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.Apply Today
Every team accepted onto the Ignite programme has an outstanding group of investors backing them from day one.
Former Senior Partner, Deloitte
Forward Internet Group
Our mentors share their experience, their wisdom, their successes and their failures with our startups.
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.
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.
Dedicated to building successful high growth businesses across the North East of England.
Email delivery. Simplified.
The premium, global performance marketing platform.
Use standard web languages to build voice, VoIP and SMS applications via a web API.
Investing in your future - European Regional Development Fund.
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
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.
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.