Winners and runners-up in flare 2017

Congratulations to the winners and runners-up in this year's flare awards!


Best Growth Business

Ibrahim Fagge - Fittfind
Joint Honours

The Best Growth Business prize was awarded to Ibrahim Fagge for his Fittfind app which is designed to pair those looking for fitness services, with a personal trainer to suit their specific training needs.

Clients make payment directly through the app, with payment only being received by the trainer once a client has posted a review of the service received.

As a secondary business, Ibrahim has been working closely with a team of designers and will soon be launching his own line of sportswear under the Fittfind brand.

Best Business

Muna Aziz - Mel Janac
Hertfordshire Business School

The prize for Best Business was awarded to Muna Aziz for her eCommerce retail business, Mel Janac which offers a collection of stylish clothing and accessories to fit a variety of body shapes and sizes.

Products range from elegant gowns and show-stopping prom pieces, to day-wear dresses and skirts.

At no extra cost, customers can choose to have their clothing tailor-made to fit their specific measurements.

Best Idea

Alessio Regalbuto and Devansh Sharma - Xultour
School of Engineering/School of Creative Arts

Alessio and Devansh won the Best Idea prize for their Virtual Reality app, Xultour, which is designed to enhance e-learning, advertising and tourism.

Taking advantage of the latest 360-degree video technology, Xultour offers users the opportunity to benefit from virtual tours, educational experiences and everyday event footage, all in one convenient mobile phone application.

flare Ignite

Sam Marchant and Ollie Vagg - Suzero
School of Life and Medical Sciences

The flare Ignite prize was awarded to sports science students Sam and Oliver who have developed a low sugar, dairy and gluten free cake bar with 100% natural ingredients.

Selling over 500 bars in their first month of trading they have now moved into a commercial kitchen where they produce and package the bars in-house.

The team are currently in talks with multiple retailers with the hope of promoting their healthy snack bars to a wider audience.

People's Choice Award

Andrew Massingham - Create A Story
Hertfordshire Business School

Andrew received the People's Choice Award for his business idea, Create A Story which offers a fun, learning experience for 6 - 11 year olds who want to write their own creative and imaginative stories.

The aim of the book is to enhance the importance of creative writing, as a skill that can be taught and developed over an individual’s entire childhood.

Established in 2016, Andrew plans to start trading by early 2018.

flare finalists

flare Ignite nominees

This year eight student groups were chosen to represent their respective schools, to be nominated for a flare Ignite award. Nominees were: