The Eco-Biz Challenge is business plan competition, including business skills training, to encourage businesses that are environmentally and socially sustainable.
The Eco-Biz Challenge identifies local entrepreneurs and assists them in starting or expanding businesses that support the local economy, as well as ecosystem services. It expands the pool of local talent, knowledge and creativity to find and incubate eco-friendly business ideas, and boost enterprise development.
Applicants submit a business concept summary which outlines their proposed business idea. The idea must operate in the local area, employ local residents, and be environmentally sustainable. The top 25% applicants will be selected as semi-finalists and will receive a threeday business plan training course. The semi-finalists will then be required to submit a formal proposal. Winners are selected and receive a one-time equity grant of approximately US$1,000 to start or expand their business concepts and mitigate start-up risks.
The Eco-Biz Challenge is used when there is a need to encourage enterprise development and sustainable livelihoods to address economic and environmental challenges.
People running the Eco-Biz Challenge should have facilitation skills, and introductory knowledge of business and economic theory.
For more information contact Prof Damian Hine, The University of Queensland
Download the Eco-Biz Challenge resources here:
|Slideset – Business Skills Workshop||pptx / 9.21 MB||DOWNLOAD|
|Facilitators’ Guide||pdf / 1.11 MB||DOWNLOAD|
|Participants’ Workbook||pdf / 1.08 MB||DOWNLOAD|
|Business proposal form||pdf / 230.5 KB||DOWNLOAD|
|Selection matrix||xlsx / 30.8 KB||DOWNLOAD|
|Sample flyer||pdf / 1.18 MB||DOWNLOAD|
|Sample application form (English)||pdf / 482 KB||DOWNLOAD|
|Sample application form (Tagalog)||pdf / 561.29 KB||DOWNLOAD|
|Sample application form (Bahasa)||pdf / 481.43 KB||DOWNLOAD|