A University Competition
The Big Idea 2014

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 Issue has launched a national competition between undergraduate students at participating universities – The Big Idea – inviting students to develop a concept and business plan for a social enterprise that might become the next ‘Big Issue’.

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.

In 2013 the winning team was a group of students from La Trobe University!  Their social enterprise, Revegetate involved setting up an urban landscaping business located in Melbourne, which creates quirky, living vertical walls for cafes, hotels and restaurants, as well as providing ongoing maintenance.  This social enterprise provides recognised training in horticulture to disadvantaged employees.

What’s Up for Grabs?

There are plenty of reasons to get involved! You will:

  • meet some of Australia’s most influential business leaders
  • have the opportunity to develop a life changing social initiative; and
  • the winning team, (up to 6 members in total) will each receive
    • An Apple iPad
    • A professional immersion day at The Big Issue head office
    • Other prizes TBC

2014 Participating Universities

Universities participating in The Big Idea 2013 Competition are:

If you are a student attending one of the above universities, please contact your university representative to register for the competition.

Universities – Register Now for 2014!

Universities are invited to register their interest for The Big Idea for 2014. 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 bigidea@bigissue.org.au. You can also visit the About page to find out more on this ground-breaking initiative and how your students can get involved.

For Media,  please contact Eszter Vasenszky on (03) 9663 4533 or 0415 319 421, or complete the form in our Contact page.