The Velocity Programme


Take your venture to the world and win a share of $100,000


Get inspired with free talks from innovators and entrepreneurs


Enter your idea and be in to win $1,000


1 day start-up workshop providing knowledge and tools to help craft your idea into a successful venture

Ventures Ignited

Jobs Created

Million in Capital Raised

From the Newsroom

2022 IC Winners

2022 Velocity Innovation Challenge winners revealed

The Velocity Innovation Challenge winners were revealed at a prize giving event, with each receiving part of a $20,000 prize pool. Though the ideas entered varied wildly, ranging from brain surgery innovations to vegan manuka honey, to how parents can gamify toothbrushing, all showcased a University of Auckland community striving to somehow make the world a better place and the diversity of entrepreneurial thinking occurring in all parts of the University.

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Meet the 2022 CEO of Velocity

Velocity is the University of Auckland’s flagship student-led entrepreneurial development programme delivered through the Business School’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Leading Velocity this year as CEO is Nandini Singh, a third-year Bachelor of Commerce student majoring in Finance and Economics. Nandini is in her second year of Velocity having previously held the role of Events Co-lead.

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Wayve raises $200m in investment towards next-generation autonomous vehicles

Wayve are an autonomous mobility start-up who have pioneered a new machine learning approach to AV. Their innovative approach has won the confidence of investors such as Microsoft and Virgin, with their latest Series B round generating over $200 million in investment.

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A special thanks to our sponsors


The University of Auckland Business School is proud to be a founding partner of Velocity and to provide on-going support through the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the delivery of the Velocity programme. This support is provided in recognition of Velocity’s role in assisting The University of Auckland in its transformation to become a key driver of economic growth of the region and indeed the nation; thereby driving the conversion of New Zealand into a high-value, knowledge-based economy. On this occasion, the Business School would like to salute Velocity for the great contribution it has made to so many students and staff as well as the University and the business community at large.


Auckland UniServices is the commercialisation arm of the University of Auckland. UniServices sees its role as sponsor of the Velocity competition as a natural extension of the pathway for University ideas to ultimately create real opportunities for investment. UniServices owns, protects and manages all the intellectual property which arises out of the academic research in the University of Auckland, and as the steward of this intellectual property we use our commercial management capabilities to take ideas to investors.


Momentum is a national student-led investment committee program which provides access to world class advice, connections, and investment opportunities to students and start-ups across New Zealand.

Our services include connecting technology and project teams with strategic management, top-tier advice and efficient access to capital.

We believe today’s students have the passion and urgency to innovate in ways that will positively impact on their own and future generations.


“Business isn’t a strategy of chance. It’s about taking calculated risks, risks that make a difference. It’s our job to know what you have got and how to leverage it. Hudson Gavin Martin will help you establish intellectual property, exploit intellectual property and secure the appropriate rights to intellectual property. Hudson Gavin Martin will help you find where the value is by understanding the opportunities presented by that intellectual property and how it could be part of your business. Because it’s what the idea is, and how it fits that matters.” For further information, please visit their website.


Bold ideas. Big dreams. We’ll invest in that.
Established in 2002 by the New Zealand Government, New Zealand Growth Capital Partners (NZGCP) invests in early stage Kiwi companies with high-growth potential. They aim to develop and foster a vibrant and self-sustaining New Zealand early-stage ecosystem, primarily through their investment vehicles, the Aspire Fund and Elevate Fund. A number of past Velocity participants and ventures have gone on to be supported by NZGCP.

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