Bachelor of Arts students with big ideas win social enterprise competition
Six talented Bachelor of Arts students have won The Big Idea 2019 – a social enterprise competition hosted by The Big Issue.
Image: Bachelor of Arts students Declan Lawlor, Hazel Lee, Caitlin Donaghue-Evans and Lilian Walker from the winning team – Good Intentions. Photo by Mark Avellino.
The Big Idea gives university students from around Australia the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of social enterprise. Participating students work in teams, with help from social entrepreneurs and sector experts, to develop a concept and business plan for a social enterprise or business that can positively create change.
Teams then pitch their business plan to a panel of judges with the winners undertaking professional development with The Big Issue – Australia’s longest standing and most significant social enterprise.
This year, 70 business plans were submitted by students from 11 universities.
Bachelor of Arts students Declan Lawlor, Hazel Lee, Caitlin Donaghue-Evans, Lilian Walker, Imogen Honybun and Aleksander Grizelj took out the undergraduate prize for their social enterprise Good Intentions.
Good Intentions provides seasonal work opportunities for out of care youths, through setting up tents at festivals. The enterprise also helps to phase out single-use tents.