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Inverness College UHI Business Competition 2017

Congratulations to everyone who entered this year's competition and in particular to our finalists. From over 115 entries, 14 entrants were shortlisted and went on to attend the awards ceremony held at Inverness College UHI on Thursday, 23rd November where Matt Stevenson of Carbon Dynamic was keynote speaker.

During the day, finalists from all over the Highlands and Islands pitched their business idea to a panel of expert judges for a chance to win a share of £5,000 prize money as well as award packages from Johnston Carmichael and Harper Macleod LLP.

The competition encourages and supports students and members of the community to develop their enterprising skills and attributes by developing a business idea, presenting their idea and 'making it happen'.

Our winners comprised of students studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) and members of the community.
  • Top Prize AND Most Innovative and Creative Business Award went to student, Paul Beaulieu who won £1,500 in prize money as well as a Johnston Carmichael accountancy package and Harper Macleod LLP legal package. Paul is currently studying for an HND in Engineering Sysyems at Inverness College UHI.
  • Emma-Mae Allen a Business Student studying at Inverness College UHI won Youth Entrepreneurship Award.
  • Caroline Sutherland a pre-apprentice Electrical Installation and Renewables student studying at Inverness College UHI won Best Further Education Student Business Award.
  • Liam Patrick a Business student studying at Inverness College UHI won Best Higher Education Student Business Award.
  • Martin Zweifel a Business student at Lews Castle College UHI won Best Culture and Environment Business Award.
  • Gina MacDonald a Fine Art student at Lews Castle College UHI won Best Social Impact Business Award.
  • Sarah Speakman won Best Commercial Business Award.
  • Harrison Wood a Business student at Lews Castle College UHI won Best Presentation Award.
Congratulations to all our winners!
Finally, many grateful thanks to the following for their sponsorship and support:The
University of the Highlands and Islands, Inverness College UHI,  Business Gateway, Developing the Young Workforce (DYW), Harper Macleod LLP, Impact Hub Inverness, In Your Element, Johnston Carmichael and Prince's Trust Enterprise Programme.