Deakin Bowater Business Challenge

Are you a current Deakin 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), previously known as the Deakin Think Tank Challenge. The event is proudly sponsored by the Bowater Trust and Prestige Jayco.

What is it?

The DBBC is a fun and exciting competition open to all Deakin undergraduate students. Working in teams of four, students will attempt to come up with a presentation that will provide a researched view of the future of a selected industry in Australia in the decade ahead.

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 Monday 13 August 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.

The four successful finalists will be required to attend a workshop and detailed briefing session run by Deakin Business School academics on Thursday 16th August and a site visit, at a date to be advised. Transport will be provided. Please note that the workshop, briefing session and site visit are mandatory for the successful finalists.

The DBBC will be held at the Melbourne Burwood Campus on Tuesday 11 September 2018 at 6pm. 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, 2018. 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 undergraduate students, we encourage you to have a diverse team made up of different courses, majors and backgrounds.


Sign your team up at the 2018 DBBC. Applications close on Friday 3 August 2018 at 11.59 pm (AEST).

Register now

Important dates

Friday 3 August Registration closes at 11.59pm
Monday 13 August Preliminary Round, held in 15 minutes blocks throughout the day
Tuesday 14 August Announcement of the four finalists
Thursday 16 August Shortlisted teams are introduced to the industry partner and briefed about the challenge.
Attendance is expected by all members of each finalist team.
Tuesday 11 September Main event


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