How to apply and competition timetable

Check out the competition key dates below. To enter, complete your round 1 questions and submit via Handshake.

Competition timetable

Date Flare event Please note
6 January 2025
Competition opensFlare 2025 competition opens for entries
7 February 2025
Round 1 entry deadline Only eligible entries will be considered (subject to the terms and conditions). Round 1 entries must be submitted by 23:59. 
21 February 2025
Successful entrants notified Round 1 results will be announced by email to all applicants.
11 April 2025
Round 2 canvas deadline Closing date for canvas submission.
9 May 2025
Round 2 results announced All successful applicants will need to confirm participation in the final and agree to attend all relevant support sessions to prepare for their finalist pitches.
To be confirmed
June 2025
People's Choice Awards open for voting  
10 June 2025
Flare Finalists' Pitching Day All finalists will need to be available on this date to pitch their business ideas to the judging panel.
25 June 2024
All Finalists to attend lunchtime awards event Finalists will be given an opportunity to network and promote their businesses to attendees. Prizes will be awarded after a buffet lunch and drinks reception