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.
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.
Over 747 participants from 26 countries across Europe, Asia and America have attended Ignite since the programme started. The alumni are made up of people from various disciplines and industry sectors ranging from business management, computer science, electrical and electronic engineering, mathematics, physics, and sociology through to biology, chemistry, genetics, material science and plant science. It is estimated that approximately 170+ business ventures have been created by Ignite alumni and are still up and running.
Based on a 2013 alumni survey, more than £120 million in funding has been raised by Ignite alumni ventures and approximately 2,500+ jobs were created from 2011-2013.
Previous participants include entrepreneurs who have been in business for one to three years, scientists and academics from universities and research laboratories, and managers, engineers, technologists, and project leaders from large established organisations.