Ignite your innovation at Cambridge Judge Business School in July 2018



Aspiring entrepreneurs, scientists, researchers, technologists and innovators looking to make an impact with their innovation are being invited to apply for the Ignite programme running from 8-13 July 2018 at Cambridge Judge Business School. The application deadline is 11 June.

Ignite, a programme managed and delivered by the Cambridge Judge Business School’s Entrepreneurship Centre, enables delegates to prepare their own venture for launch in the commercial arena in one week through immersion in a hot-house environment of tailored, practical support that encourages rapid development.

Now in its nineteenth year, the programme has an impressive track record having supported 931 participants from 45 countries across the globe with the creation of over 300 ventures (that are still up and running).

Jamie Urquhart, one of the founding members of ARM and a Cambridge Judge Entrepreneurship Fellow, is leading a workshop at Ignite on 'Determining the Customer and Markets' during Ignite 2018. Jamie said, “Time is precious, life is short. So where better than Ignite at Cambridge Judge Business School for a week of learning, networking, doing, interacting and wanting to make a real difference. I love the energy in the building during Ignite week.”

Igniting the high tech sector

Ignite has been attracting projects from the high technology sector for many years, influencing the development of numerous start-ups and spin-outs. The programme provides access to one of the most successful technology clusters in the world. Many of these businesses have connections to the University of Cambridge, with innovations deriving from research conducted in University laboratories. Previous Ignite delegates have come from a range of business organisations and academic institutions including Microsoft, Good Year, ARM, Marshall Aerospace, Tata Ryerson (India), Toshiba Research Europe and BT.  Projects can cover any area within the high technology sector including artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, environmental technology (greentech/ cleantech), electrical engineering, robotics and financial technology (fintech).

“Ignite takes you on a one-week fast-ride and converts your technological idea into a business. Participants come to Ignite as a student, innovator, professor or researcher and leave it as an entrepreneur. The mentorship, knowledge and connections you make during the course is great enough to start a business from your technological idea. Ignite trained me in various topics like pitching, making a business plan, finding B2B partners, IP strategy, negotiation skills, etc. With an initial plan made during the one-week course with experts, I am now following the detailed version of it and our product will be in the market very soon.”  Dr Vikas Karade, Founder and CEO of of AlgoSurg, Ignite 2017

Igniting the life sciences sector

Ignite is highly relevant to those working in the life sciences sector. It enables companies to develop the entrepreneurial flair and skills needed to understand the opportunities for successful translation and commercialisation of innovations within a tightly regulated environment. Projects can come from any area within the life sciences sector including pharmaceutical products, medical devices, plant sciences, regenerative medicine and stem cell science.

“Ignite was really helpful for me. I had the technology and the company set up, but not the structure to start a technology business. Ignite taught me how to understand the next steps to structure the company, to put down the value proposition and obtain funding. At the end of the week I was excited, confident and motivated to start my business. Since participating on Ignite, I joined the Accelerate Cambridge Programme. I have received VC funding and InnovateUK funding and I am operation a full-time business. I also have a new employee.” Dr Myriam Ouberai, Co-Founder and Director of Spirea, Ignite 2016

The Ignite workshops and mentor sessions are tailored to specific industry and venture requirements. The programme team matches delegates with a mentor who has relevant expertise to maximise the value and return on investment in the week.

Apply by 11 June

This is an exciting opportunity to test out ideas, refine business models, pitch to investors and build networks within a safe environment. If you are looking for meaningful, in-depth and practical support that equips you with the skills, know-how and network to propel your idea to commercial success, apply for Ignite by 11 June 2018.

The Cambridge Judge Entrepreneurship Centre is also keen to work in partnership with companies who are looking to boost innovation and entrepreneurship through funding delegate places at Ignite. The Centre is currently working with La Caixa bank, the University of Cambridge Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPdA) and the Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) and has previously collaborated with the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Quantum Technology Enterprise Centre (QTEC). If you would like to discuss this opportunity further, please contact the Programme Manager, Sayara Thompson. 

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Contact us

Have a question? Please email the team at ignite@jbs.cam.ac.uk 


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