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Are you a recent graduate? Are you interested in starting a business? IGNITE at UCC want to hear from you! 

IGNITE, a 12-month start-up programme at UCC, is looking for recent graduate entrepreneurs to join the next programme, commencing September 2021.


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.

“Discover How IGNITE Can Help You Start Your Business” – Webinar 30 June (Register here)

Join IGNITE on Wed 30 June at 16.00 to hear more about the  Programme and how IGNITE can help you start your business. The IGNITE team, Eamon Curtin – Programme Director and Michelle Dorgan – Programme Manager will talk about IGNITE, what it entails, the application process for the next programme commencing September 2021 and answer any questions you may have.

What start-up founders say about IGNITE:

“When I started IGNITE, all I had was an idea in my head; and now that I’m nearly finished, I have a product, a company and, most importantly, a clear plan for the future as well as a support network I can always count on. IGNITE helped me bring my product to life whilst providing me with the advice and guidance to navigate through any challenges that may arise.” Marion Cantillon, Founder Pitseal.

“For me IGNITE helped me see that I did not need to be the standard definition of a Social Enterprise. It helped me think outside the box and shape my Social Enterprise into a scalable, sustainable and viable business with a huge social impact” Nicole Ryan, Founder Alexs Adventure

“IGNITE facilitated introductions to investors, advisors, customers and more. Almost the entire business network that I now rely on for support
is derived from connections made on IGNITE.” Brendan Finucane, Founder, CEO, Vconnecta Ltd.

“I had the technical skills, IGNITE helped me develop the commercial skills to turn my dream business into reality.” Dr Sinead Bleiel, Founder, CEO, AnaBio Technologies Ltd.

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Steven Galvin

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