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, community, and not-for-profit organisations.

You will be placed into a team of up to five students and matched with a client. You will receive your client brief detailing a challenge.

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

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

Key dates: June 2022

Student participation
 DateTime (AEST)Time (CST)
InductionMonday 27 June 20222:30pm - 3:30pm12.30pm - 1.30pm
Business Innovation LabWednesday 29 June 202210am – 4.30pm8am – 2.30pm


Applications to participate in the Business Innovation Lab June intake have closed.

The June program will be delivered in hybrid with the majority of teams participating on campus. If you are offshore, you can join the virtual teams.

Project teams at the University’s Study Hub in China

There are a select number of spots for students based in China to take part in the Business Innovation Lab delivered from the University of Melbourne’s Study Hub in Nanjing:

11F, International Finance Centre
351 Jiangdong Middle Road
Jianye District, Nanjing
China 210017

Students will work in one of two project teams on-site, and be matched with a local business client.

To be eligible, you must be able to commit to attending the Business Innovation Lab program onsite in full.