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University of the Highlands and Islands Business Competition 2021/22

Competition is now closed for entries 


Ready, Set, Go! What's your winning idea?

The University of the Highlands and Islands business competition is now 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. 

Our generous sponsors have donated a total prize fund of £8,000 as well as accountancy and legal packages offered by Johnston Carmichael and Harper Macleod LLP. 

The closing date for entries has been extended to midday on 29th March 2022 with shortlisting taking place soon after.  The finalists will then be invited to pitch to our judges on 25th May 2022 and from there the judges will make their final decisions with the winners being announced at our finals event that evening.  

   📣 Shout out to Engineering students 📣

Engineers in Business Fellowship (EIBF) are sponsoring prize(s) of up to £3,000.  If you are an engineering student/alumnus from a Scottish university then you have an even greater chance of winning some of the prize pot!  Your entry doesn't need to be an engineering idea and you can enter individually or as a group. Matej, seen below, along with his business partner Ahmed, entered in 2021 and was an EIBF winner.

Simply enter online by answering 4 main questions:-
  1. Explain your business idea.
  2. What inspired you to think of the idea?
  3. Who will your customers be?
  4. What will you need to make your idea a reality?
You have up to 2,000 characters (which includes spaces) to answer each question and you can save your entry multiple times before finally submitting.  So what are you waiting for - ready, set, go!  

Terms and conditions apply.


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