Programmes and Supports

We can help you whatever stage you are at.

Working on your start-up?

Our flagship programme, IGNITE, is a comprehensive start-up incubation programme for founders working full-time on their start-up. The programme is open to recent graduates in any discipline from any 3rd level institution in Ireland. It includes essential workshops and seminars, entrepreneur guest speakers, mentoring with experienced entrepreneurs and business owners, funding and workspace offered on a flexible basis so you get the skills and knowledge, advice and guidance you need when you need it.

And we don’t take equity in your start-up.

Applications for the next IGNITE programme, commencing April 2023, are now CLOSED. Applications will re-open in May for the following programme, commencing July 2023. REGISTER YOUR INTEREST HERE for further details. 

We recently hosted a "Discover how IGNITE can help you start your business" webinar, we spoke about the programme supports, the application process and heard from two past participants, you can watch the replay HERE.

Have a start-up idea but don’t know where to start?

START-UP LAB is a short evening programme for aspiring founders who want to explore a start-up idea. The programme is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students and recent graduates in any discipline. Over 7 Tuesday evenings, we will provide specific guidance on developing your business model, provide you with an opportunity to present progress to experienced mentors and peers, work in small groups to address issues and overcome obstacles and hear from entrepreneur guest speakers.

Applications for the next Start-Up Lab are now CLOSED. The next opportunity to join Start-Up Lab is Autumn 2023. REGISTER YOUR INTEREST HERE for further details. 

Interested in start-ups but don’t have a start-up idea?

IDEAS FOR IMPACT is a one day event for anyone seeking a new start-up idea. In just 12 hours, you will identify new ideas for start-ups, work with a multidisciplinary team to define and develop your ideas, hear from experienced mentors and advisors, and prepare and pitch your new start-up idea to an external panel.

The next IDEAS FOR IMPACT event will commence Autumn 2023. REGISTER YOUR INTEREST HERE for further details. 

Have any start-up questions?

START-UP ADVICE CLINICS are short one to one meetings to answer your start-up questions. REGISTER YOUR INTEREST for further details.

OR just want to be part of a community? 

Join UCC’s aspiring entrepreneur & innovator community, get exclusive access to networks of like-minded students, supports to help you build your side hustle, inspiring guest speakers events and lots more to help our future innovators, entrepreneurs and start-up founders.  REGISTER YOUR INTEREST HERE for further details.



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