IGNITE 2015 Launch Reception
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.
The mood was buoyant at the launch of the fifth IGNITE Graduate Business Innovation Programme earlier this week in UCC, as 15 aspiring graduate entrepreneurs heading up twelve start-up businesses were introduced, each hoping to follow in the footsteps of past participants such as Dr Sinead Doherty of AnaBio Technologies Ltd, Dr Liam Ryan of MRFoodInnovation, Stephanie Lynch of OnTheQT and others.
Speaking at the reception, Councillor John Sheehan, deputising for the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Mary Shields, 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 Alan Coleman 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.
“The IGNITE Programme is going from strength to strength,” said Eamon Curtin, IGNITE Programme Director. “There was huge interest again this year and the quality of the applicants is 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 Local Enterprise Offices of Cork City and County and Bank of Ireland for their financial support.
Also in the audience were recent IGNITE participants Ross O’Dwyer and Richard Barrett, founders of PunditArena, Sarah Dineen of UniWink, Brendan Finucane of Vconnecta, Glenn Goggin of Ottera and Will Martin of LiveDuel.
IGNITE Graduate Business Innovation Programme is funded by Cork City Council, Cork County Council, the Local Enterprise Offices of Cork City and County and UCC/Bank of Ireland.
Pictured above IGNITE 2015 Participants, Carrie Skinner and Eileen Weadick with Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Alan Coleman.