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IGNITE Open for Applications - Closing 26 May 2017

IGNITE Open for Applications - Closing 26 May 2017

  • 04 Apr 2017

IGNITE 2017/2018 is now open for applications. The announcement was made at the IGNITE Open Information Evening in UCC's Western Gateway Building on 4th April. The programme is open for applications until Friday, May 26th.

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IGNITE Open Evening 2017/18

IGNITE Open Evening 2017/18

  • 29 Mar 2017

Call For Applications IGNITE 2018 (starting September 2017)

When: 18.00 Tuesday 4 April 2017

Where: Western Gateway Building, UCC

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Richard Barrett Wins Google Award at IBYE

Richard Barrett Wins Google Award at IBYE

  • 05 Mar 2017

Richard Barrett, co-founder of Pundit Arena with Ross O’Dwyer, was presented with the Best Promotion of Business On-Line Google Award at the National Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur Finals at Google’s European Headquarters on 5th March 2017.

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Emerald de Leeuw Wins European Young Innovator of the Year Award

Emerald de Leeuw Wins European Young Innovator of the Year Award

  • 25 Jan 2017

Emerald de Leeuw was announced as winner of the 2016 European Young Innovator of the Year by the European Young Innovators Forum. The announcement was made at Unconvention2017 in Brussels on 25th January 2017.

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IGNITE Start-Ups Vie for Cork Chamber Emerging Company of the Year 2017

IGNITE Start-Ups Vie for Cork Chamber Emerging Company of the Year 2017

  • 09 Jan 2017

Two IGNITE start-ups were announced among the three companies shortlisted for Cork Chamber Emerging Company of the Year 2017.

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Make 2017 The Year to Start Your Business

Make 2017 The Year to Start Your Business

  • 09 Dec 2016

Have you a great business idea but don't know where to start?

Sign up to Start-Up Workshops by IGNITE and Bank of Ireland Workbench on or before Monday 19 December 2016.

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IGNITE Welcomes Deirdre Clune MEP

IGNITE Welcomes Deirdre Clune MEP

  • 17 Nov 2016

Deirdre Clune, MEP for Ireland South, visited IGNITE on Thursday 17th Nov 2016.

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IGNITE at IBYE Boot Camp 2016

IGNITE at IBYE Boot Camp 2016

  • 06 Nov 2016

IGNITE and UCC were well represented at Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur IBYE Boot Camp over the weekend of 4th/6th November.

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Musgrave Group Partners with IGNITE

Musgrave Group Partners with IGNITE

  • 01 Nov 2016

IGNITE has announced details of sponsorship that sees Musgrave Group partner the business innovation programme that helps recent graduates launch sustainable businesses.

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Vconnecta Wins 2016 Smart Technology Innovation Award

Vconnecta Wins 2016 Smart Technology Innovation Award

  • 20 Oct 2016

Vconnecta Ltd was awarded the 2016 Smart Technology Innovation Award at IT@Cork European Tech Cluster Leaders Awards. 

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Pundit Arena to Target US Market

Pundit Arena to Target US Market

  • 03 Oct 2016

Irish sports media start-up, Pundit Arena, recently announced plans to raise €3M and target the US market in 2017.

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Packed House for IGNITE 2017 Launch Reception

Packed House for IGNITE 2017 Launch Reception

  • 03 Oct 2016

Ten aspiring graduate entrepreneurs, working on exciting start-up businesses were introduced on Monday, October 3rd at a packed reception at the Western Gateway Building, UCC, to mark the launch of the 7th IGNITE Graduate Business Innovation Programme.

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IGNITE Wins National European Enterprise Promotion Award 2016

IGNITE Wins National European Enterprise Promotion Award 2016

  • 13 Sep 2016

The IGNITE Graduate Business Innovation Programme was recently named as Irish National European Enterprise Promotion Award Winner 2016. 

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Awards and Showcase 2016 Top Prize goes to Allmin Resources Ireland Ltd.

Awards and Showcase 2016 Top Prize goes to Allmin Resources Ireland Ltd.

  • 28 Jun 2016

Sponsored by Bank of Ireland, EY and J.W. O'Donovan Solicitos, awards were presented in several categories, among them the overall 'Business of the Year,' as well as prizes for 'Business Plan and 'Innovation'.

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IGNITE 2016 participants compete for top prizes

IGNITE 2016 participants compete for top prizes

  • 15 Jun 2016

Five Awards will be presented at the annual Awards & Showcase event on Wednesday, 27th June 2016 at 6.00pm to celebrate the achievements of our graduate entrepreneurs.

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Successful IGNITE start-up Pundit Arena founders to speak at IGNITE Open Information Evening

Successful IGNITE start-up Pundit Arena founders to speak at IGNITE Open Information Evening

  • 21 Apr 2016

Richard Barrett and Ross O’Dwyer, cofounders of Pundit Arena (www.punditarena.com), Danny O’Donovan founder of SUPP (www.supp.ie) and, current participant, Alpa Agrawal, founder of Allmin Resources Ireland Ltd (www.allminresources.com) will share their stories at this year's IGNITE Open Information Evening.

 

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 IGNITE Graduate Business Innovation Programme Information Evening
AnaBio Technologies to Invest €200,000 in NPD Facility – Create 11 New Jobs

AnaBio Technologies to Invest €200,000 in NPD Facility – Create 11 New Jobs

  • 29 Feb 2016

Biotech company Anabio Technologies Ltd has announced that it will invest €200,000 in a New Product Development facility at Teagasc’s Food Research Centre in Fermoy, Co. Cork and grow the workforce to 24 over the coming 12 months.

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Irish-Based Sports Media Platform, Pundit Arena Raises €650,000

Irish-Based Sports Media Platform, Pundit Arena Raises €650,000

  • 01 Feb 2016

Irish based sports media platform; Pundit Arena, has raised a seed round of €650,000 from a collection of angel investors, based both in Ireland and the United States.  Pundit Arena, the leading sports media platform that enables articulate fans to become paid journalists through their unique revenue-share model has grown to more than 300 writers and over 1.4 million monthly users in the last year.

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IGNITE 2016 Launch Reception

IGNITE 2016 Launch Reception

  • 12 Oct 2015

The launch of the 6th IGNITE Graduate Business Innovation Programme in UCC sees 14 enthusiastic graduates of University College Cork, Cork Institute of Technlogy and Dublin City University with Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Molecular Cell Biology, Cloud Computing, Business Information Systems, Food Science, Commerce and Law. This year’s businesses are developing products and services in areas as diverse as medicine and health, food and ICT.

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Bitcove scoop top prize at IGNITE 2015 Awards evening.

Bitcove scoop top prize at IGNITE 2015 Awards evening.

  • 25 Jun 2015

 

Bitcove.ie is awarded the Business of the Year Award, Key wins Innovation of the Year Award and eXtensicon wins Business Plan Award at the 2015 IGNITE Showcase and Awards evening in the Aula Maxima in UCC on Wednesday the 24th June.

 

 

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IGNITE 2015 participants compete for top prizes.

IGNITE 2015 participants compete for top prizes.

  • 23 Jun 2015

The completion of the fifth phase of the IGNITE Graduate Business Innovation Programme will celebrate the progress and achievements of this year's eleven start up businesses at the Awards and Showcase evening.

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If You Have a Great Start-Up Idea, Why Are You Waiting to Get Started?

If You Have a Great Start-Up Idea, Why Are You Waiting to Get Started?

  • 01 May 2015

If You Have a Great Start-Up Idea, Why Are You Waiting to Get Started!

That was the key message from the speakers at the IGNITE Graduate Business Innovation Programme Information Evening on Thursday 30th April 2015.

 

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2015 IGNITE Open Information Evening

2015 IGNITE Open Information Evening

  • 13 Apr 2015

This year’s Information Evening for the 6th IGNITE Graduate Business Innovation Programme will be held in UCC’s Western Gateway Building at 6.00pm on Thursday, 30th April 2015.

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IGNITE Welcomes Minister Ged Nash

IGNITE Welcomes Minister Ged Nash

  • 06 Feb 2015

Ged Nash, TD, Minister of State at the Department for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation with special responsibility for Business & Employment and Ciaran Lynch, TD for Cork South Central visited IGNITE on Friday 6th Feb.

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Microfinance Ireland partners IGNITE Graduate Business Innovation Programme

Microfinance Ireland partners IGNITE Graduate Business Innovation Programme

  • 26 Jan 2015

Microfinance Ireland (MFI) has announced details of a partnership with the IGNITE Graduate Business Innovation Programme that sees €1/4 million finance ring-fenced for young entrepreneurs undertaking the nine month business incubation programme, based at UCC, which is aimed at nurturing, developing and strengthening entrepreneurial potential.

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IGNITE Bag Awards at Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur Regional Finals

IGNITE Bag Awards at Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur Regional Finals

  • 13 Oct 2014

The IGNITE Graduate Business Innovation Programme and UCC was well represented at Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneurs Awards in Cork and Waterford.

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IGNITE 2015 Launch Reception

IGNITE 2015 Launch Reception

  • 07 Oct 2014

The launch of the 5th IGNITE Graduate Business Programme in UCC sees 15 enthusiastic graduates from UCC, CIT, UL and UCD with qualifications in information systems, computer science, physics, commerce and marketing working on 12 exciting business ideas in industry sectors as diverse as energy, IT, food, health & fitness and social media.

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Pundit Arena awarded top prize at IGNITE 2014 Showcase and Awards Night.

Pundit Arena awarded top prize at IGNITE 2014 Showcase and Awards Night.

  • 26 Jun 2014

PunditArena.com scoops Business of the the Year Award, Problem wins Business Plan Award, and AgTeCH4 wins Innovation of the Year Award, at IGNITE's 2014 Showcase and Awards night held in the Aula Maxima in UCC on Wednesday the 25th June. 

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IGNITE 2014's ten start-ups go head to head in this year's Showcase and Awards Night.

IGNITE 2014's ten start-ups go head to head in this year's Showcase and Awards Night.

  • 16 Jun 2014

This year's IGNITE Graduate Business Innovation Programme Awards and Showcase will celebrate the progress and achievements to date of ten graduate led start-ups and mark an important milestone with the completion of the fourth phase of the programme.

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IGNITE's Sarah Dineen Receives Investment Offer on Dragon's Den

IGNITE's Sarah Dineen Receives Investment Offer on Dragon's Den

  • 15 May 2014

Sarah Dineen became the youngest female entreprenuer to receive investment from RTÉ’s Dragons’ Den following successful pitch of UniWink.com business concept.

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3 Inspiring Start-Up Stories at IGNITE Information Evening

3 Inspiring Start-Up Stories at IGNITE Information Evening

  • 06 May 2014

A capacity audience heard three inspiring start-up stories at the IGNITE Graduate Business Innovation Programme Open Information Evening on Tuesday 6th May.

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An Effective Fund Raising Journey - Raomal Perera Speaks at UCC

An Effective Fund Raising Journey - Raomal Perera Speaks at UCC

  • 26 Mar 2014

Hear Raomal Perera talk about how he raised over €27 million to help build Network365 as a global company.

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AnaBio wins Cork Chamber Emerging Company of the Year Award 2014

AnaBio wins Cork Chamber Emerging Company of the Year Award 2014

  • 07 Feb 2014

Dr Sinead Doherty's AnaBio Technologies Ltd was named as Cork Chamber of Commerce Emerging Company of the Year 2014 at Cork Chamber Annual Dinner on 7th Feb.

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IGNITE 2014 Launch Reception

IGNITE 2014 Launch Reception

  • 15 Oct 2013

The launch of the 4th IGNITE Graduate Business Programme in UCC sees 14 entrepreneurs striking out to conquer the business world across the food and nutrition, engineering, education, fashion and ICT sectors amongst others.

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Winners Announced at IGNITE 2013 Awards

Winners Announced at IGNITE 2013 Awards

  • 26 Jun 2013

AnaBio Technology Ltd wins Business of the Year Award, VConnecta Ltd wins Business Plan Award, Mohago Ltd wins Innovation Award at IGNITE’s 2013 Showcase. Eight businesses of the future were recognised today (Wednesday 26 June) at IGNITE Graduate Business Innovation Programme’s Awards and Showcase held at a packed Aula Maxima, UCC.

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IGNITE 2013 Awards and Showcase - Now Even Bigger!

IGNITE 2013 Awards and Showcase - Now Even Bigger!

  • 07 Jun 2013

This year, the IGNITE Graduate Business Innovation Programme Awards and Showcase will be better than ever. To reflect the significant progress made by the programme since it was launched just two years ago, this year we will present Awards in five categories based on the judgements of four experienced business people and with the generous support of our three Awards sponsors.

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IGNITE is pleased to host an audience with Pat Falvey

IGNITE is pleased to host an audience with Pat Falvey

  • 12 Apr 2013

Pat Falvey is best known as a mountaineer, an adventurer and an explorer. He is the first person in the world to have twice reached the highest peak on each of the seven continents, including Mt Everest from both Nepal and Tibet. He has led four expeditions to Mt Everest, reaching the summit twice. He has crossed Antarctica to the South Pole, traversed Greenland over shifting ice flows and completed many more life-changing expeditions. Less well known is that Pat left school at 15, was a millionaire at 20, overtraded and went broke at 29, rebuilt and retired at 40.

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IGNITE 2012 alumnus Portable Medical Technologies Ltd achieves CE approval for their ONCOassist mobile app.

IGNITE 2012 alumnus Portable Medical Technologies Ltd achieves CE approval for their ONCOassist mobile app.

  • 18 Dec 2012

Portable Medial Technologies become the 1st Irish company and only the 3rd company worldwide to achieve CE approval for a mobile app.

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IGNITE's 2012 Best Company Award

IGNITE's 2012 Best Company Award

  • 19 Dec 2012

Portable Medical Technology Ltd was the winner of the ‘Best Company’ award presented at a recent reception honouring IGNITE 2012 graduates at the Western Gateway Building, UCC.

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UCC announces the appointment of Eamon Curtin

UCC announces the appointment of Eamon Curtin

  • 10 Oct 2012

UCC announces the appointment of Eamon Curtin to lead the IGNITE Graduate Business Innovation Programme.

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OPEN MINDS TO OPEN MARKETS - Rethinking the SME Market Place: New Opportunities in Europe

OPEN MINDS TO OPEN MARKETS - Rethinking the SME Market Place: New Opportunities in Europe

  • 01 Oct 2012

Saturday 6th October 2012, 9:30am – 2pm Boole 1, University College Cork

To encourage SME’s to look to Europe as a viable market place, Network Cork in association with the European Parliament is organizing a half day seminar in Boole 1 UCC on Saturday 6th October.

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Network Cork supports IGNITE programme to encourage young female entrepreneurs

Network Cork supports IGNITE programme to encourage young female entrepreneurs

  • 13 Sep 2012

Ahead of the 2012 IGNITE participants being announced, Network Cork will provide free membership along with mentoring to any female participants of the programme.

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An IGNITE

An IGNITE "Business Ideas & Wealth Creation Workshop

  • 26 Apr 2012

Calling all budding entrepreneurs…

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Applications now open for IGNITE programme 2012/2013

Applications now open for IGNITE programme 2012/2013

  • 01 May 2012

Are you a graduate or are you about to graduate?

Do you want to set up your own business?

Need funding and support?

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Enter the Ireland Funds Business Plan Competition

Enter the Ireland Funds Business Plan Competition

  • 21 Mar 2012

CALLING ALL STUDENTS!! HAS YOUR BUSINESS PLAN GOT SPARK?

Enter the Ireland Funds Business Plan Competition for a chance to WIN €10,000 !!!!!

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INNOVATION WEEK – INNOV8

INNOVATION WEEK – INNOV8

  • 09 Jan 2012

IGNITE & UCC’s Entrepreneurial & Social Society PRESENT INNOVATION WEEK – INNOV8 ALL WELCOME

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Supply.ie wins Best Company Award at IGNITE's first Awards Ceremony

Supply.ie wins Best Company Award at IGNITE's first Awards Ceremony

  • 19 Dec 2011

Mike McGrath, founder of Supply.ie emerged as the principal winner at the inaugural awards ceremony of UCC’s IGNITE programme. As well as receiving the “Most Collegial” award as nominated by his peers on the Programme, Supply.ie won the Best Company award.

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IGNITE start-up SUPPLY.IE awarded €50,000 attracts strategic investment

IGNITE start-up SUPPLY.IE awarded €50,000 attracts strategic investment

  • 09 Nov 2011

Pictured at the announcement of the companies that have been awarded funding under Enterprise Ireland’s Competitive Start Fund for software start-ups were Tom Cusack, Enterprise Ireland Manager, High Potential Start Ups (left) Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD (centre) and Mike McGrath of Supply.ie. (right)

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Ireland's First 5-Star University

Ireland's First 5-Star University

  • 05 Sep 2011

University College Cork (UCC) has achieved the unique status of becoming Ireland’s first five star university and has once again improved its position in world rankings announced today (September 5th 2011) in the QS World University Rankings.

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UCC launches new MSc (Innovation Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship

UCC launches new MSc (Innovation Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship

  • 12 May 2011

The MSc (Innovation, Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship) commencing in September 2011, is a full-time one year programme offering a multi-disciplinary perspective on Innovation, Commercialistion and Entrepreneurship.

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Applications now open for IGNITE programme 2011/2012,

Applications now open for IGNITE programme 2011/2012,

  • 07 Apr 2011

Applications are now being welcomed from graduates of any discipline, from any 3rd level institution for IGNITE 2011/2012.

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PRESS RELEASE - NONE ISSUE 2

PRESS RELEASE - NONE ISSUE 2

  • 03 May 2011

NONE is an Irish based, internationally staffed, globally concerned fashion and lifestyle magazine providing a platform for the riskier elements of Design, Art, Theatre, Music and Story.

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PRESS RELEASE - NONE LAUNCH

PRESS RELEASE - NONE LAUNCH

  • 05 Apr 2011

NONE is an Irish based, internationally staffed, globally concerned fashion and lifestyle magazine providing a platform for the riskier elements of Design, Art, Theatre, Music and Story.

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PRESS RELEASE - Mike McGrath creates Supply.ie

PRESS RELEASE - Mike McGrath creates Supply.ie

  • 17 Jul 2011

Mike McGrath creates Supply.ie to assist buyers to source great local suppliers with competitive quotes

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PRESS RELEASE: IGNITES's Damian Drohan recognised by the Sunday
Times

PRESS RELEASE: IGNITES's Damian Drohan recognised by the Sunday Times

  • 07 Aug 2011

Cork photographer and IGNITE participant, Damian Drohan was featured recently in the Sunday Times' Culture Magazine for his project on Irish World War 2 Veterans.

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IGNITE Gets Underway

IGNITE Gets Underway

  • 02 Feb 2011

Front Row: Left to Right; Aylmer Barrett, Will Martin, Sarah Jane O’Sullivan, Andrew Hobbs, Damian Drohan.

Back Row: Left to Right; Mike McGrath, Mike Broderick, Peter Power, Miki Barlok, Niall O’Sullivan, Artemij Fedosejev.

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IGNITE's

IGNITE's "Business Ideas & Wealth Creation" workshop

  • 15 Dec 2010

Pictured from left: Michael O'Connor, CORKBIC, Declan Fox, MAGELLAN PARTNERSRónán O'Dubhghaill, UCC, Miriam Collins, IGNITE UCC, Pat Lynch, COMPLIANCE & RISKS and Dick Lehane, Chairman IGNITE ADVISORY BOARD

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Opportunity for Entrepreneurial Graduates at UCC IGNITE

Opportunity for Entrepreneurial Graduates at UCC IGNITE

  • 29 Nov 2010

A new Centre designed to give graduates professional help with business start-ups, was launched at University College Cork (UCC) today (November 12th 2010) by Mr Billy Kelleher TD, Minister for Trade & Commerce.

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An IGNITE

An IGNITE "Ideas Generation & Wealth Creation" Workshop

  • 15 Nov 2010

An IGNITE "Ideas Generation & Wealth Creation" Workshop will be held on Wed, November 24th 2010 at 6pm

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Launch Of the Ignite Programme

Launch Of the Ignite Programme

  • 12 Nov 2010

Friday 12 Nov 2010 -IGNITE, a new Centre designed to give graduates professional help with business start-ups, was launched at University College Cork (UCC) today (November 12th 2010) by Mr Billy Kelleher TD, Minister for Trade & Commerce.

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