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Flare Ignite finalists 2021

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 £500.

The winner of the People's Choice and our highly coveted award categories will be announced at a celebratory awards presentation which is taking place online on Thursday 21 October at 17.00.  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. Cast your vote and join us for the awards event.

Award Categories

  • Scalable business award - £3,500  supported by Santander Universities UK
  • Innovation and impact award - £2,500
  • Lifestyle business of the year - £2,000
  • Social impact award - £2,000
  • Engineering in business prize x 2 £1,500 supported by Engineers in Business Fellowship
  • People's choice award - £500

Meet the finalists

Blue Vision

Bishal Saha - Hertfordshire Business School. A non-profit, AI-featured online learning and job-seeking platform developed to teach programming to people with visual impairment.


Vonetta Ragwar - School of Life and Medical Sciences. A social enterprise initiative with a mission to support early childhood learning for vulnerable and marginalised children.

Herts Drone Solution Ltd

Eseroghene George Esiri - School of Physics, Engineering and Computer Science. An innovative business using cutting edge drone technology to deliver bespoke aerial solutions.


Kim Everitt - School of Physics, Engineering and Computer Science. A special education service helping parents on their journey to supporting their children’s development throughout their lives.

Situal Cave

Sidney Prince Barasa and Madung Dung - School of Physics, Engineering and Computer Science. A virtual reality company with a goal to seamlessly integrate simulation and virtual reality technology.

Stenrock Recruitment

Ammar Malik and Shujaat Khan - Hertfordshire Law School. A start-up agency who aim to empower, transform and upskill candidates in order to address current unemployment issues.

Uplifted Magazine

Rosie Grant, Olivia Phillips, Jenny Brennan, Bethany Arnold - School of Humanities. A free, digital platform that empowers a community of women living with life challenging illnesses.

Wavetable Sync

Ben Lowe - School of Creative Arts. Providing music, sound and licensing solutions in one unique production package to the film, TV, gaming and advertising industries.

Wisdom Equestrian

Sophia Roberts - School of Humanities. An equestrian shapewear brand for women that creates the illusion of an hourglass figure, in a high-performing product that is practical for horse-riding.

Éclos Fitness

Charlotte Wilson – School of Humanities

Éclos Fitness offers users a workout journal and logbook to track exercise, diet and monitor personal wellbeing. It’s available to users in a handy PDF that can be downloaded and accessed from their smartphones.

Family Impressions

Shoshana Rose Stern - School of Creative Arts

Family Impressions is a well-being related plaster sculptor product, developed to facilitate art therapy sessions. It has been shown to be particularly beneficial to clients with sensory disorders and identity issues.


Shola Odusanya - School of Creative Arts

Sidikatu is a fashion brand offering bespoke plus-size evening wear in luxurious and sustainable fabric, designed and produced in Shola’s home-based studio.