The Big Idea

Social Entrepreneurship Practicum - The Big Idea (COMM3030)


UNSW Business School and the Centre for Social Impact are excited to be participating in the Big Idea Competition for 2019

What is the Big Idea Competition?

The Big Idea is Australia’s leading social enterprise immersion and competition for university students. It is coordinated by The Big Issue, Australia’s longest standing and most significant social enterprise. The Big Issue is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that delivers solutions to help homeless, marginalised and disadvantaged people to positively change their lives.

Leveraging the Big Issue’s expertise and networks, the Big Idea competition will immerse UNSW students in the world of social enterprise. The competition requires students to develop their own idea for a social enterprise, which will be pitched to a Big Issue panel of expert judges at the end of the semester.

Throughout the semester, students will gain unprecedented access to social entrepreneurs, Australian ‘Thought Leaders’ and experts across various sectors. This guidance, advice and direction will ensure students are well placed to understand social issues and develop their ideas into viable business plans.

UNSW’s panel of judges will select one postgraduate and one undergraduate team to progress to the competition semi-finals held in Melbourne where they will present their social enterprise plan to a panel of judges. The competition culminates with finalist judging and an awards event.

Student prizes include a professional immersion day for the winning team at The Big Issue’s Head Office and PwC Australia’s office in Melbourne, including flights and accommodation.

Students have the opportunity to enter the Big Idea competition either as an extra-curricular activity or for-credit by doing it as part of a for-credit course, COMM3030 for undergraduate students and COMM5201 for postgraduate students.  See below for further details regarding doing the Big Idea for credit.