Coles Group Industry Hackathon

Coles Group has a challenge – do you have the solution?

Delivered in partnership with Coles Group, during a two-day hackathon you will learn and apply foundational entrepreneurial thinking and skills to a business challenge set by the leading Australian retailer. Working in teams, you will prototype solutions and have the chance to pitch your best idea to an expert judging panel.

Program details

  • Catering: Provided by La Trobe University (Day 1) and Coles Group (Day 2)

Applications close Friday 29 September 2023 at 5pm.

Why apply?

The Coles Group Industry Hackathon is the perfect opportunity to learn from and network with experienced industry professionals and like-minded students in a fun, supportive and collaborative environment.

The event is intended to increase your employability skills, entrepreneurial mindset and put learnings into practice. While student attendees do not receive academic credit, they will receive recognition toward their Career Ready Advantage Award.

You will learn to:

  • Develop and prototype solutions to a real-world industry challenge
  • Apply entrepreneurial thinking toward your career or your own startup idea
  • Apply an entrepreneurial angle to your CV and job interviews
  • Enhance your professional network
  • Utilise best practice pitching and public speaking techniques.

Free, two-day in-person event from 10am to 4pm at the La Trobe City Campus (Day 1) and Coles HQ (Day 2).

Arrival by 9.45am, doors will be locked due to OHS inductions. Hackathon includes pitches by all teams with feedback from the industry judging panel. Please note that some pitches may conclude later than 4pm.

Must be a La Trobe University student from any campus, discipline or level of study, or an alumni (up to 3 years).

  • Business model development
  • Design thinking
  • Entrepreneurial mindset
  • Ideation
  • Pitching
  • Prototyping
  • Public speaking
  • Storytelling
  • Team building.

Coles Group Industry Hackathon applications close Friday 29 September 2023 at 5pm.

Successful applicants will be notified by Thursday 5 October 2023.

Why Coles Group?

Coles Group is a leading Australian retailer, with over 2,500 retail outlets nationally. The organisation processes more than 20 million customer transactions each week, providing customers with products from thousands of farmers and suppliers.

Over the past century, the Coles Group has evolved from a variety store to a leading Australian supermarket, and now to a portfolio of leading retail brands. This didn’t happen by accident – a clear shared vision, purpose and strategy, as well as an emphasis on fostering a culture that values consistent behaviours, have played a key role to the organisation’s success. What better place to set the scene for La Trobe University students and alumni keen to hone their skillsets to become confident and career-ready.

Contact us

Need more information? Reach out to the Innovation & Entrepreneurship team at