The Big Idea

Design a business for social impact!

The Big Idea is a social enterprise business planning and pitch competition hosted by The Big Issue Australia.

Working in student teams, you’ll be supported to design, research and pitch your social enterprise idea for the right to represent La Trobe at the national competition finals in December.

La Trobe university students have achieved significant success in The Big Idea competition, with our teams winning the national grand finals in 2013 and 2015.

Why should you do it?

  • Learn about social enterprise in Australia
  • Experience designing a social enterprise concept and business plan
  • Develop sought after workplace and business skills
  • Connect with social enterprise thought leaders and potential employers
  • Be in the running to win The Big Idea national competition prizes
  • Build your Career Ready Advantage portfolio with skills and achievements employers are looking for
  • Stand out from the crowd when you enter the job market

How do you get involved?

Enrol in MGT2SEB Social Entrepreneurship (The Big Idea)

This second semester elective subject is open to all undergraduate students, from any degree, who have completed 120 credit points of study. Entering the competition through the subject means you’ll also gain 15 credit points toward your degree.

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Extra-curricular entry

Join the competition and broaden your practical skills and experience beyond your area of study.

Email us before June 30 to find out more about La Trobe’s extra-curricular competition entry requirements