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Business idea competition run by University of the Highlands and Islands has £8000 in prize money up for grabs

By Ian Duncan

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Matejj Papp won an engineering prize for his entry to the UHI business competition last year.
Matejj Papp won an engineering prize for his entry to the UHI business competition last year.

Budding entrepreneurs with a great business idea have the chance to get a helping hand courtesy of an annual competition.

The 2022 University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) business competition has opened for entries, with £8000 in prize money up for grabs.

The competition is open to anyone living in the Highlands and Islands, Moray or Perthshire, as well as all students studying across the UHI partnership.

Run by the CREATE centre for remote and sustainable communities based at Inverness College UHI, it aims to support people to take their first steps to starting their own business.

All finalists receive feedback and support from top entrepreneurs and business advisors.

The closing date for entries is noon on March 23.

Last year’s top prize went to Simon Hay, of Fortrose, for his idea featuring a vertical freight farming system designed to grow sustainable crops in Scotland year-round.

Vicky Johnson, director of CREATE , said: “We have seen this business competition change people’s lives by providing them with the confidence and support they need to turn their idea into a reality.”

There are also special prizes for the best engineering ideas, with these awards sponsored by the Engineers in Business Fellowship, a charity promoting the importance and value of business education for engineers.

Matej Papp and Ahmed Nassar took home a £1000 prize last year with their business, Boxfluence, and their idea for a transportable and lightweight portable boxing ring called GoSparTM.

Matej, a personal trainer from Inverness, said: “The UHI business competition is an opportunity to showcase your dreams and passions.”

Apply at www.createhighland.com/learners/competition

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