Over a decade of world-class programmes...

Ignite started in Newcastle upon Tyne in 2011 as Europe’s first £1m accelerator programme - offering £100k to ten teams every year.

Fast forward to today and we’ve run programmes across the UK and Ireland in places such as London, Manchester, Dublin, Belfast, Edinburgh, Cambridge, Sheffield, Bristol, Derry, Newcastle, Gateshead and Sunderland.

We’ve also consulted & supported accelerators across the globe in countries such as India, the United Arab Emirates and the US.

Founders supported
Investment raised
Jobs created


All of our programmes are bespoke and focus around the needs of the cohort. We champion our founders and want to see them succeed.


World-class workshops around the challenges founders are facing.


One-on-one time with someone that has been there and done it.


Peer support from founders who understand what it's like to do hard things.

Challenging you to help you grow

Ignite gives founders the best possible foundations to start and scale their businesses. Ignite challenges founders and their ideas to help them validate their core business assumptions and build scalable traction.

Led by entrepreneurs

We believe that the best learnings are gained by talking to those who have been in your shoes before. Our Ignite network prides itself in being made up of entrepreneurs who have experience building scalable startups themselves, and who are there to support you in your journey.

Ignite’s Programme Directors and Entrepreneurs in Residence are all experienced founders who have been there, and have the scars to prove it.

Upcoming programmes

We regularly run new programmes across the UK and beyond.  If you don't see a programme that's right for you, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Pre-start/Early stage


A flexible 6-week programme for individuals who want to explore if their tech idea could turn into a business.

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Early stage

North East

An in-depth 5-month programme for early stage founders looking to build a startup with scaling potential.

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Growth stage

North East Accelerator

An in-depth 2-month programme for founders looking to raise investment to scale their tech startup.

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Contact us

Looking for more information? Want to speak to a member of the team? Get in touch!

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