The winners of The Big Issue's national university competition, The Big Idea, were announced at an awards event in Melbourne last night.
A social business idea from the University of Sydney team won the postgraduate category, while the University of Melbourne team's social enterprise concept won the undergraduate prize.
The Big Idea is an annual competition which invites tertiary students to develop concepts for a social enterprise or social business, with the potential to create positive change in a similar way to The Big Issue magazine.
This year, students from 11 universities submitted more than 100 business plans for consideration. Eight finalist teams presented their concepts to a panel of high-profile judges yesterday.
Postgraduate winning team:
Us3 (University of Sydney)
A social business to connect not-for-profit organisations with under-utilised office space via an app.
Undergraduate winning team:
Yumi (University of Melbourne)
A social enterprise addressing barriers to employment for yourh living with mental illness, by selling socks featuring positive mental health messages.
Green Barn (RMIT University)
A social business concept to sell pet products upcycled from textile waste, with profits donated to animal charities
Indigenous Food Truck (Swinburne University)
A social enterprise food truck providing employment and a sense of community for Indigenous Youth
Community Umpiring Agency (University of Western Australia)
A social enterprise concept to train and employ disdvantaged youth in AFL umpiring.
Cultural Food Truck (Victoria University)
A social enterprise food truck providing training and employment for refugees.
Free Moora Moora (La Trobe University)
A social enterprise employment agency providing education and career pathways for Indigenous youth in detention
Homemore (La Trobe University)
A social business concept to develop carbon-positive homes, with profits from sales providing homes on a rent-to-buy basis for women escaping domestic violence.
For more about The Big Idea visit thebigidea.org.au