Business Innovation Lab

This lab will give you the chance to apply theories learned in class to a real-life problem.

The Business Innovation Lab enhanced my professional skills, and increased my collaborative and communication skills when working in a diverse team." 2022 participant

How does the Business Innovation Lab work?

This facilitated lab invites you to solve a real-world problem using Design Thinking, with a focus on SMEs, community, and not-for-profit organisations.

You'll be placed into a team of up to five students, matched with an industry partner, and receive a client brief detailing a business challenge.

You will be guided through a Design Thinking process that will assist you in developing a solution to your client’s challenge. Teams are supported by a facilitator to ensure you are on track with your project.

The Lab will culminate with final pitches to all industry partners.

The next intake of the Business Innovation Lab is in April 2023.

Participating in the Business Innovation Lab was a one-of-a-kind experience which took me beyond my textbooks and lecture slides, to put theory into practice.” - Leon Lai

Read more about Leon Lai's experience as a participant and facilitator in the Business Innovation Lab program.

Leon Lai's Business Innovation Lab experience

Key dates: September 2023

 DateTime (AEST)
Applications OpenWednesday 27 July 2023 
Applications CloseSunday 20 August  2023Due 11:59pm
Online Induction SessionWednesday 20 September 20232:30pm - 3:30pm
Business Innovation LabWednesday 27 September 20239:30am - 4:30pm


The September Intake of the Business Innovation Lab will be delivered fully on campus. To be eligible, you must be able to commit attending the program onsite in full.

Be recognised with Melbourne Plus

Melbourne Plus is a University of Melbourne program and is your opportunity to be recognised for your participation in co-curricular activities!

It is all about rewarding the knowledge, skills and behaviours you develop when participating in these activities.

Business Innovation Lab participants will be able to reflect on their growth in Innovation and receive a digital credential to share with their networks.