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.
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
- Guest speakers
- 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