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University of the Highlands and Islands Business Competition 2020/21

Winners Announced

 

The prizes for the 2021 University of the Highlands and Islands Business Competition were:

 
  • Top prize of £1,000 and a combined legal and accountancy package worth £2,000 – sponsored by Johnston Carmichael and Harper Macleod LLP and won by Simon Hay.
  • Best Engineer prize of £1,000 – sponsored by Engineers in Business Fellowship and won by Matej Papp and Ahmed Nassar
  • Best Presentation prize of £1,000 – sponsored by Engineers in Business Fellowship and won by Steve Hunt
  • Best Researched prize of £1,000 – sponsored by Engineers in Business Fellowship and won by Marc Forbes
  • Best Student prize of £1,000 – sponsored by the University of the Highlands and Islands and won by Holly Richardson
  • Most Innovative prize of £750 – sponsored by Northern Innovation Hub and won by Simon Hay
  • Youth Entrepreneurship prize of £750 – sponsored by Impact 30 and won by Stewart Maclennan
  • Best Commercial prize of £750 – sponsored by The Apprentice Store, Jimmy Hendry (Master Plumber) and Impact Hub Inverness and won by Holly Philp
  • Best Social Impact prize of £750 – sponsored by The Apprentice Store, Jimmy Hendry (Master Plumber) and Impact Hub Inverness and won by Lauren Pyott
  • Accountancy Package – sponsored by Johnston Carmichael and won by Sarah Speakman


The competition was open for entries to any student enrolled at a University of the Highlands and Islands’ college or research centre as well as residents aged 16 years or over living in the Highlands and Islands, Moray and Perthshire. 

With a total of 90 entries, our judges had the unenviable job of reducing this down to our 15 finalists.  These finalists were invited to pitch to our judges on 20th May 2021 and from there the judges made their final decisions which were announced at our first ever virtual finals event that evening.  

7 of our finalists were students from across the partnership of the Universiry of the Highlands and Islands and 4 of them went on to win Best Researched, Best Presentation, Best Student and the Youth Entrepreneurship Award.  For further information on our finalists check out our News page and News - University of the Highlands and Islands Business Competition - 2021 Winners Announced- Inverness College UHI.

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This year, the finals event was run virtually and included a Big Night in Box posted out to all attendees prior to the event to be openeed on the night.   

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Sponsors

Many thanks to the following for their sponsorship and support:
 
University of the Highlands and Islands, Inverness College UHI, The Apprentice Store,  Engineers in Business Fellowship, Harper Macleod LLP, Impact 30, Impact Hub Inverness, Jimmy Hendry (Master Plumber), Johnston Carmichael and Northern Innovation Hub.