About the competition

The Flare competition is split into three rounds. The enterprise team will be available to offer feedback and advice at each stage of the competition.

  • Round 1 – submit your entry on Handshake
  • Round 2 – write a Business Model Canvas for your idea
  • Round 3 – finalists only – present a short elevator pitch to a panel of judges, followed by a question and answer session.

Round 1

All entrants will be required to:

  • submit your round 1 entry via Handshake. Please make sure you answer all of the questions
  • provide your name and student number.

Round 2

All entrants will be required to:

  • attend the workshops and bootcamp events, to learn how to create your Business Model Canvas
  • write a full-page Business Model Canvas
  • submit your canvas by email to the Enterprise Team.

You will receive a business canvas template from the enterprise team. All applicants must adhere to the requested word count! You must attend the Enterprise Bootcamp to learn how to complete your Business Model Canvas.

Results will be announced by email. Successful entrants will need to confirm that they want to continue into the final.

Round 3

Entrants progressing to the final will be required to:

  • present a short elevator pitch and be prepared to answer questions from the judging panel
  • the quality of your elevator pitch, answers to the panel's questions and the way you present yourself as an aspiring entrepreneur will be taken into consideration when the overall prize winners are decided.

Finalists will also be required to:

  • attend the pitch prep bootcamp event
  • attend a lunchtime awards ceremony in June.
  • finalists may be required to pre-record their pitches for the purpose of a People's Choice vote. These pitches will be uploaded onto the UH website for audience members to view.

Results will be announced during the awards event.

Award categories

Healthcare and wellbeing award

Do you have an innovative idea that could disrupt and benefit the healthcare and wellbeing fields? Ideas may include but are not limited to sports and physical activity, nutrition, social care, health-related services and products including apps and accessories.

Breakthrough science and new technologies

Do you have an idea working at the cutting-edge of science and/or new technologies? This category is open to anyone with an idea with that applies science and technology to solve a problem. Ideas can be based in any industry sector, including but not limited to: AgriTech, BioTech, EdTech, FinTech, FoodTech, HealthTech, GreenTech, IT, life sciences, digital technologies, software/electronics development.

Creative entrepreneurship award

Do you have a creative business idea or business with enough flair to win this category? You do not need to be studying a creative arts subject to enter this category, but your idea or business should be positioned in the creative industries space. Ideas may include, but are not limited to screen arts, design, performing arts, fashion, publishing and broadcasting, advertising, architecture, photography or gaming.

Impactful entrepreneurship award

Do you have a socially minded business or idea with the potential to tackle a social and/or environmental challenge and drive change? If so, this category is for you. Entries in this category can include but are not limited to social enterprises

Flare entrepreneur of the year award

This award is selected by the judges from all shortlisted Flare finalists.

People's choice award

As voted for by the audience.

Engineers in Business Fellowship award

Supported by the Engineers in Business Fellowship, this award is available to entrants whose teams are made up of engineers or to multidisciplinary teams that include at least one engineer. Ideas must have an engineering focus to qualify for this prize.

Judging the competition

The judging panel has been carefully selected from professionals and practitioners of different ages and genders. All have been chosen for their knowledge and experience in business and entrepreneurship.

The judging process for the Flare competition is challenging but fair.


Judging will be based on the level of innovation and feasibility of your idea, as well as the detail, research and innovation displayed in the business canvas.

Flare final judging will be based on the quality of your elevator pitch, the ability to answer the panel's questions and the way you present yourself as an aspiring entrepreneur.