What We Do

Our objectives are to support recent graduates:

  • Turn original ideas into innovative products and services
  • Accelerate business start-ups
  • Create jobs by nurturing entrepreneurship

Our ambition is that every business is revenue generating and/or has raised investment over the duration of the programme. Every year, the 10 successful applicant businesses benefit from:

  • A comprehensive Start Your Own Business Programme that involves:
    • About 30 days of workshops
    • Seminars
    • Guest speakers events
  • Business advice and guidance from on-site business mentor
  • Start-up funding and advice and guidance on accessing further funding
  • Office accommodation in the IGNITE Graduate Business Innovation Centre in UCC’s Western Gateway Building for between 9 and 15 months.
  • One to one business mentoring from leading entrepreneurs
  • Guidance from UCC’s ‘Coaches on Campus’
  • Information and advice from IGNITE’s Industry Partners
  • Access to key entrepreneur networks and regular networking events
  • Support of UCC’s academic, research and commercialisation expertise


All the above is provided FREE to successful applicants. IGNITE does not take an equity stake in the companies.

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