IGNITE is Open for Applications

18 Jan 2021

Friday 19 Feb @ 23.00 is the closing date for applications for the next intake of participants for the 15th IGNITE programme which gets underway in April. 

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. Apply here.

Since its inception in 2011, the Programme has supported 120+ 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.

10 reasons you should start your business with IGNITE:

  1. We select just 10 businesses for each IGNITE programme to ensure that founders get the support they need when they need it.

  2. Our supports include practical workshops and seminars in areas such as business model innovation, marketing, sales, finance, law, taxation and investment.

  3. And we help develop and fine tune personal business skills such as pitching and presenting, networking and relationship building.

  4. We have an extensive network of entrepreneurs, business owners and industry executives available to offer advice and guidance on a one-to-one basis as required.

  5. And we have regular guest entrepreneur speakers who share their stories in small group sessions.

  6. All our founders have access to a shared workspace in the Western Gateway Building at University College Cork and can access many of our supports online.

  7. And they benefit from the support of UCC’s research, commercialisation and academic expertise.

  8. Founders enjoy free membership of Cork Chamber and IT@Cork.

  9. We provide early seed funding for each start-up

  10. And we do not take an equity stake in your company.

Past IGNITE participants include Conor Walsh and Luke O'Mahony, founders Traxsit, an asset management solution that provides construction, agricultural and plant hire companies with remote visibility on the location of their assets.

Ali-Rose Sisk, founder, SafeCare, a platform that aims to revolutionise care home management through digitalisation.

Conor Lyden, founder of Trustap, a secure transaction platform that completely protects you from being scammed when you want to buy or sell with someone you don't know.

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 to twenty five over the next three years and is currently monitoring 20 million honeybees worldwide.

To find out more about the IGNITE Alumni, click here

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 UCC, Bank of Ireland, Cork City Council, Cork County Council and the Local Enterprise Offices in Cork City and County.

We are hosting a webinar on 10 Feb at 17.00 to talk about IGNITE & the application process. You can register here

The closing date for applications is Friday 19 February. For more information, email the Programme Manager or submit your application HERE.

For FAQ, visit: Frequently Asked Questions


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