IGNITE is Open for Applications

16 Jan 2020

Friday 14th February 2020 @ 23.00 is the closing date for applications for the next intake of participants for the 13th IGNITE programme which gets underway this April 2020.

The twelve month business innovation programme at University College Cork, that nurtures, develops and strengthens entrepreneurial potential, is inviting applications from recent graduates from any discipline, from any third level institution with a viable business idea with potential for commercial or social impact. Since its inception in 2011, the Programme has supported 100+ start-ups that have applied a range of technologies in sectors such as food, pharma, health, finance, retail and media.

This year we are particularly interested in receiving applications from graduates with start-up ideas in the following sectors, Food and Agri Tech, Social Innovation, Business and Financial Services, Healthcare and Life Science, Energy and Marine.

Past IGNITE participants include Dr Fiona Edwards-Murphy, co-founder of ApisProtect. The company uses Internet of Things (IoT) technology to monitor honey bee colonies. The company raised €1.5M in 2018 to deploy the system worldwide and plans to increase the team from ten to twenty five over the next three years and is currently monitoring 20 million honeybees worldwide.

Dr Sinead Bleiel (Doherty), founder of AnaBio Technologies Ltd, a developer of encapsulation technologies for food and pharma markets is also a past participant. AnaBio Technologies Ltd now employs almost thirty staff at a product development facility in Carrigtwohill.

Amongst the other start-ups that benefitted from IGNITE’s support is Nicole Ryan, founder Alexs Adventure, a programme which aims to educate post
primary students on substance misuse and the real-life effects their choices have. Jennifer Hurley, founder of T4Adventure. T4Adventure creates and produces a range of lightweight, quick-cooking breakfasts, entrees and snacks that nourish and reward outdoor athletes. Ryan O’Neill and Ian O’Sullivan are founders of LegitFit. LegitFit is an online web & mobile app that creates a greater experience for both professionals and enthusiasts of the Health, Fitness & Wellness Industry. Conor Lyden, founder of TrustAp which is a peer to peer payment platform and Brendan Finucane, founder of Vconnecta. Vconnecta is a mobile communication tool for political and community engagement.

Eamon Curtin, Director IGNITE said “We want to work with ambitious founders who have identified a business opportunity with potential to scale. Successful applicants will have access to an extensive team of mentors, advisors and industry partners, share a workspace in UCC’s Western Gateway Building, benefit from regular workshops and guest speakers and receive seed funding..”

The programme is supported by Cork City Council, Cork County Council, the Local Enterprise Offices in Cork City and County, University College Cork and Bank of Ireland.

The closing date for applications is Friday 14th Feb 2020. For more information, email or submit your application HERE.


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Western Gateway Building, University College Cork