Business School


Entrepreneurs' Challenge

The Entrepreneurs' Challenge recognises that new initiatives are resource intensive and can be prohibitively expensive for many SMEs. It seeks to help high potential SMEs successfully execute initiatives that will ultimately create opportunity and prosperity for all New Zealanders.

A generous three-million dollar foundation gift from New Zealand philanthropist and businessman, Charles Bidwill, enabled the launch of the University of Auckland Business School Entrepreneurs' Challenge in 2009.

The Challenge provides assistance to selected high potential New Zealand SMEs, including:

  • Funding.
  • Mentoring by successful entrepreneurs and business executives.
  • Access to the Entrepreneurs' Challenge's partners and networks.
  • Priority consideration in the Business School’s internship.
  • Consulting.
  • Experiential learning programmes.
  • Profile building opportunities.

Up to one million dollars will be made available for investment each year.

Charles Bidwill's extraordinary gift will directly support some of New Zealand's highest potential SMEs and will indirectly inspire thousands of others. It is an exciting initiative that complements the spirit of enterprise and innovation already in place at the University of Auckland Business School.

For more information about past Challenge winners and critical dates for forthcoming events:

Visit the Entrepreneurs' Challenge website