Who can apply?

IGNITE is open to recent graduates with an Ordinary Bachelor Degree, Honours Bachelor Degree, Masters Degree, Doctoral Degree, Higher Diploma or Post-Doctoral Diploma (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, University College Cork.

How long is the programme? 

The programme duration is 12months. 

Do I get desk space?

Yes, for the duration of the programme, you will have access to a shared office space with other IGNITE particpants. 



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Western Gateway Building, University College Cork