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What is Ballarat’s Best Ideas?

Ballarat’s Best Ideas is an annual city-wide competition where everyday people give their suggestions to local business and organisations. Following the success of 2021 and 2022, it’s back in 2023!

This year we are encouraging ideas around the theme of People and Planet; actionable ideas that impact sustainability, community, and people. We know Ballarat people are generous and creative, so why not share your great idea today.

Who can participate?

Anyone and any business or organisation.

If you have a positive idea for a local business quickly and easily submit your idea above. We’ll pass it on privately and confidentially.

If you’re a local Ballarat business, register with Suggest it and tell your customers you’d like to hear their great ideas.

When is Ballarat’s Best Ideas?

The 2023 competition is now open and will run until 19 May. If you submit an idea during this time, you could win and Apple or Samsung watch, Trek Bike or an eco-friendly retreat. Prizes are valued between $500 and $599.

What is judged Ballarat’s best ideas and by whom?

We know ideas come in all shapes and sizes, so every Ballarat business that received an idea will be asked to submit their best.

The competition has a simple criteria based on:

  • How unique, creative and novel the idea is
  • The impact the idea will make on the business or organisation
  • How will the idea impact it’s staff or customers, the broader Ballarat community or the environment
  • The commitment from the business to implement the idea.

Most importantly the idea must be positive, constructive and actionable.

Three ideas will be judged the winners by our esteemed panel with representatives from:

  • The City of Ballarat
  • Federation University Australia
  • Crazy Ideas College

What are the prizes?

For the three ideas selected by the panel as the winners:

The Gurus that submitted them will get to choose either an Apple or Samsung watch, Trek Bike or an eco accommodation retreat. Prizes are valued between $500 and $599.

The businesses that received them will each receive $500 in value toward implementing them.

Why should I get involved?

All ideas are welcome and can make a difference.

Not only can you win, but every idea that helps a business is a good idea, no matter how big or small.

Together, the impact we can have as a community will continue to evolve Ballarat as a great place to live, work and play.

Anything else?

The Suggest it Promise

  • It’s positive – we only facilitate ideas that are constructive and actionable
  • It’s private – we don’t share any personal details
  • It’s free – there is no cost to submit or receive an idea

What this means is if you submit an idea, your personal details are not shared with the business. If a business submits your idea into the competition and it wins, we will contact you to seek your permission to be publicly acknowledged.  You still win the prize even if you choose to remain anonymous.

Full terms and conditions can be found here.

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