The 2019 Big Idea Competition

The Big Idea - Social Enterprise Competition

Supercharge your social enterprise and your employability with a grand prize of an immersion day with The Big Issue and PwC, plus iPads for your entire team!

Are you working on a social enterprise or social business idea that you think has what it takes to create real social change?

The Big Idea is a competition for social entrepreneurs designed to empower you to develop Australia’s next big social enterprise.

There are two streams you can enter:
1 - A new social enterprise or a new social business; or
2 - A social enterprise or social business for a not-for-profit of your choice.

Here are four great reasons to apply:
1 - The grand prize is an immersion day with The Big Issue and PwC designed to supercharge your social enterprise.
2 - The winning team will get blinged up with new iPads.
3 - All successful applicants can boost their CVs with participation recognition from The Big Issue.
4 - All successful applicants will get hands on experience pitching and assembling your own business plans, which will give your employability a solid boost.

If you’ve got any questions, here is more info.

The application process is simple. Just click the link below, and we’ll guide you through what you need to do. Applications close midnight Sunday 13th October.



Applications close: Sun 13th October
Panel interviews: Mon 21st October
Business plan submission: Wed 23rd October
Pitch workshop: Thurs 7th November
Semi finals judging: 13th & 14th November
Finals judging: Thurs 28th November


  1. Judging criteria.
  2. Definition of a social enterprise or business.
  3. Terms and conditions.
  4. Student guide.