Dreamers, schemers and upstarts welcome.

Ignite is all new for 2014 - three world-class accelerator programmes (Summer, Autumn, Winter), each up to 18 weeks long, backed by an amazing group of investors and an unrivalled alumni network.

It's a great deal in terms of cash and equity - a straight £18,000 ($30,000) per team in return for 6% to 9% in equity. We'll provide you with workspace for up to six months, and you can take advantage of our ongoing incubator programme.

Applications for our Summer programme are open now. Find out more or apply now.

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FAQ

Investors

Every team accepted onto the Ignite programme has an outstanding group of investors backing them from day one.

Andy Stevens

Andy Stevens

ASAP Ventures

Paul Smith

Chris Mairs

Metaswitch

Paul Smith

Doug Scott

ASAP Ventures

Paul Smith

Duncan Jennings

Founder, VoucherCodes.co.uk

Paul Smith

Gerry Boon

Former Senior Partner, Deloitte

Paul Smith

Jon Thornes

Cool Milk

Paul Smith

Jonathan Forster

Spotify

Graham Morley

Laurence Marlor

Rentalcars.com

Michael Edwards

Michael Edwards

Traffic Junction

Neil Hutchinson

Neil Hutchinson

Forward Internet Group

Paul Smith

Simon Bichara

Angel Investor

Paul Smith

Steve Pankhurst

Founder, FriendsReunited

Paul Smith

Northstar Ventures

Mentors

Our mentors share their experience, their wisdom, their successes and their failures with our startups.

Brittney Bean

Songdrop

Courtney Boyd-Myers

Audience

Deb McGargle

Particular

Dotun Olowoporoku

meals.co.uk

Fiona Cruickshank

Fiona Cruickshank

SCM Pharma

Jim Brown

Jim Brown

Sherpa

Lucy Armstrong

Lucy Armstrong

The Alchemists

Matthew Rippon

Particular

Nichola Bates

RepKnight

Raphaelle Heaf

Government Digital Service

Alan Moore

SMLXL

Alasdair Greig

Northstar Ventures

Alex Buchan

Northstar Ventures

Alex Depledge

hassle.com

Alex Hunter

Angel Investor

Alex Van Someren

Amadeus Capital Partners

Andrew Weisz

Lean Investments

Andy Young

Stripe

Angela Watts

Spotify

Chrys Chrysanthou

Accel Partners

Paul Smith

David Pritchard

Angel Investor

Di Gates

Stick Theory

Fede Pirzio

Playfair Capital

Graham Morley

Clicksco

Herb Kim

Thinking Digital

James Parton

Twilio

James Rutherford

Creative Technologist

John O'Nolan

Ghost

John Webb

Rackspace

Jon Bradford

Techstars

Jules Coleman

hassle.com

Kieron Donoghue

playlists.net

Lee Simpson

The Guardian

Paul Smith

Maria Dramalioti-Taylor

Angel Lab

Martin Bryant

The Next Web

Martyn Davies

Sendgrid

Mat Clayton

Mixcloud

Mike Bromilow

Trinamo

Nick Edgar

IP Group

Nick Moutter

Admedo

Oli Wood

Canddi

Oliver Waters

Momento

Paul Fellows

PHG

Paul Lancaster

Sage

Paul Rawlings

Screenreach

Paul Whitehead

We R Interactive

Pete Watson

Atlas Cloud

Rich Waldron

tray.io

Richard Exley

Angel Investor

Russell Buckley

Ball Park Ventures

Sam Lambert

Github

Stephen Price

Northstar Ventures

Stuart Dredge

The Guardian

Syd Lawrence

Twilio / Tomahawk

Tim Jackson

Lean Investments

Tim Langley

Canddi

Tim Rea

Tim Rea

Palringo

Troy Collins

Secret Escapes

Will Mills

Shazam

The home of startups
in the North of England

Campus North is our new 10,000 sq ft venue dedicated to technology startups. When it launches in June, Campus North will be home to over 150 founders, developers and designers, as well as hosting local tech meetups and educational workshops.

Campus residents can take advantage of our ongoing incubator programme, offering exclusive events and Office Hours. Want to join us?

Back the Project

"...if you're passionate about something and you're driven and you're focused, then you can pretty much do anything that you want to do in life."— Dave Grohl.

Partners

Several of our partners are based in Newcastle and the UK; others stretch around the world. All are committed to supporting the vision of early-stage technology startups.

Northstar Ventures

Northstar Ventures

Dedicated to building successful high growth businesses across the North East of England.

Sendgrid

Sendgrid

Email delivery. Simplified.

Performance Horizon Group

Performance Horizon Group

The premium, global performance marketing platform.

Twilio

Twilio

Use standard web languages to build voice, VoIP and SMS applications via a web API.

North East Finance

European Union

Investing in your future - European Regional Development Fund.

Worldwide Investor Network

Particular

The law firm that gets stuff done. We help clever people take brilliant ideas from the drawing-board to the marketplace.

"If you can’t feed a team with two pizzas, it’s too large.”
– Jeff Bezos, Amazon

About Ignite

Based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne - a lively, diverse, cosmopolitan city and one of the UK's strongest tech clusters outside the capital - and with operations in London and NYC, Ignite operates one of Europe’s top accelerator programmes as well as one of the largest venues dedicated to early-stage technology startups.

Founded in 2011 by Colin Willis (Hotspur Capital), Jon Bradford (Techstars) and Paul Smith, Ignite was expected to be a one-off, three month programme. Instead, the city’s appetite for technology and collaboration saw Ignite grow into an independent co-working space and venue.

As Newcastle’s ambition grew, so did we. Two years later, Ignite launched a Community Fund to help improve the quality and quantity of Newcastle and Gateshead-based tech meetups, and become the regional coordinators for national educational charity CodeClub. This year, Campus North opened its doors - a new home for over 150 founders, developers and designers.

Ignite is funded primarily through commercial activity, and has also raised investment from Northstar Ventures through the FBNE Accelerator Fund, managed by North East Finance as part of the £125m FBNE programme. That programme was made possible through funding from the European Regional Development Fund 2007-2013 and the European Investment Bank.

Team

We've founded businesses, raised investment, created apps, launched products, been knocked down, got back up. We’ve walked a mile in plenty of shoes.

Contact

Contact us via email to discuss your application for the Ignite accelerator programme, Campus North membership or venue hire. Alternatively, you can also find us on Twitter.

  • Email hello@ignite100.com
  • Address Campus North, Sunco House, 5 Carliol Square, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 6UF
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