Based in UCC, the IGNITE Programme helps young graduates to turn their Innovative Ideas into commercial Products and Services.

The programme is open to graduates from ANY third level institution and from any discipline.

IGNITE supports the participants by providing FREE:

·         Access to further Funding opportunities

·         Business Incubation Space in a top-class facility

·         Individual Business Mentoring from leading entrepreneurs

·         A comprehensive Start Your Own Business Programme

·         Guidance from UCC Entrepreneur ‘Coaches on Campus’

·         Regular Networking Events and access to Key Entrepreneur Networks

·         Access to UCC’s academic, research and commercialisation expertise

·         Membership of Cork Chamber

·         Preferential membership rates at the Mardyke Sports Arena

On completion of the IGNITE programme, all  entrepreneurs get a further 6 months office space free-of-charge at the National Software Centre in Mahon in Cork.

The University does not take an equity stake in the participants’ businesses.

IGNITE’s primary funders are:

Cork City Council, Cork County Council, Cork County & City Enterprise Boards and Bank of Ireland.

IGNITE is also supported by Bord Gáis, EMC, the UCC Food Industry Partnership Board, ICGEE (International Centre for Graduate Education in Micro & Nano Engineering) and INSPIRE (Integrated NanoScience Platform for Ireland) at Tyndall National Institute, the National Software Centre, CorkBIC, Cork Chamber, PFH and IBS. 

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