Univative Inter-University Competition

Univative 2014

Participate in an inter-university consulting competition in which you will engage with real organisations and work in a small team to solve actual business problems.

You will compete against teams from NSW universities, which in 2014 included the University of Technology Sydney, Macquarie University, University of Western Sydney, The University of Wollongong and University of New South Wales.

Teams have the opportunity to gain valuable experience and insight about an organisation and to practice their skills in developing a creative business proposal. Students from all faculties, all degrees and all stages are welcome to apply!

How it works

Participants from all universities will be given a brief by their project host and will work offsite while researching, discussing and formulating solutions with minimal supervision. Teams will submit a business report and present their business proposal to the project host. Project hosts will provide feedback on team presentations and select a winning team. All participants will receive a Certificate of Participation.

Previous project hosts include Ernst & Young, Hilti, Starlight Foundation, Salvation Army, Coop Bookshop, Commonwealth Bank and Nielsen. Past projects have involved working on a social media campaign, devising marketing strategies and corporate responsibility projects. Participants have the opportunity to work on a new project which may not be directly related to the discipline they study at university.

In addition to attending all program events as listed in the timeline below, all participants must be available to work intensively on their team project during the period 26 June to 25 July 2015. Estimated time requirement:

  • Weeks 1-3: 26 June – 17 July equivalent to a part-time workload (approximately 15-20 hours/week)
  • Week 4: 18 July – 24 July equivalent to full-time workload


Check back for information on how to apply for the 2015 Univative program – applications will open in March 2015.


Please note the timeline currently lists the 2014 dates – the 2015 dates will be published when applications open in March.

2014 Dates Program schedule

Wednesday 30 April

Applications close

End of May/ early June  

Successful applicants will be notified

Tuesday 10 June
(This will be a 3 hour event, held in the afternoon, and the actual time is to be confirmed.)

Orientation held on campus
* Please note, this event falls in the week prior to the exam period

Friday 27 June
(This will be a 2 hour event, held in the late afternoon/early evening and the actual time is to be confirmed.)

Program launch

Monday 30 June
(The time for this event is to be confirmed.)

Team briefing on-site by the project host  

Wednesday 23 July
(This will be a 2 hour event and the actual time is to be confirmed.)

Presentation dress rehearsal, held on campus

Friday 25 July
(This event will be held in the afternoon/early evening and the actual time is to be confirmed.)

Program close and presentation on-site at project host premises.  

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Candidates must be a currently enrolled student (all years and disciplines, undergraduate or postgraduate, coursework and research degrees)
  • No industry experience is required
  • Penultimate and final year students will be given priority
  • International students are encouraged to apply


  • Gain professional experience generating solutions to real world problems
  • Expand your industry network and enhance your resume and employability skills
  • Collaborate in a diverse team environment and apply theory to practice
  • Develop valuable skills to promote your career development
  • Represent The University of Sydney

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