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Vote now! Join us for the 2020 awards

flare ignite

Our enterprise ideas challenge, flare ignite, is a highly competitive annual competition giving budding Herts students and alumni entrepreneurial support and training to bring their business ideas to life. The finalists are competing for some top prizes and you can cast your vote now for your favourite business in the People's Choice Award, which has a cash prize of up to £1,000.

The winner of the People's Choice and our the highly coveted award categories will be announced at a celebratory awards presentation which is taking place online on Thursday 22 October at 16:00 - book your place now.

This year, more than any other, our finalists have overcome unprecedented challenges to kick start their business ideas. Please show your support by voting now and joining us for the awards event.

Award Categories

Scalable business award - £8,000 supported by Santander Universities UK
Innovation and impact award - £5,000  
Lifestyle business of the year - £2,000
Social impact award - £2,000  
People's choice award - £1,000

Meet our finalists

Ekene Quincy Ukemenam - Aerial Icon Ltd

School of Engineering and Computer Science Alumni

Aerial Icon is an aerial filming and surveying company that provides affordable drone filming solutions to other businesses.

Kennedy Mashanda - Aries VR

School of Engineering and Computer Science Alumni

The mission of Aries VR is to accelerate pilot training using the power of immersive technologies and artificial intelligence.

Nina Tara - Courageous Art Therapy

School of Creative Arts Alumni

Courageous Art Therapy works with primary schools to help children impacted by developmental issues, trauma and a variety of other issues.

Jhanae Yearwood-Harji and Carlos Trigo Amador - House Cleaners Ltd

Jhanae is a Hertfordshire Business School Alumni

House Cleaners Ltd provides in-depth cleaning to student accommodation and private residential homes.

Ruoyang Liu (Morchen) - Mochic Ltd

School of Creative Arts Alumni

Mochic is a contemporary fashion label which aims to slow down fashion waste with gender-neutral and modularised brand DNA.

Amal Jolly - NokNok

Hertfordshire Law School Alumni

NokNok is an on-demand delivery service that delivers drinks, snacks, groceries and essentials from the local convenience stores under 30 mins via a simple app.

Arsalan Rahi and Hassan Raza - Rahio Ltd

School of Engineering and Computer Science

Rahio works with driving assistive technology, a step towards the autonomous vehicles.

Joy Clyne - “Under the Umbrella”

Hertfordshire Business School Alumni

Joy’s book "Under the Umbrella" is a collection of personal and expressive poems.

M. Adil Akhtar and Usama Shafique - EV Solutions

EV Solutions plan to offer the installation, troubleshooting and maintenance of electric charging points for electric vehicles. Having identified a shortage of charging points in relation to the number of electric vehicles on the road, Muhammad and Usama hope to address this problem by installing points in both domestic and commercial locations, and at a much more affordable price than their competitors.

Vote now!

Help us pick the winner of the People's Choice Award decided by public vote, and help them kick start their business with a cash prize of up to £1,000. Voting is open now and closes at midnight on Wednesday 21 October.

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Feeling inspired?

If you have an idea or want to talk over how to take your idea to the next step take a look at some of the upcoming support on offer.