IGNITE 2014 Launch Reception
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.
The mood was buoyant at the launch of the fourth IGNITE Graduate Business Innovation Programme earlier this week in UCC, as 14 aspiring graduate entrepreneurs heading up eleven start-up businesses were introduced. Drawing widely on graduates from across Irish universities, including University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, University of Limerick and University College Cork, this year’s businesses are developing products and services in areas as diverse as food and nutrition, engineering, education, fashion, ICT, facilities management and media.
“The IGNITE Programme is going from strength to strength,” said Eamon Curtin, IGNITE Programme Director. “This year saw nearly 100 expressions of interest, almost twice the number of applicants from last year, and the quality of the applicants was higher than ever." He also welcomed attendees from industry, academia and the public sector, thanking the representatives of Cork City Council, Cork County Council, the Cork County and City Enterprise Boards and Bank of Ireland for their significant financial support.
Speaking at the reception, Councillor John Kelleher, deputising for the Lord Mayor of Cork, Catherine Clancy, praised the programme. He noted the critical role that the Economic Development Funds of both Cork City Council and Cork County Council play in supporting new business start-ups through programmes like IGNITE.
County Mayor, Councillor Noel O’Connor also noted the importance of the Economic Development Fund. He commended the work of all involved in the programme and wished all the participants the best of luck in developing their new businesses.
IGNITE Graduate Business Innovation Programme is funded by Cork City Council, Cork County Council, Cork County and City Enterprise Boards and Bank of Ireland.
Pictured above IGNITE 201 Participants, Sarah Dineen, Niamh McKernan and Evie Flynn with Cllr John Kelleher deputising for the Lord Mayor of Cork and Cllr Noel O'Connor, Mayor of County Cork.