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Learners from Otago Polytechnic showcased incredible ideas at an Audacious event on Wednesday 2 June.

Joined by University of Otago students, they explored and refined ideas to solve problems in the community. They developed businesses, social enterprises and not-for-profit startup projects. The finalists pitched proposals from food waste management to game development.

Some startup ideas include:

  • Re-shined Roots: Crackers from upcycled vegetables.
  • Squirm: Different ways to make compost accessible to students.
  • Ruby + Pearl: Plant-based bubble tea.
  • MaltedGold: Unsweetened barley and oak milk.
  • O Biz by besocialbella: Educational content on social media.
  • Ngāti games: Learn Te Reo Māori while gaming

Katie Mangai, our Fashion Design student, developed LUNI: a subscription box service for maternity clothing. She was inspired by the many pregnant women who experienced the challenge of maintaining their sense of self with clothing that reflects who they are and fits them right. The service's purpose is to increase their confidence while they experience their unique journeys.

Katie received the Firebrand Transformational Package after pitching this bold idea, which includes marketing communications and website development services. 

In addition, Dion Bedford, a Bachelor of Information Technology student, was among the finalists with a mental health app designed to avoid student burnout. Both courageous students were amazed by the Audacious programme by Startup Dunedin, and grateful for their lecturer's support, who accompanied them during the event.

What's Audacious?

Audacious is a free programme for Otago Polytechnic and University of Otago students that builds entrepreneurial skills and confidence to turn ideas into reality. Students will learn techniques, tools, and methodologies to start businesses and solve problems during the semester. No experience is required, and there are some fantastic prizes (over $10,000 worth!!) up for grabs!

The next cohort starts in Semester 2, 2021, and we encourage all OP students to apply and explore ideas to make a better world.

For more information visit Audacious website. 


Published on 3 Jun 2021

Orderdate: 3 Jun 2021
Expiry: 3 Jun 2023