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Pitch a big idea for social good

Expressions of interest are open for The Big Issue’s national university competition, The Big Idea.

Run by one of Australia’s most well-known social enterprises, The Big Issue, The Big Idea encourages teams from universities across the country compete against each other by developing a concept and business plan. Competition submissions must be for a social enterprise or business that tackles an area of disadvantage.

Winners in last year’s competition included an accessories label that employs refugee women, a business that uses 3D printing to create custom wheelchair tables and an initiative to preserve Indigenous culture. A team from Victoria University made it to the finals with their idea for a social enterprise that grows industrial hemp near Mildura, providing work opportunities to disadvantaged local Indigenous youth.

Commenting on last year’s competition, The Big Issue CEO Steven Persson said, “The Big Idea is an opportunity to educate and engage the next generation of social entrepreneurs. Throughout the competition we’ve been impressed not only by the calibre of ideas, but by the passion students have for delivering positive social outcomes.”

The College of Business is looking for teams of up to six students to enter this year’s competition. Only students studying BPD3100 Applied Business Challenge in Semester 2, 2018 are eligible.

To register your interest or ask a question email Maria De Sensi with the following information:

  • Full name
  • Student ID
  • Campus where you will be studying unit BPD3100
  • Phone number.

Expressions of interest close at 5.00pm Friday 13 July.

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