Compete and develop a business solution for a real business in our BlueShift competition.

High school business competition

BlueShift is a business case competition for secondary school students. Students work in small teams to develop real business solutions for a real business.

Participants compete in teams of three or four to analyse the business challenge and prepare a written solution to a real business case.

Teams with the best submissions present their ideas to a panel of judges at the BlueShift finals held at our Gardens Point campus in Brisbane.

We’ve been running this competition since 2014 and had over 145 teams compete.

2021 competition update

Following the advice from government agencies regarding restrictions on non-essential gatherings and travel, and understanding the continuing uncertainty and impact of COVID-19 on schools across Australia, we have made the decision to postpone the QUT Business School BlueShift 2021 competition.

We appreciate that BlueShift is an investment of your time and we thank you for your interest and willingness to participate. We look forward to holding the competition at a later date, when all teams have the ability and capacity to be involved.

In the meantime, there are plenty of resources available to help you prepare for BlueShift’s return as well as give you real-world experience in developing business solutions.

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How to enter

Interested in competing in the next BlueShift competition, find out how you can enter a team, the details for the next competition, the process and eligibility.

Enter the competition

Prepare for the competition

Find the resources you need to create your business case submission including what to include in your business proposal.

Competition resources

Why compete?

Real world cases

When you participate in BlueShift, you’ll:

  • apply what you’ve learnt and work in a team on a real-world business case
  • develop relevant business skills such as professional presentations, financial analysis and creative problem-solving
  • gain valuable insights into the business industry.

Networking opportunities

Finalists have the unique opportunity to meet and network with:

  • other BlueShift competitors from around the world
  • QUT Business school staff and alumni
  • our award-winning international business case competition team of QUT students
  • business industry professionals.

Working with real businesses

We work with real businesses to provide participants the opportunity to address real-world business challenges.

Competition prizes

First place

Each member of the winning team receives:

  • a $2,000 QUT Business School Scholarship
  • a $250 EFTPOS card
  • a prize pack from our sponsors.

Your school also receives a $3,000 cash prize from QUT Business School.

Second place

Each member of the team in 2nd place receives:

  • a $100 EFTPOS card
  • a prize pack from our sponsors.

Third place

Each member of the team in 3rd place receives:

  • a $50 EFTPOS card
  • a prize pack from our sponsors.

2019 BlueShift Winners

Champion team

QAHS Consulting - Queensland Academics - Health Sciences

Second place

Team Somerville - Somerville House

Third place

Tenacious Top Dogs - Bundaberg North State High School

BlueShift sponsors

Primary sponsors

Accomodation partner

Prize sponsors

Become a sponsor

By becoming a sponsor of BlueShift you’ll support young leaders in their business career goals. Reach an audience of local and international high school students, and connect with the wider QUT Business School community.

If you're interested in sponsoring BlueShift or would like more information, contact us.

Contact us

Interested in participating in our BlueShift business case competition or partnering with us, contact us.