Frequently Asked Questions


Ignite ran its first accelerator programme in 2011 in Newcastle upon Tyne. Since then we’ve invested in more than 150 companies, running accelerators and pre-accelerators in Newcastle, London, Manchester, Belfast, Edinburgh and many more.

Mentorship, accountability, peer-to-peer learning, investment and preparedness for follow-on investment are all part of our programmes. We are a 200+ strong family of startup founders on a mission to build healthy, scalable businesses and support each other in the process of doing so.

The Ignite team has delivered 16 accelerator programmes since we launched in 2011. We have a strong track record selecting and supporting promising companies, with businesses within the Ignite portfolio raising over £11m in the first half of 2018.

Every member of the Ignite programme team have founded and built businesses. We’ve raised investment, expanded internationally, acquired competitors, succeeded and failed. Collectively, we've also worked on more accelerator programmes than anyone else in Europe.

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We are not from the UK, can we still apply?

Yes. However, you must be willing to register your company as a UK Limited Company and operate as a UK-based entity which will require you to reside somewhere in the UK for a period of time in order to open a bank account and deal with other company setup items.

I have an idea, but no product built yet, can Ignite still help me?

We have a strong background in supporting founders from idea stage and upwards and we don’t plan on stopping now. Idea stage teams can apply for one of our pre-accelerator programmes.

Do companies that work with you find it easier to raise money?

Raising money is never easy, but teams that work with Ignite do have the unfair advantage of being supported up to the point where their model and metrics are in a highly investable stage. Add to this the large amount of exposure to investors that each team receives by taking part in the programme and you could claim that it makes this process easier. However, we don’t think it’s a good idea to rush funding rounds. We believe in raising at the right time for the right reasons and a large part of why we exist is to support founders in getting to that point.

How can Ignite support my company?

We provide investment, accountability, mentorship and fundraising support tailored to the specific challenges you and your team face on a day to day basis. We draw from our own experiences as well as those of our investors, alumni and carefully selected mentors to provide you with actionable guidance aimed taking you from the idea stage, to MVP through to solid, scalable growth.