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Ignite supports founders from idea stage through to raising a Series A, helping you refine your concept, get traction, and build a scalable business.

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Throughout our programmes, we introduce you to experienced entrepreneurs who have been through the same journey as you, and who are willing to share their knowledge, network and experience to help you do more, faster.

Ignite portfolio companies have raised tens of millions in investment from top tier angels and VCs, including YCombinator, Underscore VC, Passion Capital, Balderton, Kindred, Episode 1 and many more. If you want to raise investment then our experience and network gives you an unfair advantage.

Hear about Ignite from the founders, mentors and investors we've worked with

Application Overview

Programme
Location
Dates
(NET) Funding
DEADLINE
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Programme
North East
Pre-Accelerator
Location
Newcastle
Dates
Sep 2019
-
Dec 2019
NET Funding
£10,000 Convertible Loan
Deadline
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Closed
Programme
North East
Accelerator
Location
North East
Dates
Feb 2019
-
Jul 2019
NET Funding
£25,000 Equity Investment
Deadline
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Closed
Programme
Propel
Pre-Accelerator
Location
Belfast
Dates
Jan 2019
-
Jun 2019
NET Funding
£15,000 Grant
Deadline
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Closed
Programme
Ignite NI
Accelerator
Location
Belfast
Dates
Mar 2019
-
Jun 2019
NET Funding
£15,000 Convertible Loan
11/1/2019
Deadline
11/1/2019
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Closed

Programme Overview

North East
Pre-Accelerator

Designed for entrepreneurs with an idea or an initial prototype (ideally with an Ageing or Big Data focus; although we’ll consider applications from all technology-related startups), the pre-accelerator runs for 3 months in Newcastle upon Tyne.

All companies taking part in this programme must be based in the North East of England, or be willing to relocate there.

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North East
Accelerator

The accelerator is a 6 month remote programme for companies who already have an MVP, or those who already have customers and want to start scaling and potentially raise further investment.


Like the pre-accelerator, all companies taking part in this programme must be based in the North East of England, or be willing to relocate there.

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Propel
Pre-Accelerator

The Propel pre-accelerator is for idea/prototype stage founders and teams based in Northern Ireland.


Over 6 months we’ll help you refine the idea, test your assumptions, get your first customers and figure out how to grow from there. Supporting 20 companies every year, this is a great programme to start your business.

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Ignite NI
Accelerator

The Ignite NI Accelerator is for companies that already have customers and now want to start scaling.

The programme also includes trips to London, San Francisco and New York to meet mentors, customers and investors.

The 3 months are based in Belfast, but applications are open to companies from around the world.

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Team

Tristan
Watson
Managing Director
Gabriela
Matic
Programme Director
Wil
Benton
Programme Director
Bailey
Kursar
Entrepreneur in Residence
Jasper
Lyons
Entrepreneur in Residence
Alexis
Long
Associate

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