The Big Idea is coordinated by The Big Issue, Australia’s longest standing and most significant social enterprise. The Big Issue is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that delivers solutions to help homeless, marginalised and disadvantaged people to positively change their lives.
What is The Big Idea?
The Big Idea is a social enterprise planning competition between students at participating universities. The Big Idea invites students to develop a concept and business plan for a social enterprise that might become the next ‘Big Issue’. Both undergraduate and postgraduate students can get involved.
The Big Idea offers students unprecedented access to social entrepreneurs, Australian ‘Thought Leaders’ and experts across a variety of business sectors, whose guidance, advice and direction will ensure students are well placed to develop their ideas into business plans for viable social enterprise. Meet the people involved.
Congratulations to the 2015 winning teams!
The undergraduate winning team was from La Trobe University. Their idea, The Vibe Collective is an event management social enterprise building emotional resilience in young, regional Australians. By staging workshops and cultural events, the Collective aims to offer professional skills development opportunities, employment pathways and social connections for youth experiencing disadvantage. Their achievement was recognised in Parliament by Member for Indi Cathy McGowan!
The postgraduate team was from CQ University. Their social enterprise uses a number of revenue streams and initiatives to run a community garden providing flexible training, education and employment for people facing disadvantage or experiencing homelessness.
Universities – Register Now!
Universities are invited to register their interest for The Big Idea. Places are limited, so please contact The Big Issue to discuss a partnership and secure your university’s place.
University staff interested in learning more about The Big Idea are invited to join our Observer Program to experience the competition first-hand. You will get the chance to meet our social enterprise experts, hear from guest speakers and get an insight into the delivery style and format of the competition. To join our Observer Program, please send your contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit the About page to find out more on this groundbreaking initiative and how your students can get involved.
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