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The CPA Australia Plan Your Own Enterprise competition encourages secondary school students to apply their business education to a real life scenario.

Working individually or in small groups, participants are asked to devise a creative enterprise idea and submit a business plan, explaining how their great idea could become a profitable business.

For teachers, the competition is a valuable tool to enhance the business education curriculum. For students, it helps to build valuable work and life skills.

CPA Australia partners with Business Educators Australasia to support teachers in developing the next generation of business leaders. Accounting is more than number crunching - the competition requires business insight, practical financial skills and a creative flair for problem solving - all of which are hallmarks of the CPA designation.

Download the entry form (PDF)

Tips for creating a winning plan

Creating a winning plan can be a daunting process. Luckily, The Naked CEO website contains a wealth of resources to help students with their competition entries.

The Naked CEO Alex Malley, chief executive, CPA Australia, is students' 24/7 career mentor – on the web and in the world. His job-seeking and career-building advice helps students to get in and get ahead in their careers.

The website contains must-read information for Plan Your Own Enterprise entrants, including:

How to write a successful business plan
How to create a brilliant business name
Seven things to do before starting a business

Students can also access tips to help them through school, university and their future career, such as how to create your first LinkedIn profile.