Business Innovation Lab

This lab will give you the chance to apply theories learned in class to a real-life problem.

The Business Innovation Lab enhanced my professional skills, and increased my collaborative and communication skills when working in a diverse team." 2022 participant

How does the Business Innovation Lab work?

This facilitated lab invites you to solve a real-world problem using Design Thinking, with a focus on SMEs, communities, and not-for-profit organisations.

You'll be placed into a team of up to five students, matched with an industry partner, and receive a client brief detailing a business challenge.

You will be guided through a Design Thinking process that will assist you in developing a solution to your client’s challenge. Teams are supported by a BIL facilitator to ensure you are on track with your project.

The Lab will culminate with final pitches to all industry partners.

The final intake of the Business Innovation Lab in 2022 is in September.

Key dates: September 2022

Student participation
DateTime (AEST)
Online Induction SessionWednesday 21 September 20222:30pm - 3:30pm
Business Innovation LabWednesday 28 September 20229:30am - 4:30pm

Note: The Business Innovation Lab program's September intake will be delivered fully on campus. Participants must be able to commit to attending the Business Innovation Lab program onsite in full.


Applications for the September 2022 intake have closed. Applications for the next Business Innovation Lab will be advertised in your weekly student newsletters in 2023.

Be recognised with Melbourne Plus

Melbourne Plus is a University of Melbourne program and is your opportunity to be recognised for your participation in co-curricular activities!

It is all about rewarding the knowledge, skills and behaviours you develop when participating in these activities.

Business Innovation Lab participants will be able to reflect on their growth in Innovation and receive a digital credential to share with their networks.