgh-Hirabe plays the drums during the launch of this year's Audacious business challenge. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
A Maori business category has been added to this year's
Audacious business challenge.
To mark the addition, a kapa haka group from King's and
Queen's High Schools performed at the challenge's launch at
the Hunter Centre on Thursday night, attended by about 200
The year-long student start-up challenge is jointly supported
by the University of Otago, Otago Polytechnic and the Dunedin
The new category was for Maori students and any student with
a Maori-focused idea, Audacious co-ordinator Kate Turnbull
Mentors would be allocated to the top teams at the end of
round one and she hoped members of the Maori business
community would get involved.
The other categories were Doing Good, which was about social
entrepreneurship; Acting Now, an idea that could be brought
to market quickly; Thinking Big, a big idea that could take
some time to come to fruition; and Getting Creative, ideas
with a competitive advantage through superior design.
An on-campus start-up ''space'' was also planned for this
year, where anyone interested in start-ups, not just
students, could gather.
Ms Turnbull, who would be based there, said it was hoped to
be up and running by the time business ideas were submitted
in early May.
First-round awards would be held later that month. The second
round would involve students submitting a business plan and
then pitching their concept in a Dragons' Den scenario. The
final awards would be held in September.