A funded, 3 month pre-accelerator for early-stage founders who are ready to start working on their business full-time.
Applications for the next pre-accelerator cohort are now open. The pre-accelerator is open to companies based, or willing to relocate to / with a material presence, in the North East (County Durham, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear).
Apply if: You want to launch a startup but you're not yet sure what idea to work on.Apply
Apply if: You've already got a startup that you're working on and you're looking to start scaling and raise investment.Apply
Funding for the programme comes from the North East Innovation Fund supported by the European Regional Development Fund.
The pre-accelerator is a 3 month full-time programme that helps entrepreneurs to develop their business idea, launch an MVP, get their first customers and figure out what to do next. You can read more about the programme on the Ignite blog.
We are looking for entrepreneurs who want to solve (or already solving) real-world problems with innovative technology-led ideas. We’re especially interested in those working on ideas related to ageing, or immersive technology, but will consider all tech startup applications.
If you’ve not got an idea but you think entrepreneurship is for you, or you’ve got a skill set that could lend itself to working on building a new business (especially within VR/AR and/or ageing), we’d love to hear from you.
We charge all teams a £5k programme fee, leaving £10k to spend on product, salaries etc.
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We are looking for entrepreneurs who want to solve (or already solving) real-world problems with innovative technology-led ideas. Tapping into the region’s world-class expertise in data, ageing and immersive tech, we are especially keen to talk to founders looking to work on these themes.
Some of the challenges we’re looking for pre-accelerator businesses to potentially tackle include:
To qualify for the pre-accelerator programme, each founder/ team must have a UK LTD company (with a UK business bank account) with less than 250 employees and balance sheet total <€43 million and/or turnover <€50 million. You must also be based/ have a material presence in the North East (County Durham, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear).
If you you haven’t registered a business, built a product or even founded a team, you can still contact us or apply and we’ll do our best to help.
Yes. You will be based in an office space in the Baltic Quarter.
Teams accepted to work with Ignite are eligible for benefits from some fantastic companies, including Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, Digital Ocean, GitHub, SendGrid, Nexmo, Autopilot, Stripe and more. We aim to have representatives of all of our technology partners present to support you at some stage during your time with us.
The application deadline for the 2019 pre-accelerator is 5pm on Friday 12th July 2019.
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