Leadership and Sponsorship Opportunities

We deliver leadership forums, scholarship programs and case competitions that inspire and challenge the student cohort. Your organisation can get involved by offering your time to be a competition judge, developing a case study, financial support or in kind support for competitions logistics and prizes.

Future Leaders Forum

Annual one-day event that brings together 120 of our most talented Bachelor of Commerce students chosen for their academic excellence and/or demonstrated achievement in leadership. Its objective is to inspire students to think about the future leadership role they can play – in business, government and the community.

Since its inception in 2007, the Future Leaders Forum has provided students with a range of rich opportunities for meeting and networking with business and community leaders and other high-achieving students.

The Future Leaders Forum has been so successful in large due to the high profile and quality of the guest speakers and table hosts who have honoured us by accepting our invitation to participate. Participation is of significant benefit to our students. The event also has key corporate sponsorship which offers the sponsor a number of publicity and recognition benefits.

Speakers are nominated by the student working group, chaired by Prof. Jeff Borland. Past speakers have included:

  • Mr Greg Medcraft, Chairman, ASIC and Chair, IOSCO Board
  • Ms Megan Quinn, CEO of Q&CO, co-founder of Net-a-Porter and Consultant Creative Director of Bank of Melbourne
  • Ms Ellen Sandell, State MP for Melbourne, former CEO of Australian Youth Climate Coalition)
  • The Hon. Mr John Brumby, Former Premier of Victoria
  • Ms Gail Kelly, Former CEO of Westpac
  • The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG
  • Mr Todd Sampson, Non-executive chairman of the advertising agency Leo Burnett Australia
  • Professor Ross Garnaut AO
  • Ms Jacqueline Hey, Non-executive Director, Bendigo & Adelaide Bank and Qantas Limited
  • Mr John Caldwell, CEO of RWR Group and social commentator

Have a look at the 2015 brochure. The 2016 format will be announced in July.

The Future Leaders Forum is great as it gives you the opportunity to take a step back from the cut and thrust of assessments and study and plot out or at least think about life’s broader goals and a more long-term vision. It is a fantastic way to give confidence to current undergraduate students about the possibilities and diversity of career opportunities and causes that exist in the world for us to get involved in. An excellent program!

First Year Leadership Forum

The First Year Leadership Forum is a not-for-credit intensive full day leadership program for 120 first year Bachelor of Commerce students. The forum has been designed to give students a positive, interactive experience of leadership and team work.

During an industry panel, speakers from the corporate, community and government sectors are invited to share their experiences of leadership and team building, working with stakeholders and key turning points in their own development. A networking session is held at the conclusion of the panel with students interacting with speakers and fellow students to discuss the key learnings.

Contact bcom-experience@unimelb.edu.au for more information.

Creating Future Leaders Series

The Creating Future Leaders Series puts undergraduate and graduate students and young alumni into conversation with business leaders from Australia and overseas.

Presented by high-profile leaders and experts from across the corporate and not-for-profit sectors, the series aims to engage our students and young alumni with the experiences and ideas of business leaders drawn from the University alumni or wider community, as well as offer inspiration and insights into future career prospects and leadership opportunities.

Speakers are Faculty Alumni, previous presenters include Naomi Simson (Founder of RedBalloon), Alex Malley (CEO of CPA Australia), Rev. Tim Costello (CEO World Vision Australia), Steven Persson (CEO The Big Issue) and Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield (founders of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream).

Scholarship Programs

Engage with our highest achieving scholars by providing in-company group opportunities to enhance their work integrated learning experiences while developing an early relationship between your organisation and the brightest minds of the future.

Contact bcom-experience@unimelb.edu.au for more information.

Case Competitions - Undergraduate

Gain access to outstanding students from the world’s top universities through our International Case Competition program.  Your organisation can get involved by offering your time to be a competition judge; providing financial support or in kind support for competition logistics and prizes; or providing in-depth information to be featured as one of the competition business cases.

Contact bcom-experience@unimelb.edu.au for more information.

Melbourne Business School Case Competition

(formerly Strategy Presentation Challenge)

This bi-annual competition attracts over 150 graduate business students who form teams to solve a real-life business case. Participating teams are tested on their ability to put theory into practice to not only provided a feasible solution to the business case but also win a share of up to $1,000.00 in prize money. This competition is run in conjunction with the MBS Student Association which has a growing membership base of over 2,500 graduate business students.

Previous sponsors include KPMG, Deloitte, NAB, ANZ, Bank of Melbourne, Plan Australia, Shinewing and Inclusion Melbourne.

We welcome expressions of interest to:

  • Donate time to judge the competition - Preliminary round: 2.5 hours and/or Final round: 3 hours
  • Act as a competition sponsor for the prize money and event logistics.
  • Sponsorship packages start from $1,000.00.

Contact for mbs-experience@unimelb.edu.au more information.

Social Entrepreneurship Sharks’ Tank Competition

This annual competition is run as part of a graduate level subject, MGMT90165 Social Entrepreneurship which encourages budding entrepreneurs to explore how business insights can be used to solve social and environmental problems. Students work in groups to develop a social enterprise business model which flows into the Sharks’ Tank Competition judged by a panel of prominent social entrepreneurs, angel investors and venture capitalists. Winning teams are rewarded with up to $5,000.00 in matched seed funding.

Previous sponsors include Act and Melbourne Business School.

We welcome expressions of interest from social enterprises, angel investors or venture capitalists to:

  • Donate time to judge the competition - Preliminary round: 2 to 4 hours and/or Final round: 3 hours
  • Act as a competition sponsor for the prize money and event logistics. Sponsorship packages start from $5,000.00.

Contact  for mbs-experience@unimelb.edu.au more information.

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UniMelb StartUp  -  Pitch Competition

This annual competition is brings together the University’s best and brightest internet start-up entrepreneurs to win up to $10,000.00 in seed funding to bring their ideas to life. Shortlisted teams are invited to pitch their ideas to a panel of internet start-up experts, angel investors and venture capitalists in the preliminary round to secure their place in the Finals which is limited to the top five teams.

Previous sponsors include Red Balloon and Melbourne Business School.

How to Engage

We welcome expressions of interest from angel investors or venture capitalists to:

  • Donate time to judge the competition - Preliminary round: 2 to 6 hours and/or Final round: 4 hours
  • Act as a competition sponsor for the prize money and event logistics.
  • Sponsorship packages start from $5,000.00.

Contact for mbs-experience@unimelb.edu.au more information.

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