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IGNITE Open for Applications - Closing 26 May 2017

Eamon Curtin, IGNITE Programme Director, speaking at Open Information Evening in UCC's Western Gateway Building

Eamon Curtin, IGNITE Programme Director, speaking at Open Information Evening in UCC's Western Gateway Building

  • 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.

The many guests at the Open Information Evening heard from a mix of entrepreneurs at different stages of their entrepreneurial journey including serial entrepreneur, Raomal Perera, who has over 30 years’ experience in the IT, communications and related technology industries, and who is one of a handful of Irish entrepreneurs to have taken a company public on NASDAQ (ISOCOR). Raomal is one of many experienced entrepreneurs, business owners and industry executives who contribute to the programme every year.

Richard Barrett, Co-Founder and COO, Pundit Arena spoke of how IGNITE gave him and Co-Founder, Ross O’Dwyer, the skills to develop their business model but crucially also taught them to test it; while Bank of Ireland/ IGNITE Business of the Year Award 2016 winner, Allmin Resources founder, Alpa Agrawal told how IGNITE helped her develop her current network of supports. Current IGNITE participants Kevin Buckley, Founder, CEO, Balzey and Conor Lyden, Founder, CEO, TrustAp spoke about the importance of getting your pitch right and what IGNITE is really like.

IGNITE is an international award winning business start-up programme that specialises in supporting recent graduates turn good ideas into great businesses.  The 12 month programme is based in UCC and is open to all recent graduates from all third level institutions and from all disciplines.

Since 2011, IGNITE has launched almost 60 businesses, creating over 150 jobs.  Successful IGNITE start-up companies include Anabio Technologies, Allmin Resources Ireland, Pundit Arena and Vconnecta.  For start-ups that take part in the programme, IGNITE’s support is equivalent to a €25K investment and founders do not give up any equity in their business.

IGNITE is supported by Bank of Ireland, Cork City Council, Cork County Council, the Local Enterprise Offices of Cork City and County, Musgrave Group and UCC.

 

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