Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The University of Auckland has been identified as one of the world’s leading entrepreneurial universities and the most innovative university in New Zealand. We are committed to developing entrepreneurial-minded students and graduates in an innovative environment.


Velocity is the University of Auckland’s globally renowned entrepreneurship programme. It is student-led, supported by the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and runs year-round seminars, workshops and challenges

Velocity’s $100k challenge encourages those with a business or social enterprise idea to test its potential. Shortlisted entrants win a place in the Velocity Launch Pad Programme, where they receive mentoring and workshops. Finalists compete in the $100k Velocity Grand Final for seed-capital and support in growing their venture. Postgraduates Brad Skelton and Will McKay won the $100k Challenge in 2019, and are now well on their way to building a world-class venture.

Velocity has launched more than 130 ventures and these ventures have attracted more than $288 million in investment.

Find out more about Velocity here.

Unleash Space: innovation hub and maker space

Unleash Space is the University’s state-of-the-art innovation hub and maker space. Membership is free for all students and staff at the University. It offers workshops, equipment and seminars to inspire and motivate and help you develop your entrepreneurial capability. Create what you imagine, design for today and prototype for tomorrow. The space houses 3D printers, a laser cutter, CNC router, electronics, vacuum former, sewing machines, art and craft supplies and other tools and machinery.  

Find out more about Unleash Space here.

More funding and support to bring your ambitions to life

Our colleagues at UniServices offer a range of opportunities for postgraduate students to explore the potential to commercialise their research, including:

  • Commericialisation workshops that introduce you to the concepts of entrepreneurship, intellectual property and commercialisation 
  • Potential investment into new start-ups via the evergreen $20 million University of Auckland Inventors’ Fund 
  • Four Return on Science investment committees, and the student-led Momentum programme, provide support to founders and inventors.

Find out more about UniServices here.

Be inspired by some of our innovative postgraduate students