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Inverness College UHI Business Competition 2017

Ever thought you could improve on an existing product or service?  Ever had an idea to solve a problem in the community or improve the lot of a particular group of people?  Recently set up an innovative business in the local area?  Then the Inverness College UHI Business Competition is for you!

This year there is a total prize fund of £5,000 and the competition is open for entries to any student enrolled at a University of the Highlands and Islands college as well as all residents aged 16 years or over living in the Highlands and Islands, Moray and Perthshire who have a business idea they want to progress, or who have recently started up in business but have not been trading prior to 31 October 2016.  (Full terms and conditions are available here, please confirm eligibilty prior to registering your entry.) 

Simple to enter - the competition asks 4 main questions -
  1. Explain your business idea - what will be special about your business; what need are you fulfilling; why will customers choose your business?
  2. What inspired you to think of this idea?
  3. Who will your customers be - age range, specific interests, mixed groups?
  4. What will you need to make your business idea a reality - premises, equipment, people, funding, etc?
Access the online application process by clicking on the pink chick icon below.  If you have more than one idea, submit them all individually.  You may submit as many separate applications as you wish.

Completed entries must be received by midnight on Tuesday, 31 October 2017 to be eligible for a share of the £5,000 (with some prizes requiring further paperwork to be completed before funding can be released). 

Shortlisted candidates must be available to attend the Finals Day on Thursday, 23 November 2017 at Inverness College UHI when they will discuss their idea with our panel of expert judges and attend the prizegiving event in the evening.

Good luck!

To enter click on the pink chick icon below.


Many thanks to the following for their sponsorship and support:

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.