Students Think Big for Social Good

29 November 2019 The Big Idea

Students Think Big for Social Good

Our undergraduate and postgraduate winners Good Intentions and Closed Loop, with The Big Idea finalist judges. Credit: Mark Avellino

A rental tent service for festivals providing work for out of care youths and a local-level plastic waste recycling business were announced as winners of The Big Idea at an awards event in Melbourne.

The Big Idea is a national university competition co-ordinated by The Big Issue. The prestigious competition invites students to develop a concept and business plan for a new social business or social enterprise, that can positively create change.

This year, more than 350 students from 11 universities entered The Big Idea. Out of these, five undergraduate and three postgraduate teams were chosen to progress to the final judging, held at PwC Melbourne.


Undergraduate winner: Good Intentions (University of Melbourne)

Good Intentions provides seasonal work opportunities for out of care youths, through setting up tents at festivals. Further impact is created via waste reduction as single use tents are phased out.

Postgraduate winner: Closed LOOP (UNSW)

Closed LOOP addresses plastic waste by renting out plastic recycling machines to councils, to provide the public with an opportunity to upcycle their own plastic.


The panel of high-profile finalist judges consisted of Urban Development Institute of Australia (Victoria) CEO Danni Hunter, PwC Australia partner Tracey Kennair, Centre for Social Impact fellow Cheryl Kernot, Bosch Australia President Gavin Smith and The Big Issue/Homes for Homes CEO Steven Persson.

As part of their prize, students from the winning teams receive professional development with The Big Issue and PwC.

We would like to congratulate all teams involved in The Big Idea 2019 for their hard work and creative ideas.

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