Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education

The Big Idea

The Big Idea Social Enterprise Competition


All undergraduate students from UWA are invited to compete in The Big Idea national competition in Semester 2.

A social enterprise planning competition between university students around the country, The Big Idea invites students to develop a concept and business plan for a social enterprise, and potentially change the lives of thousands of disadvantaged Australians around the country. It is an initiative of The Big Issue, a fortnightly independent magazine that is sold on the streets by homeless, marginalised and disadvantaged people.

In multi-discipline teams of 4-6, students develop their concept and business plan with support from a unique set of resources available on The Big Idea website. The resources include webinars, templates for business plans and budgets, suggested readings and a forum for asking questions. There will also be unique face-to-face support opportunities available through Bloom.

The UWA finalist will be chosen at a pitch event on the evening, then present their social enterprise plan to the semi-finalist judging panel. The competition culminates with finalist judging and a national awards event in Melbourne.

This is an opportunity for students to interact with a range of high-level professionals with hands-on and strategic experience in industry. Prizes include a professional immersion day for the winning team at The Big Issue’s Head Office and PwC Australia’s office in Melbourne plus flights and accommodation.

The Big Idea UWA has been made possible by Centre for Social Impact UWA, McCusker Centre for Citizenship UWA, UWA IQ, and Bloom.

Complete the Expression of Interest Form for The Big Idea UWA until Monday 14 August 2017. This will ensure you receive all relevant communications and receive support throughout the competition.


The Big Idea UWA is open to all undergraduate UWA students enrolled in Semester 2. You are encouraged to apply as a multi-discipline team of 4-6 people.

Students of BUSN1102 are required to compete for credits towards the unit (teams will be chosen in the first tutorial of this unit).

All other teams are encouraged to express their interest by completing the form below. This will ensure you receive all relevant communications and invitations related to the competition.

Contact details

Mags Ritchie

  08 6488 5691

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