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Startup Ideas Competition hosted by Wild Futures


Wild Futures is giving teams a great opportunity to pitch and cultivate ambitious concepts. This startup ideas competition is hosted by Blackbird, in partnership with AWS: an opportunity like no other in New Zealand or Australia.

If you are enrolled at the Australian or New Zealand university and have wild and innovative ideas Wild Futures is looking for, this grant is for you!

Wild Futures – Startup Ideas Competition

Sponsoring Agency: Wild Futures

Type of Fund: Competition

Deadline: January 17, 2022


At Blackbird, they believe world-changing ideas lie dormant in Australia and New Zealand’s universities, so apply with your boldest idea, from scientific to software, and have it reviewed by Blackbird’s investment team and a small group of incredible founders and academics. Team members can be anyone, provided the team leader is a student enrolled at an Australian or New Zealand university.

Shortlisted teams will participate in an eight-week whirlwind mentorship and development program with Blackbird’s investment team and founders, culminating in the demo day to end all demo days.

The winning team has the opportunity to pitch their startup at Sunrise, Australia’s premier startup festival. Previous guest speakers have included Melanie Perkins and Mike Cannon-Brookes, so you’d be in good company. There’s also a cheeky 15k cash prize.


  • An eight-week whirlwind mentorship and development program
  • 15k cash prize

Eligibility Criteria

The only rules are:

  1. Team leaders (min. 1 per team) must be currently enrolled at an Australian or New Zealand university. You can be a domestic or international student, undergraduate or postgraduate, full-or part-time—just make sure you’re enrolled;
  2. If selected, your team must commit to participating in the full eight-week program.

For more information, visit here.


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