Business Innovation Challenge

Are you ready to dive into the world of business innovation and create lasting impact for a real client? Join the Business Innovation Challenge - an immersive two-day program - to gain degree-relevant experience and compete for a $2000 cash prize.

What is the Business Innovation Challenge?

Exclusive to FBE students, the Business Innovation Challenge offers a unique opportunity to gain hands-on, degree-relevant industry experience alongside your degree. Develop transferable skills and foster valuable connections while enhancing your employability.

Collaborating in a small cross-disciplinary team, you’ll tackle a challenging business problem facing your client; a leading organisation. Mentorship from industry professionals will guide you to ideate, develop, refine, and present your solution, enhancing your understanding of today’s business landscape.

Day one

On day one, you’ll be immersed in structured activities including problem definition, foundational research, client consultations, brainstorming sessions, and idea development.

Day two

Moving into day two, you’ll further strengthen your solution, learn how to storyboard and design a compelling pitch deck, and polish your presentation skills in a safe and supportive setting. The culmination of the program sees your team delivering your solution to the judging panel, competing for a chance to win a $2,000 cash prize.

Why should I participate?

Participating in the Business Innovation Challenge offers a range of benefits:

  • Develop innovative solutions that will have a real-world impact
  • Build transferable skills in teamwork, creative problem-solving, and communication
  • Sharpen your presentation skills in a supportive environment
  • Form meaningful connections with like-minded peers and industry professionals
  • Gain degree-relevant experience to enhance your employability
  • Compete for a $2,000 cash prize

Key dates: Semester 1, 2024

Applications openFriday 15 March 9am (AEDT)
Applications closeSunday 7 April11:59pm (AEST)
Application outcomeThursday 11 AprilBefore 5pm (AEST)
Program delivery A; orTuesday 30 April and Wedesday 1 May8.30am - 5pm (AEST)
Program delivery BThursday 2 May and Friday 3 May 8.30am - 5pm (AEST)

Am I eligible?

To apply for the FBE Business Innovation Challenge, you must be enrolled in the Faculty of Business and Economics and be able to attend the full two-day duration of the program in person, on campus.

How do I apply?

Applications for Semester 1 have now closed. To be notified when applications for Semester 2 open in August, please complete the expression of interest form.

Express Interest here

Earn Melbourne Plus recognition

Melbourne Plus is the University's flagship co-curricular recognition program. By completing Business Innovation Challenge, you'll be invited to complete a reflective piece to earn the 'Innovation' Melbourne Plus digital credential to share with your network (e.g. on your resume or LinkedIn profile).

Contact us

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