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 Undergraduate Deakin Bowater Business Challenge

Prize pool $4,400

Deakin Business School is excited to present the Undergraduate Deakin Bowater Business Challenge (DBBC). The event is proudly sponsored by the Bowater Trust and iGen Foundation - supporting Australian Youth Entrepreneurs through microfunding and training.

Challenge: To establish a viable system of micro grants, loans, and training for Australian youth entrepreneurs.

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 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 iGen and key academic staff to increase understanding of the issues surrounding this project.

The DBBC Challenge Final will be held Thursday 22 September 2022 at Deakin Burwood Corporate Centre. 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 an undergraduate student enrolled at Deakin University's Faculty of Business and Law in Trimester 2, 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 may 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

Important dates

Friday 29 July

Applications closes at 11.59pm

Thur 4 August Confirmation of teams.

Thursday 18 August

Preliminary Round

Teams to deliver 10 minute presentation with 5 min Q+A, online via Zoom.

Judging panel will consist of Deakin Business and Law academics including Dr Wendy Webber; Director of Student Experience.

Teams are encouraged to attend the entire preliminary session to hear presentations from competing teams.

Friday 19 August

Announcement of the Four Finalist Teams

Four Finalist teams will be assigned their Academic Mentors.

Tues 23 August
2‐4pm via Zoom

Briefing Session

Briefing Session online via Zoom with iGen Foundation representatives and Business and Law academics to provide key details of the Challenge.
Attendance is required by all members of each finalist team

Thur 22 September
4:00pm to 6:00pm

Challenge Final

Finalist Teams to present to judging panel, Deakin staff, students and guests. 
Final will be held at Burwood Corporate Centre with option for team members to present via Zoom livestream if unable to attend in person.

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