The G20 Global Business Challenge (G20 GBC) is a global business competition leveraging the talent from the world’s top graduate schools in collaboration with industry and the research community.

The challenge for 2014 is to develop innovative solutions to use, recycle and/or manage water to achieve beneficial large scale impact.

Competing teams will face off over two rounds to progress to the finals to be held in Brisbane as a lead up to the G20 Leaders Summit.

Round 1 is a virtual round – open to any team of postgraduate students from both business and technical disciplines – where they with pitch their conceptual business solution comprising a combination of new technologies and innovative business and financing models.

Six finalist teams will be selected to attend an intensive two-day lock-in phase where they will be required to address a series of specific constraints reflecting real-world issues to make their solution a reality. Finalists will present to a judging panel of global CEOs and financiers.

Finalist teams will compete for a $US100,000 first prize with a host of other prizes for runners-up and winners of specific categories.     

The competition aims to encourage as much diversity in solution designs as possible. The nature of the issued challenge demands teams to look for highly innovative technologies and design novel business and financing models, that in their different configurations, maximises economic, social and environmental benefit.

Teams are encouraged to collaborate across business and technological domains, between universities, research organisations and with industry. 


Key dates:

14 June 2014 – Team registrations close

25 July 2014 – Round 1 submissions

15 August 2014 – Finalists announced

3-6 November 2014 – Round 2 (finals)


To find out more about the challenge or to register your technology, go to