Pre-start/Early stage

Launch Programme

February - March 2024

The Launch Programme is a 6-week, light-touch, part-time programme designed for individuals in the North East and the Tees Valley who want to explore if they could work on their tech startup full-time.

Supported by Barclays Eagle Labs. Applications are now closed.

Designed for startups
juggling multiple commitments
6 Weeks
Part-time hybrid support
in Perks

World-class support

For aspiring tech start-ups

The Launch Programme is run by experienced tech entrepreneurs who have been there and done it. We use our global founder network to put together a flexible, high-quality schedule of world-class workshops tailored to the needs of new and aspiring tech startups.

The right foundations

Tailored Workshops

The Launch Programme will help founders understand what steps to take to turn their idea into a revenue-generating venture.

Our workshops focus on topics such as how to find a market you can scale into, how to have meaningful customer conversations, the themes of successful startups, and funding your venture.

"Ignite has been one of the best decisions I've made, not only for myself, but for my business"

Emma Reilly


World-class mentoring

One-to-ones with experienced mentors

The Launch Programme surrounds founders with experienced mentors who have started tech businesses themselves. Mentoring sessions are designed to be flexible around founder schedules.

"Ignite made all the difference between my startup being just a nice idea and real business."

Darren Lester

Founder & CEO
SpecifiedBy (Acquired by Causeway)

A lasting impact


Learn from other founders who are on a similar journey - and make lifetime connections through the Ignite Founders Community.


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 Launch Programme is right for you? Our most common questions are here.

If you still have questions, get in touch.

Is my company a good fit?

This programme is suitable for aspiring / very early stage founders. If you’re looking for guidance on how to build a tech startup, you’re in the right place.

We’ll be going through concepts such as how to speak to customers, mom testing, and how to create something that people want to pay for.

You may not have spoken to any customers yet - you may already have paying users.

You may not know how to build, or you may already have built something.

If you want to explore how to develop stronger foundations that will help you turn your idea into a sustainable tech startup - we’d love to hear from you.

You can always speak to our Programme Manager Kev, if you’re unsure whether this programme is right for you:

When does it take place?

The next Launch Programme takes place 5th February - 22 March 2024. Most of the programme is delivered virtually.

How do I apply?

Applications are now closed.

How many spaces are there?

We envision applications will be competitive, as we only have 15 spaces in total. The reason we limit spaces is so that we can give each founder on our programme bespoke support and one-to-one mentoring.

How does this differ from other Ignite programmes?

Unlike other Ignite programmes, The Launch Programme is a 6-week programme designed to be light-touch for founders who are unable to commit to their startups full-time. Most of the sessions are pre-recorded, though there will be one-to-one mentoring and live workshops throughout. The aim of the programme is to help founders get to building an idea that can transform from a ‘side hustle’ into a full-time occupation.

The Pre-Accelerator programme is an intense, hybrid 5-month programme that helps founders build a startup with scaling potential. The programme surrounds founders with live workshops & sessions, firesides with experienced entrepreneurs, and mentoring. Workshops focus on a wide range of themes including customer acquisition, customer conversation, pricing and building an MVT or prototype. Founders will also benefit from a £10,000 startup grant and up to £250k in perks.

The Accelerator is a 2-month investment-focused programme for founders looking to raise investment to scale their startup. The programme surrounds founders with mentors who have raised before, investors, and other founders. It also includes a trip to the US to expand global connections.

Can I apply for multiple programmes?

Yes! Applying for any of our programmes will not exclude you from applying for another programme in the future.

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Supported by

This programme is supported by the Barclays Eagle Labs Ecosystem Partnership Programme, funded by UK Government