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 on a full-time or part-time basis 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?

Please allow two weeks for your appliction to be processed. We will then be in contact wiht you to let you know if you have been successfull at progressing to the next round of the application process. If you are successfull you will be invited to present your business idea to a selection panel . Offers of placement will be made shortly after.

How to Apply


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Western Gateway Building, University College Cork