Univative - A Consulting Competition

Create solutions to real-life business problems

Univative brings bright, enthusiastic and like-minded students ('Univators') together to solve real business challenges for local organisations.

Applications are now closed.


What is Univative?

Univative is a unique inter-university, inter-discipline, inter-cultural student employability program where student teams devise innovative solutions for genuine problems posed by industries and communities. It is designed to enhance your employability skills by placing you in a real-life project with limited time and resources with team members of varied backgrounds.

Since 2011, 1381 students across 242 teams from 10 universities have joined forces with 48 organisations to tackle real world challenges with refreshing approaches.

Univative 2020 was proudly participated by 9 universities - UNSW Sydney, Australian Catholic University, Central Queensland University (Sydney campus), Macquarie University, Southern Cross University, The University of Notre Dame, University of Technology Sydney, The University of Wollongong and Western Sydney University.

What's involved?

Univative 2021 will be delivered entirely online.

UNSW students from different disciplines are grouped into consulting teams and provided a brief by their project host. Consulting teams will work on the project for 4 weeks (18th June - 16th July) and compete with teams of students from other participating universities.

Teams will plan, research, discuss and formulate a solution, to produce a detailed report and video presentation with their business idea. Each project host will select a winning team to be announced at the awards ceremony. Teams will receive feedback from their project host, a certificate for participation as well as recognition on AHEGS.

Project hosts in previous years have included EY, Accor, Salvos Legal, Clickview, Spacer, Amazon Web Services, Australian National Maritime Museum and more!

For further information visit the official Univative website.

Is it for me?

This competition is open to all currently enrolled undergraduate and postgraduate UNSW students from all faculties. Penultimate and final year students will be given priority and international students are encouraged to apply.

No industry experience is required.

Applicants must have sufficient time to commit each week to the project work, team meetings, mid-point check and final presentation between June and July. We recommend 8–12 hours each week of the competition. Applicants must attend an online induction and training session.

Program dates:

  • Onboarding session: Friday 4/6
  • Program launch and central training: Fri 18/6
  • Project briefing: Mon 21/6
  • Mid-point check: Mon 5/7
  • Reports due: Wed 14/7
  • Presentation Video due: Thu 15/7
  • Grand Finale: Fri 16/7
  • Debrief: Fri 6/8


  • Connect and network with a wide range of employers
  • Build practical employability skills including team work, problem solving, creative thinking, communication, project management
  • Gain further understanding of business practices within a particular industry
  • Develop ability to see a problem from multiple perspectives and tackle it in different ways
  • Make a real contribution to a corporate or not for profit organisation
  • Enhance resume with valuable business experience and recognition on AHEGS

How to apply

Applications are closed.

Find out more

For more information please refer to the FAQs or contact UNSW Employability

Comments from previous participants

"I learned a lot from the experience, which helped me grow personally. I believe I am now more confident in professional settings, and this allows me to improve my networking skills and develop valuable professional contacts” 

"The experience exceeded my expectations in that I went into Univative thinking I wanted to challenge myself and give my best effort to win the competition. I did that with my team, but what I didn’t expect was that I would have so much fun in the process. I built up a strong bond with my teammates and we all gave our best together, which made the experience meaningful and worthwhile. I believe this experience will have a lasting impact on me because of the sheer exposure I got from Univative”


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