The Big Idea

An initiative from The Big Issue, designed as a competition between students from universities across Australia.


The Big Idea invites students to develop a concept and business plan for a social enterprise that could become the next "Big Issue". The winning idea could go on to be launched and delivered by The Big Issue on a national scale.

Benefits of involvement in this placement include: interaction with high-level professionals; strategic industry experience; skill development in social enterprise planning; and the potential opportunity of an immersion day at the head office of The Big Issue and PwC Australia.

In the Big Idea internship, you will work on a project designing a business plan for a new social enterprise. Although not compulsory, it is hoped that students will work in small groups of up to 6. At the end of semester two students will present their "Big Idea" to a panel of staff at the University of Melbourne. The finalists will then be invited to present their "Big Idea" to a panel of Australian business leaders who will judge the ultimate winner.

In addition to the seminars run as part of the subject, you will have the opportunity to attend a series of lectures and workshops organised by The Big Issue and delivered by guest speakers. These speakers have expertise in both operational and strategic roles within social enterprises. Students will also hear from "thought leaders", influential Australian leaders in their field who will advise students as they work towards developing their business plans.

Please note: The opportunity to take part in The Big Idea is currently only available to students who enrol in the undergraduate subject Industry Project (ARTS30001) or graduate subject Social Enterprise Incubator (MULT90059).

Handbook links

Industry Project (ARTS30001)

Social Enterprise Incubator (MULT90059)