ASEAN Virtual Business Plan Competition

University of New England Business School invites you to take part in this fantastic opportunity to apply your studies in an international arena, be mentored by international experts and be in the running to win a trip overseas for some completely unique business experience.

The ASEAN Business Plan competition is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian-ASEAN Council (AAC) of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and involves institutions in three countries: Rangsit University in Thailand, Universiti Teknologi MARA in Malaysia and the University of New England in Australia. Each of these three universities will organise a national business plan competition and the winning teams from each country will pitch their ideas virtually to a panel of international judges.

The winning Australian team will be mentored to develop their idea into a business while the winning team in the international competition will receive, in addition to business mentoring, a visit to one of the ASEAN countries to explore an export market for their product.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Key Dates

Registration to participate in the competition is now closed in all three countries. We have received Expressions of Interest from several ASEAN countries including Indonesia, Cambodia, Bhutan and Vietnam as well as Thailand and Malaysia so that the competition is truly ASEAN.


Owners of successful ideas invited to submit
a  full business plan

16 March 201831 March 20184 April 2018
Submission of full business plans close31 May 201830 April 201830 April 2018
National Competitions21 June 20187 May 201810 May 2018
International Competition3 July 20183 July 20183 July 2018

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The focus is now on preparing the selected individuals or teams to submit their business plans. Workshops were held in Thailand and Malaysia on preparing business plans and pitching ideas.

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Resources have been provided to assist participants to prepare their plans. Please send any questions you have about the competition or business plan to the contact person in your country. Some of the answers to your question may have been addressed on the Frequently Asked Questions page.


There are limited places for the national competition in each country. To submit your final business plan, save it as a PDF document, then log on to the submission page for your country to complete all required fields and upload your document. A copy of your entry will be emailed to your address as confirmation that your submission has been received. Be assured that your business plan will be handled confidentially and only the judges will have access to them.

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Sponsors are invited to support the competition in cash or in-kind.

More information for Sponsors


For more information contact the following:


Associate Professor Bernice Kotey
UNE Business School
University of New England.
Tel: + 61 2 6773 2830

Download competition poster- Australia


Assistant Professor Dr Kathy Terdpaopong
Faculty of Accountancy, Rangsit University
52/347 Paholyotin Road
Pathumthani 11110, Thailand.
Tel: +66 2 997 2200 Ext 1067

Download competition poster- Thailand


Professor Dr Normah Haji Omar
Accounting Research Institute (ARI) Level 12, SAAS Building, 40450
Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Malaysia.  
Tel: 603-55444924

Download competiton poster - Malaysia

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