Summit sponsorship prospectus

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Dear potential partner

Since the first conference over 10 years ago, ACEN has been committed to providing opportunities for collaboration, sharing innovations and providing inspiration that allows our broad and valued community of WIL researches and practitioners to excel. In these exceptional times when we can’t physically get together, we understand the importance of networking and professional development remains as critical as ever.  As such, we are excited to deliver our first ever WIL Virtual Summit on the 27th – 28th October, 2020.

RMIT and Deakin University are collaborating to ensure our WIL Virtual Summit 2020 provides exceptional connections for universities, industry partners, government, and community organisations worldwide. Without the constraints of travel expenses, professional development has never been more accessible and we hope to increase attendance beyond our planned traditionally located conference capacity to welcome more than 400+ stakeholders across 75 organisations from Australia and beyond.

We are thrilled to launch our WIL Virtual Summit 2020 Sponsorship Prospectus. Here you will find more information about Australian Collaborative Education Network Ltd. (ACEN) and how you can support the WIL Virtual Summit 2020.

We thank you for taking the time to read our Sponsorship Prospectus, and look forward to working with you as a proud sponsor of the WIL Virtual Summit 2020. If you have any questions, feel free to email us at


Judie Kay
Chair, ACEN Conference Committee

‘Australia’s future depends on strong partnerships.  Enterprises, educators and the community, working together, improve the quality and capacity of our education systems and the innovation, breadth and competitiveness of our economy. These linkages are crucial if we are to succeed in meeting the challenges and opportunities presented by rapidly changing global realities.’

National WIL Strategy

About Us:

The Australian Collaborative Education Network Limited (ACEN) is the peak professional association for practitioners and researchers from the higher education sector, industry, community, and government representatives, involved in Work Integrated Learning (WIL) in Australia. ACEN provides strategic leadership for WIL research, scholarship and practice in Australia and was instrumental in developing the National WIL Strategy in collaboration with Universities Australia, Australian Chamber of Commerce (ACCI), Australian Industry Group (AIG) and the Business Council of Australia (BCA).

WIL Virtual Summit 2020 Organising Committee:

The WIL Virtual Summit 2020 Committee is a sub-committee of the ACEN Board. This committee brings together leaders of WIL research and practice from across Australia. The members of the 2020 Organising Committee are:

  • Judie Kay, RMIT
  • Leoni Russell, RMIT
  • Lisa Milne, Deakin University
  • Kathryn Whitney, Deakin University
  • Susan Rowland, University of Queensland
  • Rachel Baron, LaTrobe University

What is WIL?

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) is an ‘umbrella term for a range of approaches and strategies that integrate theory with the practice of work within a purposefully designed curriculum’. Specifically, WIL is aimed at improving the employability of graduates by giving them valuable practical experience which is directly related to courses being studied at university. WIL also improves the transition from university to work and productivity outcomes for the employer and the economy. WIL currently exists in various forms including: internships; cooperative education; work placements; industry based projects; community based learning; clinical rotations; innovation incubators; micro- placements.

The Event – Australia’s Premier WIL Virtual Summit 2020

Hosted via Zoom, the WIL Virtual Summit 2020 will be held on Tuesday, October 27 and Wednesday, October 28, 2020. A globally recognised event which attracts those interested in engaging industry and higher education stakeholders, developing the capacity of Australia to respond to rapidly changing global realities and the dynamic future of work.

The Numbers

We expect the Virtual Summit 2020 will be even larger than our traditional located conferences, and we hope you will join us as we take our ACEN WIL Summit VIRTUAL. We anticipate over 400 attendees from 75 universities, industry and community partners with national and international presenters. This is an invaluable opportunity to network via the Padlet discussion board and virtual social events, and build awareness for your organisation and brand among an audience of academics and professionals from around Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific.

  • 21 Webinar Showcases

  • 5 Roundtable Discussions

  • 50+ Speakers

  • 400+ Registrants

  • 2-day Online Discussion Board

  • 1 Keynote Address

Why Partner?

The WIL Virtual Summit 2020 is the best way to enhance your connections with academics, students, graduates, and alumni. We invite government agencies, the corporate sector, medium and small enterprises, training and educational institutions to participate in this event through sponsorship. This opportunity will connect you with some of Australia’s leading innovative universities with whom you can engage to improve future graduate employability.

As one of our WIL Virtual Summit 2020 partners, we are pleased to provide sponsors with the following opportunities:

  • Acknowledgement in our marketing and promotional activities, associating your company with the next generation of work ready graduates.
  • Network with ACEN members, giving you an opportunity to use the event and participants as a way to attract new investment in your company or organisation.
  • Access to the Virtual Summit delegate list, giving you the opportunity to follow up with key stakeholders at the conclusion of the Virtual Summit.

Key Virtual Summit 2020 Sponsorship Opportunity $2,500*

  • Recognition on the ACEN Virtual Summit 2020 website with hyperlinks to your company: Your logo will appear as a valued partner on all pages of our Virtual Summit website.
  • Acknowledgement at Virtual Summit Opening and Closing address
  • Logo displayed on Virtual Summit discussion board (Padlet) throughout the 2 day Virtual Summit
  • Logo displayed on all attendee registration confirmation emails
  • Access to the webinar participant list
  • 1 complimentary registration for the Virtual Summit
  • Acknowledgement of sponsorship in media releases

*All prices are Australian dollars, and are inclusive of goods and services tax (GST)

Engagement with the WIL Virtual Summit is not limited to this options: if you have specific interest or proposal for how you wish to engage, or for more information please contact our sponsorship team.

If you would like to sponsor both the 2020 Virtual summit and the planned 2021 ACEN Conference in Melbourne, please contact our sponsorship team:

Key Sponsorship Contacts: