IGNITE to light a spark under budding entrepreneurs

24 May 2012

UCC’s IGNITE programme is on the hunt for new applicants looking to kick-start a business idea for its next round starting in October.

IGNITE provides start-up funding and free incubation space, mentoring and support to graduates of any higher education institution who are interested in starting up a new business

The nine-month programme will accept 10 applicants and any recent graduates with a viable business idea (from any discipline and any third-level institution) are encouraged to apply.

Some of the products developed by participants in the IGNITE programme over the last two years include a smartphone app for oncologists, and websites StudentNews.ie, PetConnect.ie and Supply.ie, in which Enterprise Ireland recently invested €25,000.

“We believe that this programme is most appropriate for the times in which we live,” said Rónán Ó Dubhghaill, director of strategic planning at UCC. “The programme is an ideal bridge between the knowledge gained at third level and the challenges of starting up a business in the current economic environment.”

The closing date for applications is 1 June.

Elaine Burke
By Elaine Burke

Elaine Burke is managing editor of Siliconrepublic.com. She joined in 2011 as a journalist covering gadgets, new media and tech jobs news. She comes from a background in publishing and is known for being particularly persnickety when it comes to spelling and grammar – earning her the nickname, Critical Red Pen. When she hasn’t got her nose stuck in her laptop, you’ll find her in the kitchen, at the cinema, or on the dancefloor.

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