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Idea Bootcamp

Interested in entrepreneurship but don’t have a venture idea? Want to learn how to come up with and develop ideas? Or do you have an idea, but need some help to bring it to life?

Use the inter-semester break to put your ideas through their paces. Idea Bootcamp is fast, furious and fun!

Strengthen your ideation and validation skills and give entrepreneurship a go.

Applications for Idea Bootcamp 2019 have now closed. Sign up to our mailing lists to receive updates.

About Idea Bootcamp

Unleash your potential with the Idea Bootcamp programme. We will help you to strengthen ideas for ventures and push them to the next level. We provide you with the inspiration, environment, frameworks, advisors, workshops, desk space and motivation!

No experience is necessary – we are looking for passionate people with an enthusiasm for entrepreneurship who want to give it a go. Idea Bootcamp will help you pursue your passions whether you are keen to pursue a social or commercial venture. Join as an individual with or without an idea and finish Idea Bootcamp as part of a team with a strong idea to take forward. There is also a prize pool of $2,000 for teams with the strongest ideas.

Want to know how others have found it? Check out our news articles and blogs about our previous years (note, Idea Bootcamp used to be called Ideate! Validate!)

Blog: Idea Bootcamp 2018
Blog: Idea Bootcamp 2017
Idea Bootcamp 2017 – Unleashing awe-inspiring potential


Who is it designed for?

Students and staff from all faculties

All University of Auckland faculties, disciplines and levels. From creatives to technologists, scientists to business students, we welcome you all.

People curious about entrepreneurship

Develop ideation skills and turn them into opportunities. Experience how to create ideas through our interactive workshops. Learn how to develop them into opportunities.

People wanting to make an impact

Take the first step on your entrepreneurial journey! Join us to learn how to ensure ideas will be successful, and develop your skills on how to start a venture.

Programme structure


Phase 1: Ideation and validation

The first part of this highly interactive and fast paced programme is all about creating and validating ideas. Experts will share with you how ideas are created. Then you get to come up with your own ideas. At the end of this phase, teams will be formed around the ideas that you are most excited by. Then it’s time to test and develop these ideas.

Phase 2: Velocity

Following Idea Bootcamp we will encourage you to participate in the Velocity entrepreneurship programme. Getting involved in Velocity will give you the momentum and knowledge to grow your idea even further through workshops, seminars and other opportunities on offer through the Velocity community. In past years many of our Idea Bootcamp participants made the finals of their headline event, the Velocity $100k Challenge.


Advisors, workshops and resources

Developing an idea and testing it can be challenging. We want to help you develop as entrepreneurs. You will receive access to advisers and other experts. Throughout the programme there will be workshops and events to inspire you, giving you frameworks and tools you can apply immediately. We will work with you to ensure you make the most of this experience.


Make the most of Unleash Space!

Idea Bootcamp is hosted by the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and will take place at Unleash Space; the University’s inspirational innovation and entrepreneurship hub.

Unleash Space includes a state-of-the-art Create and Maker Space to create, experiment and rapid prototype your ideas. The space is completed with collaboration and event spaces, meeting rooms and break out areas.

In order to ensure that you can get the most out of the exciting tools, technology and machinery in the Create and Maker Space we require all Idea Bootcamp participants to gain access before the programme.

Gaining access to the Create and Maker Space is easy:

  1. Read the Code of Conduct
  2. Take the online quiz – you require 13/15 to pass
  3. Book and attend a 45 minute Orientation session.

Find out more information here.


Build your networks

Networks are an essential support for any business. You will meet people in the Auckland entrepreneurial ecosystem, be inspired by what they have achieved, and get the opportunity to learn from them.


Timing and commitment

Idea Bootcamp will run from 1-5 July 2019. There will be a 30 hour commitment over the course of the week.



Applications for Idea Bootcamp 2019 have now closed. Sign up to our mailing lists to receive updates.


Become a mentor or judge

We are on the lookout for a team of advisers to help develop our students into entrepreneurs. Specifically, we need volunteers from the entrepreneurial and business communities to give their time to help students with the customer validation process. These advisers will open their networks to students and provide ideas and advice around validating business ideas. These advisers will be available for a one-hour session over the Idea Bootcamp programme.

If you are interested in becoming an advisor or judge, please get in touch.


09 923 4526