• Victoria Tourism Industry Council (VTIC)
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VTIC Student Entrepreneurial Award

In 2018 the Victoria Tourism Industry Council (VTIC) established an award for tertiary students to support and encourage new ideas and the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation. In 2019, six tertiary institutions – Victoria University, Holmesglen Institute, La Trobe University, William Angliss Institute, The Hotel School and Melbourne Polytechnic participated in this industry development initiative. Each institution encouraged their student population to enter an entrepreneurial visitor economy related business idea.


The purpose of the Award is to:

  • Support and encourage new ideas and the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation amongst students
  • Inspire innovative thinking of young people in relation to the visitor economy
  • Grow industry engagement opportunities for tertiary students

The Project

Applicants may propose undertaking any project that will contribute to the development of the visitor economy. Entries are encouraged to be entrepreneurial, and a financially viable business concept. Ideas presented should satisfy a current or future need in the visitor economy and may be submitted by a team or individual, in any format.

The project must be undertaken by a team or individual currently studying at Certificate, Diploma or Degree level or higher with a participating institution.

Entrance Requirements

The Award is open to international and domestic students, who may be enrolled in any program with the participating institution. The project may be undertaken by an individual or a team. The individual or team may be studying in any field, it does not need to be related to the visitor economy. The entry can be in any format, as determined by the team or individual, however the team or individual must submit a business case (of no more than 5 pages) to support the entry.


Thank you to our 2019 supporting partners Peninsula Hot Springs and Phillip Island Nature Parks for making the award possible.


For questions and information please contact Kate Rickwood on 03 8662 5339 or krickwood@vtic.com.au.

Applications for the 2020 VTIC Student Entrepreneurial Award will open in early 2020.

2019 Winners - Melbourne Polytechnic

2018 Winners - Holmesglen Institute