When does the programme start?
The core programme runs between October and June. Successful applicants may be invited to use the office accommodation and to access onsite business mentor support throughout the prior summer and may be allowed to continue in situ throughout the following summer. As a result, IGNITE businesses can be supported for up to 15 months.
Who can apply?
The programme is open to recent graduates with a NFQ Level 7, 8, 9 or 10 qualification in any discipline from any 3rd level institution.
What is meant by ‘recent graduate’?
It is expected that most applicants will graduate in the year in which they begin the programme. In certain cases, applicants may have graduated in the immediately previous years and either a) continued in postdoctoral research, b) started developing the business or c) engaged in relevant work experience.
What commitment is expected?
In order to maximise the benefit from the programme, participants must work full time on their business for the duration of the programme. Participants will present at least three progress updates to an external review panel over the course of the programme. It is strongly recommended that participants base themselves in the IGNITE Graduate Business Innovation Centre offices in the Western Gateway Building.
When can I expect to hear if I have been offered a place?
All applications will be evaluated during the first week of June. Presentations to a review panel are provisionally scheduled for the third week of June. Offers of placement will be made shortly after.