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Ignite students

The annual Ignite programme will run from Monday 29 June to Monday 6 July 2020 online, with a welcome and induction session on Friday 26 June. We encourage you to apply as early as possible so that we may group delegates and assign mentors effectively.

Selection criteria

Please read the following criteria for selection to Ignite before applying for this programme to assess whether it is right for you.

Project criteria

Your idea will be assessed by the Entrepreneurship Centre (EC) in terms of:

  • Innovation and novelty
  • Sustainability
  • “Tech” projects or ideas are highly suitable for Ignite

Personal criteria

  • Fluency in English. Delegates need to discuss their businesses with their mentor and other contributors and their Ignite fellow colleagues during the week and must pitch their idea to the investors in English. So speaking English “fluently” is required in order to attend Ignite.
  • We encourage new and aspiring entrepreneurs with limited experience of starting a business to attend as they will gain greater value from the programme.
  • Passion and ambition to take the idea forward and make it happen are highly important characteristics for admission at Ignite.
  • The owner/originator of the idea or IP for the product, service or innovation or key member of the team in the business/ project is preferable.

General admission requirements

  • Once we receive your application, the Entrepreneurship Centre will contact you for a telephone interview. If you don’t respond to our interview request within seven days, we’ll assume you’re no longer interested in attending Ignite.
  • Please ensure you are available for interview at the agreed time.
  • Once accepted, all participants on Ignite are required to sign a Confidentiality Agreement before attending to ensure a safe environment for discussing novel ideas, and inventions. This form should be returned as soon as possible before attending Ignite.
  • Once accepted, all participants need to return their completed information forms (including the Library Form and Delegate Details Form) to us as soon as possible prior to the start of the Ignite programme.
  • All the delegates who are accepted on Ignite are required to prepare a pre-course assignment. This comprises background reading and a short task identifying the key issues of the proposed project in the specific areas of marketing, business models, finance, team, etc. The aim is to encourage comprehensive preparation and clear thinking so that you can make the most of the Ignite week.
  • Delegates must be prepared to commit one week of their time to an intensive programme. If you don’t attend all the required sessions, we cannot award you the Ignite Certificate at the end of the week.


Admissions for the 2020 programme have now closed.

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