Here’s the Big Idea. Have you got the next one?

20 June 2014

Big Issue seller with the magazine

Deakin University is proud to be a sponsor of the Big Idea competition in association with the Big Issue.

The Big Idea competition is a money-can't-buy calendar of opportunities that will give you unprecedented access to experts in the field and influential Australians, whose guidance, advice and direction will ensure students are well placed to develop their ideas into business plans for viable social enterprise.

Combining a series of insightful lectures, workshops and online seminars delivered by some of Australia's most influential and inspiring leaders, the Big Idea competition provides an opportunity for students to learn about the case for social enterprise in Australia. Learn from experts working in the field and hear first-hand from those whose lives have been positively affected by working with a social enterprise.

The Big Idea competition will conclude in December 2014 at the Judging Day when finalist students are invited to pitch their idea to an impressive judging panel and attend a fully catered for Awards Event where the Big Idea winner will be announced.

A Big Issue seller with comedian Hamish BlakeWhat's the Big Win?

Not only will each member of the winning team receive an Apple iPad Air, plus other prizes, finalists will network with influential Australian 'Thought' Leaders, and experts across a variety of business sectors.

The winning Deakin team will go head to head against winners from other Australian universities, including Monash, the University of Melbourne and La Trobe.
Students could see their winning entry go on to be launched nationally and delivered by The Big Issue!

Who's eligible to participate?

The competition is open to all Deakin undergraduate students. Students from all campuses and study modes are invited to participate. Cross-discipline teams are encouraged to apply. You may register as either an individual or as a team (maximum 5 members). Students must have an active enrolment in Trimester 2 in order to compete.

Can this be part of your course?

Yes! Students participating  in The Big Idea 2014 competition may be eligible for credit toward their degree, by applying to enrol in MIS393 Team Based Learning*, a 1 credit point elective from the Faculty of Business and Law

*To be eligible for MIS393 – Team Based Learning you must have completed least 7 credit points in your course. Please check with your Faculty Student Advisor prior to applying for MIS393. If you wish to compete as a team, all team members must be eligible to (and agree to) enrol in the unit MIS393.

Students ineligible to apply for MIS393 may still apply for the Big Idea.

Important dates

The competition will be run over the Trimester 2 academic period (July to November). Deakin University's judging date is Thursday 30 November 2014.

For more information please visit The Big Idea website or contact your Deakin representative.

Applications are now closed.

Kitty Fan, Tel:  03 9244 4519

Karen McRae, Tel: 03 93244 5133

Email bigidea@deakin.edu.au

Download The Big Idea poster. (2.8MB PDF)

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