What’s your big idea?

On Thursday, 18 July from 12 – 1pm, The Big Idea competition will once again be launching across our campuses. This competition invites students to develop a concept and business plan for a social enterprise or a social business, and compete with other students at participating universities.

The launch will take the form of a one-hour information session with facilitators from the Big Issue available to provide information on registering and developing your pitch and answer all of your questions. This event will be held on the Melbourne campus in room 1.30 but will also be broadcast to other campuses in the following rooms:

  • Adelaide – 01/G.04
  • Brisbane – 1/20.23
  • Bundaberg – 1/1.19
  • Cairns – 1/3.05
  • Gladstone – 1/1.09
  • Mackay – 01/3.13
  • Noosa – A/1.06
  • Rockhampton – 5/G.22
  • Sydney – 10.12
  • Townsville – 02/1.03

If you want to attend but your campus is not listed or you are an online student, please contact socialinnovation@cqu.edu.au for other options.

A history of big ideas…

In 2014, CQUniversity participated in The Big Idea competition for the first time and took out the national award with The Shelter Project, a social enterprise temporary housing design that uses recycled industrial pallets, and creates opportunities for unemployed Australians to assist with construction while gaining trade-based qualifications.

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In 2015 and 2017, CQUniversity again reached the national podium, for The Garden of Earthly Delights (2015, post-graduate stream), a community garden project providing flexible and transitional employment, education, and training opportunities for people experiencing homelessness, and A-Tech-You (2017, undergraduate stream), a project to design and manufacture 3D-printed tables for wheelchairs, while empowering people with mobility challenges.


For more information on The Big Idea competition, email thebigidea@cqu.edu.au or visit https://www.thebigidea.org.au/

Ashleigh Truscott (https://cqunilife.com)

I am a CQUni alumnus, who graduated back in 2010. Straight after graduating, I took a job in media, and later returned to CQUni working full-time as Student Communications Assistant. I remember all too well the panic fuelled ‘all-nighters’, getting lost on campus, confusion over systems, and the general feeling of being unsure. I'm excited to share my experiences and provide some insights into university life.

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