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Ignite 2015

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Do you have the spark and ambition to be an entrepreneur? Are you ready to take the next steps to making your business innovation a reality? Then sign up to Ignite! The Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning’s Ignite programme will run from Sunday 5th July to Friday 10th July 2015 at Cambridge Judge Business School.

Ignite opens the door once a year to the prestigious Cambridge High Technology Network with experienced entrepreneurs available to help individuals access the right skills, funding and networks to make their innovations a commercial reality. It is an intense, one week training programme for aspiring entrepreneurs and corporate innovators which attracts a diverse range of projects broadly categorised as being from the high-tech sector or life sciences sector. A blend of practical teaching sessions, expert clinics, mentor sessions and experienced advice and support provide the tools, contacts and confidence to transform ideas into successful business projects or ventures. Find out more at

Who is it for?

• Students, graduates or academics considering a new venture

• Solo scientists or technologists seeking to commercialise a new product

• Researchers and Managers from established organisations

• Directors of existing young businesses that are seeking to commercialise a new product or service

Expert contributors:

One of our core values is to involve experienced and new entrepreneurs, practitioners and service providers in the delivery of all programmes, as they have the credibility to teach entrepreneurship through sharing their own experiences and knowledge and inspiring future entrepreneurs. This creates direct links between students and the business community. There are 80-100 contributors to the Ignite week including experts such as Dr Hermann Hauser, Amadeus Capital Partners; David Cleevely, founder of Analysys and co-founder of Abcam; Jamie Urquhart, Pond Ventures; Pawel Piotrowicz, Venner Shipley LLP ; David Gough, First Instar Ltd; Susan Dixon, Legal Surfing; Paul Webster, Ubisense; Darrin Disley, Horizon Discovery; John Read, CYAN Technology plc; and Jane Dancer, Cellzome (UK) Ltd. All the contributors are actively involved in the creation and development of new ideas and ventures.

How to apply:

If you’re interested in signing up and would like to discuss it further, please contact the programme team on 01223 766900 or by email

Step 1:

In order to secure your place(s) and to take advantage of financial discounts, please book as soon as possible. Discount rates are available for those who book early and make full payment up front.

Book by 30 March 2015 for 10% discount

Book by 30 April 2015 5% discount

Step 2:

The next step is to complete an application form which is available via the CfEL web site at

Application deadline: Please note, the final deadline for applications is 18th May 2015.

Mentor Scheme:

In addition, the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (CfEL) has introduced a new mentor scheme to provide structured support to entrepreneurs after completing the programme. Delegates have the opportunity to become members of the scheme, for a fee, in order to continue their access to networks, investors, relevant training and/or events over a further six month period.

Track record of success:

CfEL has been running this programme for over ten years with increasing success. Over 747 participants from 26 countries across Europe, Asia and America have attended Ignite since the programme started. The alumni are made up of people from various disciplines and industry sectors ranging from business management, computer science, electrical and electronic engineering, mathematics, physics, and sociology through to biology, chemistry, genetics, material science and plant science. It is estimated that approximately 170+ business ventures have been created by Ignite alumni and are still up and running. Based on a 2013 alumni survey, more than £120 million in funding has been raised by Ignite alumni ventures and approximately 2500+ jobs were created from 2011-2013.

This talk is part of the Entrepreneurship Centre at Cambridge Judge Business School series.

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