The Big Idea

Got the Idea to develop the new social enterprise?

Now in its sixth year, Deakin University is excited once again, to be apart of the Big Idea competition in association with The Big Issue.

A social enterprise planning competition between university students around the country, the Big Idea competition invites students to develop a concept and business plan that might become the next 'Big Issue', and potentially change the lives of thousands of disadvantaged Australians around the country.

Competitors will have unprecedented access to a series of lectures, workshops and online seminars, delivered by some of Australia's most influential leaders.

This combination of comprehensive guidance, advice and direction will ensure you are well placed to develop your big ideas into brilliant business plans tailored towards viable social enterprise.

Australia's longest standing and most significant social enterprise, The Big Issue is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that develops solutions to help homeless, marginalised and disadvantaged people to positively change their lives. So, if you're passionate about social enterprise, there's no better place to start than signing up for the Big Idea competition!

What's in it for you?

The Big Idea is more than just a competition. Aside from being in the running to win a professional immersion day at The Big Issue’s Head Office and PwC Australia’s office in Melbourne (flights and accommodation if the winning team is not in Melbourne), you will have the opportunity to network with some of Australia's most influential thought leaders and experts across a number of fields encompassing social enterprise. Every member of the winning team will also win an iPad.

Who's eligible to participate?

The competition is open to all Deakin 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 6 members). Participating students must have an active enrolment in Trimester 2.

Registration options available:

  • Individual undertaking a WIL unit for credit towards a course
  • Team - all members undertaking a WIL unit for credit towards a course

The following is not permitted in team registrations: 

  • Postgraduate and undergraduate members in one team

Which WIL unit?

Students participating in The Big Idea competition are encouraged to complete the program for credit towards their degree. To be eligible to undertake the competition for credit as part of their course:

Faculty of Business and Law students may contact student advisers at to ensure that this elective contributes to your course requirements. Students from other faculties will have to contact a student adviser from the relevant faculty for this eligibility check.

Important dates

The competition will be run over the Trimester 2 academic period (July to November).

Information Sessions details

Monday 8 May 2017 4 pm-5 pm Melbourne Burwood Campus B2.23

Watch live streaming of event

Deakin University's judging date: October 2017

Application closing date: July 2017

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