Business Innovation Lab

Work as part of a team to solve an existing business challenge for a client using Design Thinking. Receive feedback from industry partners to strengthen your problem-solving and pitching skills.

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.

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 OpenThursday 27 July 20239:00am
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

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.