Are you interested in starting a business?

IGNITE is an international award winning start-up programme supporting recent graduate entrepreneurs turn good ideas into scalable businesses.

Based at University College Cork, the 12 month programme is open to all recent graduates from all third level institutions in Ireland who have the passion and ambition to work full-time on a scalable start-up idea with potential for commercial or social impact.

IGNITE supports recent graduate start-up founders to turn innovative ideas into sustainable, scalable businesses.

Our aim is that every IGNITE start-up generates revenue and/or raises investment over the course of the programme.

We know that every founder is different and that no two start-ups are the same.

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

Our supports include practical workshops and seminars in areas such as business model innovation, marketing, sales, finance, law, taxation and investment. And we help develop and fine tune personal business skills such as pitching and presenting, networking and relationship building.

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.

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

All our founders have access to a shared workspace in the Western Gateway Building at University College Cork.

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

Founders enjoy free membership of Cork Chamber, IT@Cork and Network Cork.

We provide early seed funding of €5,000 for each start-up and we do not take an equity stake in any company.


IGNITE is looking for recent graduate entrepreneurs to join the next IGNITE programme, commencing September 2021. 

Click here to find out more about how IGNITE can help you start your business.


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Western Gateway Building, University College Cork