Growth stage

North East
Accelerator 2024

August - September 2024

Our 2 month Accelerator programme is laser-focused on supporting startups looking to raise investment.

The Accelerator provides dedicated investment-coaching and surrounds founders with other entrepreneurs who have raised before.

Applications for the next cohort open Spring 2024.

Funded trip to San Francisco
2 months
Bespoke hybrid support
In Perks

World-class support

An action packed schedule

Each programme is tailored to the needs of the founders who get accepted.


Learn by doing. Weekly sessions and workshops that move the needle.


Experienced mentors who are here to help you.


Insights behind the successes and failures of ex-founders.


We put you in front of active investors across Europe and the US.


Gain the support of hundreds of founders.


Get out of your comfort zone. Travel and expand your global connections.

investment coaching

The Accelerator provides bespoke investment coaching and mentoring to help founders plan for investment and refine their investment pitch.

Sessions are delivered by entrepreneurs who have previously raised, and active investors.

"What an unbelievable experience. One I’ll never forget, with life long friends in the Ignite team, my AWESOME cohort of fellow entrepreneurs and the alumni community"

Lisa Eaton


Helping founders grow their connections

The programme is designed to open up global investment opportunities by helping founders expand their global connections.

Founders from our previous Accelerators have said our trips enabled them to grow their international customer base and develop new global partnerships.

Change your mindset

Our Accelerator exposes founders to a global growth mindset, surrounding them with experienced entrepreneurs who have grown their startups globally.

Our trip to the US introduces founders to a different approach to scaling and fundraising, taking them to cities marked by high levels of startup growth.

Surrounding founders with experienced mentors

The Accelerator surrounds founders with experienced entrepreneurs who have raised investment before.

Our mentors offer weekly one-to-ones to really deep-dive into each startup and understand its individual needs.


Gain the support of the largest technology companies in the world.

Get access to over £250,000 of credits and discounts from companies who would like to see you succeed. From stickers to hosting, there's enough credits in there to run most tech stacks for a year.
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Still not sure if the Accelerator is right for you? Our most common questions are here.

If you still have questions, get in touch.

Is my company a good fit?

We are looking for scalable companies who are looking to raise investment to grow and compete on a global scale. Companies need to have evidence of traction. This means that you’ll either be in-revenue, or have done sufficient customer validation to know there is a big demand for your product.

Are the programmes full time?

Yes and no. Whilst the programme schedule itself is not full-time, we expect your commitment to your business to be full-time. We want you to make the most of being on the programme by focusing on building your company. The 2024 programme is delivered as hybrid, with a blend of some in-person content and remote, virtual content. Successful teams are provided with a weekly schedule in advance to enable time for any alternative arrangements to be made such as commuting, childcare or other pre-existing commitments.

Do I have to be part of a team or can solo founders apply?

Either! It's possible to build a successful company as a solo-founder or as part of a team. We are more concerned with your progress than the number of people on your team.

Do I have to be technical?

No, you don’t have to be technical to join Ignite. We can help you regardless of your technical experience or knowledge. However, it will be to your advantage to be technical if your idea or company needs that expertise.

Do you take equity from my company?

No. There is no monetary cost to taking part in our programmes and we don't ask for equity.

Applications open Spring 2024

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Supported by

This project is part-funded by the North of Tyne Combined Authority.The North of Tyne Combined Authority is a partnership of three local authorities: Newcastle City Council, North Tyneside Council, and Northumberland County Council and the North of Tyne Elected Mayor.