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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update

Due to the uncertainty around the timelines for the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions in the UK and abroad we have made the decision to postpone the running of the Ignite Cambridge summer programme until 3-8 July 2022. This will allow us to focus on ensuring that we can offer Ignite delegates the full Cambridge experience and develop an exciting programme that builds on past successes and is relevant for a post-coronavirus world.

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Ignite programme

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.

Our summer Ignite programme will take place 3-8 July 2022.

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.

Ignite Founders’ Challenge

The Ignite Founders’ Challenge is aimed at a pre-Ignite early-stage ventures, this short online programme is designed to help participants explore and validate their ideas and identify their next steps through a combination of exclusive workshops and mentoring sessions.

All participants who complete the programme will receive a certificate from Cambridge Judge Business School – their passport into the world-renowned Cambridge ecosystem. The Ignite Founders’ Challenge is also an ideal springboard to Ignite Cambridge.

Find out more about the Ignite Founders’ Challenge

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 September 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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Applications open soon

Dates: 3-8 July 2022

Format: online

Contact us

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

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