What will be 2017's Big Idea?

21 November 2017 The Big Idea

What will be 2017's Big Idea?

More than 550 university students have entered their social enterprise plans in The Big Issue’s 2017 Big Idea competition in the lead up to finals in December.

Teams from 13 universities across Australia have been working hard for the past five months to develop their unique business concepts designed to tackle an area of disadvantage.

They’ve had guidance from inspirational thought leaders including Daniel Flynn, Co-Founder of Thankyou Group and Geoff Lloyd, Chief Executive Officer of Perpetual.

Semi-finals are underway, and on 5 December, finalist teams will present their ideas to a judging panel of influential Australian business leaders, including Tracey Kennair, Partner at PwC Australia, Kris Neill, Executive Director of Macquarie Group and Cheryl Kernot, Director - Social Business at the Centre for Social Impact.

All finalists will receive a professional immersion day at PwC, and have the opportunity to be fast-tracked through PwC’s graduate recruitment process.

The winning postgraduate and undergraduate team will also have an immersion day at the The Big Issue’s head office, and each winning team member will receive a prize pack.



Previous winners include Us3 from the University of Sydney, which connects not-for-profit organisations with under-utilised office space through an app, and Yumi from University of Melbourne (pictured above), which addresses barriers to employment for youth living with mental illness by selling socks featuring positive mental health messages.

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