The Big Idea: alumni mentoring

Interested in helping develop the next generation of social enterprise leaders? Mentor a Faculty of Arts team in The Big Idea, a social enterprise planning competition from The Big Issue.

Learn more about The Big Idea from Faculty of Arts participants in the 2017 competition.
Bachelor of Arts students from the winning team
Winners of the 2019 The Big Idea: Bachelor of Arts students Declan Lawlor, Hazel Lee, Caitlin Donaghue-Evans and Lilian Walker.

About The Big Idea

The Big Idea is an initiative of The Big Issue, Australia’s longest-standing and most significant social enterprise. The Big Issue is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that develops solutions to help homeless, marginalised and disadvantaged people positively change their lives.

In 2020, the Faculty of Arts is participating in The Big Idea – a social enterprise planning competition between university students around the country. The competition immerses university students in the world of social enterprise. Students will develop a concept and business plan for a new social enterprise, developing their skills and receiving advice from our expert presenters and judges.

Become an alumni mentor

Student team mentors provide advice and support to one or more teams throughout the business planning process and in preparation for the internal university judging pitch.

The commitment for being a team mentor is:

  • Making contact with the team leader(s);
  • Attendance at the first team meeting;
  • Fortnightly communication (either a phone call, email, or skype or IM chat) with either the team leader, a team member or a number of team members – something you agree on how to proceed;
  • Provide feedback on a draft of the written social enterprise plan and practice pitch

This is a great opportunity to mentor current Arts students and support their development of critical industry skills.

The time commitment is approximately 10-hours over a 3 month period. In addition to your mentor support, students also have access to a variety of resources and learning hubs.

If you would like to participate in this opportunity, please complete an expression of interest by the 31 August.

Get involved

More information

For additional information, please contact Megan Carney, Work Integrated Learning Officer megan.carney@unimelb.edu.au.