Opportunity for Entrepreneurial Graduates at UCC IGNITE

29 Nov 2010

A new Centre designed to give graduates professional help with business start-ups, was launched at University College Cork (UCC) today (November 12th 2010) by Mr Billy Kelleher TD, Minister for Trade & Commerce.

Based at the IGNITE Graduate Business Innovation Centre, located at UCC’s Western Gateway Building, the 12-month programme will provide the back-up and environment for graduates to turn innovative ideas into new products and services.

The programme is delivered by UCC in partnership with the Cork County and City Enterprise Boards and is being sponsored by Cork County Council, Cork Chamber, EMC and PFH. It is open to all recent graduates of any 3rd Level Institution. Each year, some 10 candidates will be selected to participate through a competitive process.

The IGNITE Centre at UCC will provide successful candidates with free:

  • Professional environment to nurture innovative ideas and accelerate business start-ups

  • Business incubation space in the state-of-the-art Western Gateway Building for 12 months

  • Management and business training

  • Individual business mentoring

  • Access to UCC’s academic, research and commercialisation expertise

  • Regular networking events

  • Information on sources of funding

  • Free membership of Cork Chamber

  • Retention of Jobseeker’s Allowance

Welcoming the initiative, UCC President, Dr Michael Murphy, said: “One of the key roles of a university is to take a lead in encouraging ideas and innovation amongst its graduates. The IGNITE Graduate Business Innovation Centre at UCC will provide a professional environment for graduates to nurture innovative ideas and accelerate business start-ups. The 12-month comprehensive programme will allow graduates of all disciplines access to the University’s academic, research and commercialisation expertise and its vast information resources and provide the structures necessary to turn bright ideas into marketable products and services.”

An IGNITE Information Evening will take place on Wednesday, November 24th 2010 at 6pm.

Please See Agenda (99kB)

To register please email

The programme will commence in January 2011. Candidates are invited to submit a Curriculum Vitae and Application Form available here Closing date: December 10th 2010.

For further information please contact: Marie McSweeney, Press Officer, University College Cork 
(T) 021 4902371; (086) 0845182. November 12th 2010


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