Univative Inter-University Competition

Univative 2015

Participate in the 2015 Univative inter-university consulting competition, engaging with real organisations and working in a small teams to solve actual business problems.

You will compete against teams from NSW universities, which in 2015 will include 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 their host organisation and to practice their professional skills via developing a creative business proposal.

Students from all faculties, all degrees and all stages are welcome to apply!

How it works

Teams from different universities will be allocated a project host organisation and given a project brief requiring a resolution to a business problem related to their host organisation. After working offsite to research, discuss and formulate solutions to the project brief with minimal supervision, teams will be required to submit a business report and present their business proposal to the project host during the final week of July. Project hosts will then 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 24 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


Applications have now closed.


2015 Dates Program schedule

Sunday 3 May 2015 (midnight)

Applications close

End of May/ early June  

Successful applicants will be notified

Wednesday 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 26 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 (held on  campus)

Monday 29 June
(The time for this event is to be confirmed.)

Team briefing on-site by the project host  

Wednesday 22 July
(This will be a 2 hour event and the actual time is to be confirmed.)

Presentation dress rehearsal, held on campus

Friday 24 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. Location to be confirmed.

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 professional skills to promote your career development
  • Represent The University of Sydney

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