Who We Are

The IGNITE Graduate Business Innovation Programme helps graduates to turn innovative ideas into successful technology based businesses. Based at UCC, the programme is open to recent graduates of any third level institution in any discipline.

Every year we select 10 businesses to work with our extensive team of Mentors, ‘Coaches on Campus’ and Industry Partners.

Our Mentors are leading entrepreneurs with significant experience starting, running and advising successful technology start-ups. They provide one-to-one mentoring to advise on the development of the business.

Our ‘Coaches on Campus’ are accomplished academics and researchers; experts in leading edge technologies. They provide guidance on application of technology and tech trends.

Our Industry Partners represent the most successful Irish and international businesses. They provide invaluable insights on accessing national and international markets and market trends.

Of course, members of our growing IGNITE Alumni community are always available to share the benefit of their experiences starting their own businesses.

The programme is managed by a Programme Director and overseen by an Advisory Board of accomplished entrepreneurs and business people.

The IGNITE Graduate Business Innovation Programme is sponsored by Cork City Council, Cork County Council, the Local Enterprise Offices of Cork City, South Cork and North & West Cork, Bank of Ireland and University College Cork.

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