Global Business Challenge

Design a sustainable fintech solution for your chance to win $100,000.

This year's challenge calls postgraduate students and PhD candidates to develop solutions to improve trust and customer value in the delivery of financial sector services. 

FinTech may be considered to include any technological innovation and automation of the financial sector. Examples may include advances in financial literacy, advice and education, as well as streamlining of wealth management, lending and borrowing, retail banking, fundraising, money transfers/payments, and investment management.

Hosted at UQ, the 2019 Global Business Challenge is being conducted as a partnership between UQ, QUT and Griffith University, with the support of government and industry.

The competition is designed to challenge students to formulate business solutions for globally relevant and contemporary ‘wicked’ problems with global significance. Importantly, the Challenge is designed to foster cross-border and cross-discipline collaborations to create solutions that capture emerging transformative business opportunities for industries, regions and countries.

Solutions will consist of a combination of new and emerging technologies, as well as novel business models to support commercialisation and global adoption of these solutions. Industry prizes are specifically targeted to support finalist teams, or their collaborators in their commercialisation effort. As collaboration is a key pillar of the competition, teams are encouraged to have strong collaboration with technology providers, from research and industry and government organisations.

2019 Global Business Challenge: key dates 

  • Information Session
    Tuesday, 21 May 2019 | 2:00-3:30pm | UQ Ventures, ground floor, Global Change Institute (Building 20)
    Find out more about the challenge. Network and form teams with like-minded individuals. 
  • Mentor Session
    End of May | Global Change Institute (Building 20)
    Discuss your group's solution with UQ's entrepreneurship and business experts. 
  • Round 1 Submission and registration deadline
    Friday, 14 June 2019 | Online 
  • Finalists announced
    Monday, 1 July 2019
  • Finals (held in Brisbane)
    Monday, 30 September - Thursday, 3 October 2019
    Pitch to industry for your group's chance to win prizes up to $100,000. 

Teams of up to four postgraduate students from any combination of business and/or technical disciplines are eligible to apply.

An eligible program is any business or technical discipline based postgraduate program of study (such as MBA, Masters Degrees or other relevant post-graduate degree programs in business or technical disciplines). A multidisciplinary approach is encouraged.​

Full team guidelines are available on the Global Business Challenge website


If you have any questions about the Global Business Challenge please contact  UQ Venture