The Big Idea program allows Bachelor of Business students (enrolled in the unit BPD3100 Applied Business Challenge) to showcase their entrepreneurial skills by developing a business plan and competing with other universities for a chance to bring their idea to life.

About The Big Idea

The Big Idea is coordinated by The Big Issue, Australia's longest standing and most significant social enterprise. VU business students have the opportunity to set themselves apart from their peers by coming up with a concept for a social enterprise that could become the next Big Issue.

Only Applied Business Challenges students can participate, and all their work will count towards their final grade for that unit.

To support students, The Big Idea provides learning resources, including online webinars with Australian thought leaders and social enterprise practitioners, as well as a series of suggested readings.

Past winners


The 2016 VU heat winner was Multicultural Food Truck, a social enterprise aiming to employ refugees in the Dandenong region and provide them with hospitality training and on-the-job experience. This team represented VU at the Big Idea competition final.

The VU People's Choice Award went to Silver Lining, a tourism social enterprise providing guided walking tours around Melbourne CBD headed by homeless people who share their story and perspective of the city.