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Financial Support and Competitions for Start-up businesses (flare Ignite/Enterprise Fund)

This article contains information on financial support and competitions for start-up businesses.

Who do I need? 

Herts Enterprise - This service provides support to students and graduates thinking about setting up their own business. 

What we offer? 

We run an annual competition and funding initiative in which students and graduates can apply for financial backing to kick start their own business; these are as follows:

flare Ignite: Our annual start-up competition that gives students and graduates the opportunity to kick start their business.

  • Applicants can enter the competition with either an innovative idea or a recently launched business.
  • Entrants are required to submit a video entry in the first round and a business plan in the second round before the competition culminates in a live pitch event.

Enterprise Fund:

  • financial awards and mentoring support for UH students.

For additional resources on financial support and competitions that can help you, have a look at the 'Self-Employment Useful Resources' guide which you will find via the Careers and Employment website.

 N.B: International students are able to work up to twenty hours per week, depending on your visa conditions. You can undertake most types of work but you must NOT engage in business or self-employment; or be employed as a professional sports person, entertainer or doctor in training, and cannot fill a permanent full-time vacancy. UH international students are also not eligible to undertake a self-employed placement year or placement working from home.                

If you are a student working at the University of Hertfordshire, you will be able to work a maximum of 15 hours per week regardless of whether you are a home or international student.            


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Careers and Employment

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The Careers and Employment Service is open to all of our current students and graduate for up to four years after their course ends. We offer daily video, phone, and in-person appointments with Careers Advisers. Appointments are available on both College Lane in the Hutton Hub and on de Havilland in the Enterprise Hub. Please find out more by visiting our website: Contact the Careers and Employment team instantly with Live Chat on the Careers and Employment website. To start a conversation with the team, visit the homepage and click the icon in the bottom right-hand corner.
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