Win a grand for your Grand Idea.

Have you got a great idea that could change the world? You could win $1,000 to help make it a reality. 

The Grand Idea competition is for Massey University students, extra mural students, and faculty/staff who have a great idea for a commercial or social enterprise. All ideas are welcome; no business plan is required.

Key dates

  • 22 June: applications open

  • 5 July: applications close

  • 8 July – 10 July: Video interviews with finalists

  • 12 July: Winner announced


What do I have to do?
Explain your idea using the simple online application form. You may enter as individuals or in teams, but all contestants must be a current Massey University student or faculty member

Judging process and prize
The 5 top rated ideas will be invited to a video interview. A panel of judges will review the recorded video interviews and select an overall winner. The overall winner will receive $1,000 to help turn their idea into reality.

All participants will receive free access to an online course for entrepreneurs and innovators valued at $1,800.

What are judges looking for?
Judges will assess applications on the following criteria:

  • Originality and innovation of the idea

  • Feasibility of the idea

  • Impact the idea will have on the target market/community

Who is eligible to enter?
Undergraduate and post graduate students, extra mural students, and faculty/staff of Massey University are all eligible and strongly encouraged to participate.

How can I be assured that my idea is safe?
The Grand Idea competition honours the confidentiality of all ideas. Submissions will not be released or copied for any purposes other than use in the Grand Idea competition. The judges also recognise the confidentiality of the materials being presented.

Terms and conditions

  • One cash prize of $1,000 will be awarded to the entrepreneur or team of the winning idea chosen by the judging panel. The cash will be transferred electronically to a nominated bank account.

  • No correspondence will be entered into and the panel decision is final.

  • In the event of a draw between two winners the prize money will be equally shared between the two.

  • The prize money is to be spent on progressing the business idea and the winner will be expected to propose how they intend to spend the money before the cash is transferred.

  • The winner is responsible for ensuring they comply with any tax issues resulting from the cash prize.

  • The ecentre Limited is not liable for any actions taken by the business.

  • The ecentre reserves the right to publicise non confidential information about the winning business for the purposes of its PR.