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IGNITE14 Programme

We are now OPEN for applications for the 14th IGNITE Programme.

The twelve month business innovation programme at University College Cork, that nurtures, develops and strengthens entrepreneurial potential, is inviting applications from recent graduates from any discipline, from any third level institution in Ireland with a viable business idea with potential for commercial or social impact.

Since its inception in 2011, the Programme has supported 120+ founders that have applied a range of technologies in sectors such as food, pharma, health, finance, retail and media.

This year we are particularly interested in receiving applications from graduates with start-up ideas in the following sectors, Food and Agri Tech, Social Innovation, Business and Financial Services, Healthcare and Life Science, Energy and Marine.

Closing date for applications is Friday 5 June 2020 at 23.00.
The application requires:
  • Your contact details, address and mobile number, and 3rd level qualifations
  • Short written description of the product idea, the market opportunity and your business goals (150 words or less for each)
  • 60 sec video to tell us how you'll benefit from your participation on IGNITE
  • Your Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • The details of at least one person who is familiar with your work
  • Tell us where you heard about IGNITE

Apply HERE 



Expression of Interest

If you are not yet ready to start your business but would like to know more, email us at or fill in an expression of interest form here.


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