Entries open for business competition

Budding entrepreneurs across the north of Scotland are being encouraged to showcase their talent with entries now open for the 2016 Inverness College UHI Business Competition.

Now in its 11th year, the competition offers aspiring businessmen and women the opportunity to take their first steps into business.


With a prize fund of £8,000, awards will go to finalists with the best presentation, best researched idea and best engineering and technology idea. Other honours include prizes for most innovative idea, best commercial idea and the youth entrepreneurship award.

The competition is organised by Create, Inverness College UHI’s Centre for Enterprise and Innovation.

Carol Langston, head of Create, said: “Here in the Highlands and Islands, we have a wealth of entrepreneurial flair and we would encourage anyone with a business idea to enter and win some of the £8,000 cash prize as well as gain personalised support from experts to develop their idea or existing early stage business.”

Finalists will gather at the Inverness College UHI campus on November 24 to meet the judging panel and attend the awards ceremony, with Magnus Houston as the motivational speaker. After an accident put a stop to the entrepreneur’s motorcycle racing career, he bounced back by founding Coast and Glen, which now sells fresh sea produce across Europe in the form of “fish boxes” delivered to the home.

To enter, participants should log on to www.createhighland.com, answer four questions and give a 50 word summary on their idea.

The competition is open to anyone living in the Highlands and Islands, Perthshire or Moray aged 16 years or over or a student studying at the University of the Highlands or Islands. No business plan is required.

The deadline for entries is November 3.

For more information about courses and opportunities at Inverness College UHI, visit www.inverness.uhi.ac.uk or contact 01463 27 3000.

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