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CfEL's Ignite - 01 July to 06 July 2012

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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 14th annual Ignite programme will run from Sunday 1 July to Friday 6 July 2012

More information at

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

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.

The programme is open to:

• 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

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, Execute Technologies; 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.

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


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 29 Feb to get 15% discount. More info at

Step 2: The next step is to complete an application form which is available via the CfEL web site at . Please note, the final deadline for applications is 21st May 2012.

In addition, 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. The Mentor Scheme Induction takes place on Saturday 7th July 2012.

The Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (CfEL) has been running this programme for over ten years with increasing success. Over 537 participants from 26 countries across Europe, Asia and the Americas have attended since the programme started in 1999. The alumni are made up of people from various disciplines and industry sectors such as bioscience, physics, engineering and computer sciences. It is estimated that over 125 business ventures have been developed by Ignite alumni to date and a recent survey established that more than £85 million in funding has been raised by Ignite alumni from 1999-2009.

For further information and a copy of the current brochure, please contact the team by email:

N.B: The 2012 Ignite programme will coincide with the Entrepreneurship Educators Colloquium which the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning is hosting in Cambridge.

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