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Ignite is an intensive, one-week entrepreneurship training programme for aspiring entrepreneurs and corporate innovators to trial and prepare business ideas for the commercial environment.

Comprised of a blend of practical teaching sessions, expert clinics, mentor sessions and experienced advice and support from leading entrepreneurs and innovators, it will give you the tools, contacts and confidence to transform your idea into a successful business project or venture.

Now in its 22nd year, Ignite has an impressive track record of both inspiring successful new business ventures and bolstering internal business development.

If you’re ready to take your spark and ambition and turn a business innovation into a reality, join us on the next Ignite programme.

Over 1,100 participants from 50 countries across Europe, Asia and America have attended Ignite since the programme started. It is estimated that approximately 300 business ventures have been created by Ignite alumni and are still up and running.

If you’re ready to turn your innovation into a business proposition join us on the next Ignite programme.

Who is it for?

Ignite is for international graduates, researchers, scientists and innovators with entrepreneurial ambition who have a developed business idea or earlystage venture in the technology or life sciences sectors.

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Programme overview

Ignite aims to enable delegates to prepare their own venture for launch in the commercial arena in one week through immersion in a hot-house environment of tailored, practical support that encourages rapid development.

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Fees and accommodation

Depending on the type of delegate, fees vary. The fee includes all programme sessions, course materials, refreshments and lunches during the week of Ignite, networking receptions that are included in the timetable and a celebration final dinner.

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Apply to Ignite

The annual Ignite programme will run in the first week of July 2021 from Sunday, with a welcome and induction session, to Friday. We encourage you to apply as early as possible so that we may group delegates and assign mentors effectively.

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Become a funding partner

Are you interested in funding delegate places at Ignite? We work with a range of companies and institutions from across the globe who support places as part of their mission to foster entrepreneurship and innovation.

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Become a sponsor

We have opportunities for companies to access talent, leverage connections and raise visibility in the Cambridge ecosystem through sponsoring networking events during the Ignite week.

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Who is it for?

Ignite is for those who already have a business idea or early stage venture. The programme will help you to assess and validate the commercial feasibility of your business plan and better define and shape its potential for success.  Ignite will build on your existing skills and background in business by increasing your network of contacts and surrounding you with the knowledge and experience of highly regarded industry mentors.

Ignite attracts a diverse range of projects that can be broadly categorised as relating to the life sciences and high tech sectors. The programme is primarily aimed at:

Researchers and managers from established organisations with business ideas for:

  • Diversification of products and markets
  • An internal venture or a spin out from your company
  • Determining the best business model and marketing strategy to commercialise a new idea
  • Developing commercial proposals to the Company Board in order to secure resources and internal support for your team

Students, graduates or academics considering your own venture.

Directors of existing young businesses that are seeking to commercialise a new product or service.


Admissions for the 2021 programme will open soon for the programme running 4-9 July 2021.

Contact us

If you have any queries, please get in touch at [email protected]

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