All you need to know about COSBOA Innovation Games Victoria 2018

August 10, 2018
By Judith Baeta


Paddl Games has teamed up with COSBOA (Council of Small Business Organisations Australia) which is a council made up of 29 organisations representing 600,000 small and medium businesses across Australia to run one of the most exciting Innovation Challenges for emerging talent ever!

Sponsored by the Victorian Statement Government, the COSBOA Innovation Games (Victoria) 2018 is a series of 5 one-day innovation challenges across Victoria. Each of the 5 days is supported by a major corporate organisation including AGL Energy, Australia Post and Canon.

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Stay up to date with us here as we unveil new dates and sponsors soon!

5 Days, 5 major Sponsors for 5 Innovation Challenges

COSBOA Innovation Games Victoria 2018 will involve a total of 50 businesses, 300 Victorian students and graduates and 200 employees coming together to form diverse innovation teams.

For each day, 60 Victorian tertiary students and graduates will be chosen to participate in an Innovation Challenge and join an Innovation Team of 10 people, each with a different skill set and level of experience, to be allocated to one of the 50 participating businesses to solve a real problem.

[NEW] AGL sponsor for Innovation Games Day 1

AGL and the Victorian Government have sponsored the first of the Innovation Games in the COSBOA Innovation Games (Victoria) 2018 series.


  • Innovation Challenge focus: “Optimising the use of energy”, supported by AGL.
  • When: Thursday, 6th September 2018 from 8.30am-6pm
  • Where: Hastings (VIC). Calling all students and grads or residents the Mornington Penisula!

Apply to take part in the Challenge!

[NEW] Australia Post to sponsor Innovation Games Day 2

Australia Post has joined the Victorian Government to support the second of the COSBOA Innovation Games (Victoria) 2018 in an event focused on ideas to grow local business in regional Victoria.


  • Innovation Challenge focus: “Growing your business”, supported by Australia Post .
  • When: Wednesday, 12th September 2018 from 8.30-6pm.
  • Where: Bendigo (VIC). Calling all students, grads and residents from the great Bendigo region!

Apply to take part in the Challenge!


What's in it for participants?

You will bring your experience, knowledge and willingness to participate in an exciting day of brainstorming, ideating and designing solutions that will be pitched to a professional jury at the end of the day.

The Paddl Games facilitators will help you every step of the way: supporting you, teaching you critical and design thinking techniques, and other techniques and tips so you will be successful (and have lots of fun!) on the day.

You will have the opportunity to apply for jobs with local businesses and also network with employers and other participants. Plus, there are awesome prizes to be won!

Want in?

These are all the opportunities available to join COSBOA Innovation Games Victoria 2018. Find out which is the right one for you and stay tuned for more updates coming up soon!

Check out the experiences of other students and graduates in previous Paddl Games events.