What is The Big Idea?
During Term 2, students work in teams to identify a social issue that affects a group, or groups of Australians. You’ll research the issue, think about possible creative solutions, and develop a business plan with the aim of addressing the issue. Student groups then present their business plan to a panel of judges with the goal of creating the next Big Idea. The winning national team receives great prizes including the chance to work with social entrepreneurs to further develop their idea.
Who can participate?
Undergraduate and postgraduate students can compete – there are two streams running in the competition so you’ll compete against students at the same level as you.
Are there any prizes for this competition?
The Big Issue offers a prize to the winning team of an Apple iPad for each member as well as being fast tracked to the final stage of the PwC Graduate program.
In addition to these prizes CQUni will provide up to $1,500 of funding to any PostGrad and UnderGrad teams who make it to the national finals.
Can CQUni Help me find a team?
Unfortunately we don’t have the resources to coordinate the formation of teams, but if you have an idea you can work on it as an individual. Once you register you will also be given access to CQUni’s Big Idea Moodle page where you can chat to other students and try to find teammates.
What commitments are there if I register?
You are free to drop out any time after registering. The first deadline for the competition is August 14 when all teams must submit an idea brief. If you are unable to complete this brief you will automatically drop from the competition.
I am interested but don’t have an idea – what should I do?
If you don’t have an idea but you are interested in participating in the competition, we encourage you to get a team together and register your interest. By registering your interest you will gain access to a range of materials that may help you develop an idea suitable for the competition.
What support will I get from CQUni?
CQUni provides advice through online and face-to-face sessions to assist you in developing your idea as well as an online portal to connect with other innovators. Once your brief is submitted on 14 August, our program managers will work with your team to refine your proposal.
Can I participate if I’m studying online and can’t get to a campus?
Yes, absolutely. Each year we have a really successful teams work together completely online and by phone. CQUniversity has great technology solutions to assist you with collaborative work online.
When does the competition take place?
Most of the competition preparation is undertaken during Term 2 with the judging to occur after Term 2 exams.
How do I register?
To register, visit the Register Now link at the bottom of this webpage.
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