Deakin Bowater Business Challenge

Are you a current Deakin Business and Law undergraduate student? Do you want to develop your problem solving skills, graduate employability and industry networks?

Deakin Business School and the Deakin Commerce Society are excited to present the Deakin Bowater Business Challenge (DBBC). The event is proudly sponsored by the Bowater Trust and a leading industry partner.

What is it?

The DBBC is a fun and exciting competition open to all Deakin Business and Law undergraduate 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 “Brand awareness in the Asia Pacific region: The case for Cyrise, a Melbourne cyber security venture accelerator” 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 on Tuesday 4 August 2020 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 and will be required to participate in an all-day Briefing Day during mid-August. The briefing day will include presentations by key industry stakeholders to increase understanding of the industry.

The DBBC Challenge Final will be held in early September. The four teams will present to a judging panel and audiences made up of Deakin University, industry and community representatives.

Cash prizes are available to winning teams!

How can you participate?

To be eligible, you must be an undergraduate student enrolled at Deakin University's Faculty of Business and Law in Trimester 2, 2020. You should ideally be towards the end of your second year or later.

Each team must have four members. As the competition is open to all Deakin Business and Law undergraduate students, we encourage you to have a diverse team made up of different courses, majors and backgrounds. Students may also apply individually and will be formed into teams by the organisers.

Need more information?

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

How to apply?

Applications open Monday 29 June 2020. Submit your application here.

Important dates

Friday 17 July 2020 

Applications closes at 11.59pm

Tuesday 4 August 2020

Preliminary Round, to be held virtually in 15 minutes blocks throughout the day.

Wednesday 5 August 2020

Announcement of the four finalist teams.

Mid-August 2020

All-day Briefing Day. Date to be confirmed

Attendance is required by all members of each finalist team.

Tuesday  8 September 2020

Challenge Final

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