Business Development Clinic

What is the Business Development Clinic?

Students will work in consultancy teams to work with a small to medium sized business (SMEs) to grow their profitability by using the 7-Levers of Business Framework. Each week students will be engaged in a combination of program tailored content, hands-on project work, independent and team meetings and mentor sessions with renowned entrepreneur, award-winning author, marketer, and Professor of Practice Pete Williams.

You will have the opportunity to liaise with the client on a regular basis to understand the nature of their business, the market they are operating in and how you can improve their profitability. The consultancy teams will work together to develop and deliver their assigned organisation a final report and presentation of suggested strategies.

Who can apply?

This program is available for credit to undergraduate and postgraduate students across all facilities and campuses, who are eligible to use a WIL unit towards their degree.

Program enrolment

Successful students are eligible to undertake this for 1 credit point and are required to enrol in:

It is your responsibility to ensure that taking a WIL unit contributes towards your course requirements, and will not prevent you from meeting your course rules. Please speak with a Student Adviser if you are unsure; you can contact them on buslaw@deakin.edu.au or (03) 9244 6555.

How to apply

Applications for T1 2021 are now open and places are strictly limited. To be considered, you must submit an online application by clicking HERE.

Applications will close Sunday 7 February 2021.

Please email the WIL team at bl-wil@deakin.edu.au if you have any questions or issues about your application.

Key dates

Trimester weekDate Program weekActivities
O Week Thursday 4th March
10am – 12pm
0 Content: Mandatory induction session
Week 1 Friday 12th March
9am – 2pm
1 Content: Program introduction, Introduction to Framework.
Week 2 Friday 19th March
9am – 2pm
2 Content: Framework Development.
Week 3 Friday 26th March
9am – 2pm
3 Content: Framework Development, Client meeting (TBC), Group Formation.
Week 4 Date TBC 4 Meetings: Group mentor sessions.
Week 4 Friday 2nd April
2am – 2pm
4 Content: Project Development

TRIMESTER BREAK
Week 5 Date TBC 5 Meetings: Group mentor sessions.
Week 5 Friday 16th April
9am – 2pm
5 Content: Project Development, Presentation Skills.
Week 6 Date TBC 6 Meetings: Group mentor sessions.
Week 6 Friday 23rd April
2pm – 5pm
6 Content: Final Client Presentation

Content session topics and order subject to change.

Please contact the Work Integrated Learning (WIL) team at bl-wil@deakin.edu.au for any questions regarding your application.

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