Deakin Bowater Business Challenge

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

2022 Postgraduate Deakin Bowater Business Challenge

Prize Pool $4,400:  Applications Close Tues 5 April 2022

Deakin Business School is excited to present the Postgraduate Deakin Bowater Business Challenge (DBBC). The event is proudly sponsored by the Bowater Trust and leading industry partner, ecokit

'Develop an expansion strategy to overseas markets for ecokit, an innovative construction system for high performance, sustainable homes' .

View last year’s Postgraduate Bowater Business Challenge: The Koko Black Employee Value Proposition – premium chocolate by accomplished chocolatiers.

Please note: The Undergraduate challenge will be available to undergraduate students in T2 2022..

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 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 session and the ultimate final. The briefing session will include presentations by key industry stakeholders to increase understanding of the industry.

The DBBC Challenge Final will be held May 2022 . The four teams will present to a judging panel and audience made up of Deakin University, industry and community representatives.

Cash prizes are on offer to winning teams!

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, 2022.

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 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 currently open.

Applications close:  Tuesday 5th April 2022 11.59PM

How to apply: Submit your expression of interest

Important dates

Tue 5 April 2022 

Applications closes at 11.59pm

Tue 26 April 2022

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

Tue 26 April 2022

Announcement of the four finalist teams.

Thu 28 April 2022

Briefing Day with ecokit representatives and faculty academics

Attendance is required by all members of each finalist team.

Wed 25 May 2022

Challenge Final - teams give a virtual presentation of their final marketing strategy to key stakeholders.

Currently face to face event to be held in Melbourne.  Online alternative will be hosted if f2f not possible.

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