UHI Business Competition 2023


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‘Since winning the competition, so many doors have opened. It gave me confirmation that my wee dream might someday become a reality, because someone else – the competition judges – believed in me and my idea.’

Ciara Bow, UHI Business Competition winner 2022

What’s your winning idea? content

What’s your winning idea?

The UHI Business Competition, run by CREATE Highlands and Islands Hub for Enterprise and Innovation, gives you the opportunity to pitch your business idea with the chance to win cash and other benefits to help make your innovation a reality!

CREATE have a total prize fund this year of £8,000 plus accountancy and legal packages offered by Johnston Carmichael and Harper Macleod LLP. The competition is open to:

  • All students across our partnership – whatever course you are studying
  • Anyone over the ages of 16 living in Argyll and Bute, Highlands and Islands, Moray, or Perthshire

Applicants can enter individually or as a group and the closing date for entries is noon on Tuesday 18 April, all you need to do is register for an online account on CREATE’s website and answer the following 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 (includes spaces) to answer each question and you can save your entry multiple times before finally submitting.  So, what are you waiting for?! 

Shortlisted entries will be invited to pitch their business idea to a panel of judges on Sunday 14 May 2023 and winners will be announced at the finals event that evening.

Terms and conditions apply.