flare is the University of Hertfordshire’s annual business start-up competition which supports and encourages students and alumni to launch and develop new innovative businesses.
The competition offers our budding entrepreneurs support and training to help bring their ideas to life.
Hertfordshire Business School regularly features winners and finalists in the flare competition.
Mel Janac - Best Business Award
Mel Janac - The ecommerce business selling on-trend, custom fit occasion-wear.
Winning the best business for the flare competition was unexpected! Especially when I look at the other outstanding entries this year. I've met so many amazing people and made many new business connections. I still can't quite believe my success and how many people have congratulated me. The University has given me the tools which will help me succeed in the business, and it all began with flare.
Create A Story - People's Choice Award
Create A Story - The activity book where children write their own stories.
flare helps you take that first step towards running your business. Winning the People’s Choice Award has given me confidence that people value my product and would buy it.
Zap Intelligent Solutions
Zap Intelligent Solutions - The IT business, delivering software development solutions and ecommerce platforms to clients globally.
flare 2017 was inspirational. As a finalist, I have developed self-confidence building my dreams.
Zap Intelligent Solutions started as a simple idea and has turned into a growing IT business. I strongly encourage students, graduates and young entrepreneurs to embrace flare and all the opportunities it brings.
Tanuki Training - A programme to deliver strength and conditioning camps for 15-18-year olds.
The flare competition was a great experience for us and an amazing opportunity. We found the live pitch session to be the most valuable experience throughout the whole competition. It helped us to look at our project from all angles and strengthen our perception of the essence of Tanuki Training. The flare Awards Evening was a great opportunity to communicate with the audience and get the word out about our project.
Charfire - The high-quality leather handbag brand, featuring a unique marble style print pattern.
We found the flare competition to be eye opening and it really helped us to realise the areas we need to work on for Charfire in the near future.
Lunaire Events - An online events platform where clients can find events planner and plan their own event.
We want to say a big thank you to the Enterprise team - we wouldn't be where we are without your support. Although we weren't among the winners, we now have a great business plan, and are in early stages of operation. We’re so proud to be considered good enough to compete with the amazing finalists!