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STUDENTS TAKE 6 OUT OF 10 PRIZES AT UNIVERSITY OF THE HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS BUSINESS IDEA COMPETITION

Nine students from colleges throughout the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) including Lews Castle, Inverness and Orkney, were finalists in the 2015 Business Idea Competition. Shortlisted from over 110 applicants, students were able to pitch their business idea to a panel of expert judges for a chance to win a share of over £8,000 prize money.

Organised by CREATE (Highlands and Islands Centre for Enterprise and Innovation at Inverness College UHI) and supported by Bridge to Business,the annual competition allows students from Highlands and Islands, Moray,Argyll and Perthshire to win funding to help them go on to develop their business idea.

The competition encourages and supports students to develop their enterprising skills and attributes by developing a business idea,presenting their idea and ‘making it happen.’ Top prize and Best Commercial Idea, totalling £2,500, went to David Plested, currently studying for a BA in Visual Communication and Design at Inverness College UHI.

At the Finals Award Ceremony, we had past winners (some from just last year) showing where their ideas have progressed to. We were also joined by Richard Davies (formerly of Wild West Beef Jerky, now Meatsnacks Group) as the evening’s keynote speaker. Richard engaged the audience with tales of his entrepreneurial journey.

Congratulations to all our winners!