IGNITE Northern Ireland

A brand new Accelerator for technology startups in Northern Ireland.

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Programme Details

Ignite pre-accelarator mentor discussion

Propel Pre-Accelerator

The Propel pre-accelerator is a 6 month programme for early-stage technology companies that are in development, or have only just launched.

The Propel Programme Includes:

  • £15,000 Grant (subject to meeting agreed milestones)
  • 24 week programme including workshops on Finance, Marketing, Sales, Hiring and Investment, mentoring from experienced entrepreneurs and regular progress reviews with the Ignite team
  • Up to 12 months free co-working space at Ormeau Baths
  • Fast track to the final interviews of the Accelerator programme (in the following year)

The pre-accelerator is only open to companies registered in Northern Ireland.

Applications for the pre-accelerator will open 3rd September 2018.

Accelerator

The Accelerator is a 12 week programme designed to support established technology companies that have already launched and now need help scaling and raising further investment.

Accelerator Programme Includes:

  • £15,000 Convertible Loan (With an additional £5,000 available for companies relocating from outside N.Ireland)
  • 12 week programme to accelerate growth through intensive coaching and mentoring from experienced entrepreneurs, investment readiness workshops and the opportunity to pitch to leading VCs and Angels
  • Up to £100,000 AWS, Google Cloud or Azure Credits
  • Discounted or free packages from companies including Sendgrid, Github, Nexmo, Digital Ocean and many more.
  • Up to 9 months free co-working space at Ormeau Baths
  • 2 x London Trips to meet Founders and Investors (Flights and Hotels paid for)
  • US Trip to meet Founders and Investors in SF and NY (Flights and Hotels paid for)

Applications for the next cohort will open November 2018

Ignite pre-accelarator mentor presentation
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The Space

The programmes are based out of the Ormeau Baths - a brand new coworking space in the centre of Belfast, founded by entrepreneurs Jon Bradford, Mark Dowds, Aaron Taylor and Steve Pette with support from tech leaders from Northern Ireland’s digital diaspora, including FanDuel’s Nigel Eccles and Sarah Friar of Square.

All companies accepted onto the programmes get free office space in Ormeau Baths for the duration of the programme, with the option to stay on for up to an additional 6 months, dependent on progress.

The Team

Our team have accelerated more than 100 startups since 2011 and have a strong track record selecting and supporting promising companies. The majority of us have founded businesses, raised investment, been knocked down, got back up. We’ve walked a mile in plenty of shoes.

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Tristan Watson

Managing Director

Peter Edgar

Programme Manager

Kate Nutt

Programme Associate

How Do I Apply?

Apply for the Propel Pre-Accelerator

1. Application Form

Follow this link to tell us about yourself and what you’re working on. (Applications are currently closed)

2. Skype Interview

If we think you might be suitable for the programme we’ll arrange a time for a Skype interview with one of our team.

3. Event

If you make it to the final interviews then we’ll invite you to an interview with the Ignite team and some of our mentors.

4. Offer

We’ll then choose the 20 companies who’ll be joining us and send them an offer letter.

Apply for the Accelerator

1. Application Form

Apply through this F6S form to tell us about your team and what you’re working on. (Applications are currently closed)

2. Skype Interview

If we think you might be suitable for the programme we’ll arrange a time for a Skype interview with one of our team.

3. Meet

If you make it to the final interviews then we’ll invite you to meet with the ignite team and our mentors.

4. Offer

We’ll then choose the 10 companies who’ll be joining us and send them an offer letter.

Apply Today

Find out more about the application process for our pre-accelerator and accelerator programmes, and apply today.