The Big Idea (for Bachelor of Business students)

The Big Idea is a program for Bachelor of Business students (enrolled in the unit BPD3100 Applied Business Challenges), allowing them to showcase their entrepreneurial skills by developing a business plan and competing with other universities for a chance to make their idea come to life.

What is '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 through their business planning process, The Big Idea provides a series of learning resources, including online webinars with leading Australian thought leaders and social enterprise practitioners, as well as a series of suggested readings.

2017 competition

This year's VU heat is set to take place in October, with the semi-finals via webinar in November and finals in December.

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2016 winners

The 2016 VU heat winner was Multicultural Food Truck, a social enterprise aiming to employ refugees in the Dandenong region and providing 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.