We’re challenging university students to come up with social enterprise ideas that could support homeless and disadvantaged people in a similar way to our own social enterprises.
The Big Idea competition, launched today, will see undergraduate students from nine universities develop social enterprise concepts that have the potential to create employment opportunities for those in need. The winning idea could be implemented alongside our social enterprises such as The Big Issue magazine.
“Our social enterprises have helped thousands of people make positive changes to their lives and we are now looking to our next generation of leaders to come up with new ideas for the future,” The Big Issue National Operations Manager Sally Hines said.
The competition, which ran as a pilot at two universities last year, involves a series of lectures, workshops and webinars to help students develop their social enterprise ideas. Students also get the opportunity to interact with high profile business and industry leaders involved in webinars and the judging process including former Democrats leader Natasha Stott Despoja, Telstra Chief Financial Officer Andrew Penn and Cheryl Kernot from UNSW’s Centre for Social Impact.
Entries will be shortlisted by universities in October, with the finalists announced on December 2. For more information about The Big Idea and participating universities, click here.
You can also view photos from last year's awards dinner and read about the 2012 winning team (pictured) here.