Deakin Bowater Business Challenge - Postgraduate Challenge

Are you a current Deakin Business and Law postgraduate student? Do you want to develop your problem solving skills, graduate employability and industry networks? And oh, win some cash!

Deakin Business School are excited to present the first ever Deakin Bowater Business Challenge (DBBC) exclusive to postgraduate students. The event is proudly sponsored by the Bowater Trust and leading industry partner, Koko Black Group Pty Ltd.

What is it?

The DBBC is a fun and exciting competition open to all Deakin Business and Law postgraduate students. Working in teams of four, students will undertake research and develop a presentation on the future of a selected industry. This year, the Bowater Business Challenge takes “The Koko Black Employee Value Proposition – premium chocolate by accomplished chocolatiers” as its theme.

This competition is a great opportunity to develop your problem solving skills, graduate employability and industry networks. And who knows, you might even impress a potential employer!

How does it work?

Registered teams will compete in a preliminary round to demonstrate their innovation and problem-solving skills. Based on their own initial research and analysis of the industry challenge issued, each team will be required to present a 10 minute oral presentation to a judging panel. The presentation will focus specifically on the approach to be taken in addressing the challenge posed.

Four successful teams will be chosen from the preliminary round to participate in a Briefing Day and the ultimate Final. The briefing day will include presentations by key industry stakeholders to increase understanding of the industry.  There will be an opportunity for one team member of each team to attend a site visit.

The DBBC Challenge Final will be held 19 May 2021 . The four teams will present to a judging panel and audience made up of Deakin University, industry and community representatives.

Cash prizes are available to winning teams!

Please note the Bowater Business Challenge open to Undergraduate Students will be offered later in the year.

How can you participate?

To be eligible, you must be a postgraduate student enrolled at Deakin University's Faculty of Business and Law in Trimester 1, 2021.

Each team to comprise four members. You have the option to enter as a team or as an individual. If your team does not comprise 4 students, individual applicants will be assigned into your team to make up the 4 members required.

As the competition is open to all Deakin Business and Law postgraduate students, we encourage you to have a diverse team made up of different courses, specialisations and backgrounds. Students may also apply individually and will be formed into teams by the organizers.

Need more information?

If you have any enquiries in relation to the challenge please email

How to apply?

Applications currently open.

Applications close:  Tuesday 30th March 2021 11.59PM

How to apply: click here

Important dates

Tuesday 30 March 2021 

Applications closes at 11.59pm

21 April 2021

Preliminary Round, teams are allocated 10 minutes to present virtually on a date and time to be confirmed within this week

22 April 2021

Announcement of the four finalist teams.

05 May 2021

a) Half-day Briefing Day. Date to be confirmed

Attendance is required by all members of each finalist team.

b) Site visit to Koko Black to be arranged post-briefing day. Date to be confirmed.

One person per team to attend

19 May 2021

Challenge Final,  – date to be confirmed within this week. In person or virtually via Zoom dependent on COVID Safe advice at the time.

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