Have you got what it take to ignite your business?

                               Have you got what it take to ignite your business?

                                            Application Deadline May 20th

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When does the programme start?

The core programme runs between October and June. Successful applicants may be invited to use the office accommodation and to access onsite business mentor support throughout the summer and may be allowed to continue in situ throughout the following summer. As a result, IGNITE businesses can be supported for up to 15 months.

Who can apply?

The programme is open to recent graduates with a NFQ Level 7, 8, 9 or 10 qualification in any discipline from any 3rd level institution.

What is meant by ‘recent graduate’?

It is expected that most applicants will graduate in the year in which they begin the programme. In certain cases, applicants may have graduated in the immediately previous years and either a) continued in postdoctoral research, b) started developing the business or c) engaged in relevant work experience.

What commitment is expected?

In order to maximise the benefit from the programme, participants must work full time on their business for the duration of the programme. Participants will present at least three progress updates to an external review panel over the course of the programme. It is strongly recommended that participants base themselves in the IGNITE Graduate Business Innovation Centre offices in the Western Gateway Building.

When can I expect to hear if I have been offered a place?

All applications will be evaluated during the first week of June. Presentations to a review panel are provisionally scheduled for the third week of June. Offers of placement will be made shortly after.

The closing date for applications for IGNITE 2017 is Friday 20th May 2016, 5.00pm.

You can submit an online application directly at IGNITE Application. 
Or alternatively, you can submit your application by email to ignite@ucc.ie.
Your application should include:
- Your Name, Address, Mobile Number and Email Address
- Qualification, Year of Graduation and Awarding Institution
- Where you first heard about IGNITE
- Description of your Product or Service idea (no more than 150 words)
- Description of the Market Opportunity (no more than 150 words)
- Description of your Business Goals for the first 3 years (no more than 150 words)
- Explanation of how you’ll benefit from your participation on IGNITE (no more than 150 words)
Your application should include the name, title and contact details of at least one individual who is familiar with your work. Your application should also include a short CV.
Note that applications will not be considered where the word counts are exceeded.