IGNITE Program

Idea Foundry’s Ignite Program provides early-stage entrepreneurs with the skills, knowledge, and one-on-one support needed to ignite the fire behind their idea and propel them towards a sustainable business.
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This program is designed to equip beginning and early-stage entrepreneurs with the skills and personalized guidance to build a more sustainable business. The program includes 6 group education modules, conducted live with trained Idea Foundry staff. These cover a range of topics starting from entrepreneurial characteristics and moving into the fundamentals of market analysis and segmentation, messaging, business models, investment and growth preparation, and more. Coupled with these education sessions are individual sessions with Idea Foundry mentors, during which the materials and tools are directly applied to the participant’s business or idea, focusing on their weaknesses and priority areas to create a program that provides real value to each participant. Specific cohorts can be offered over a condensed, intensive time period or over an extended period. See specific program announcements for details.

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. You must have a viable business idea and concrete plans to launch the business, but you do NOT have to have an existing business.
  2. This program is best suited for new entrepreneurs. If you have an existing business which has been operating for a year or more, you may find that the program does not suit your needs well.
  3. Participants must have a professional proficiency in English in order to participate in group and individual meetings during the program. If you believe that language may be a barrier for your ability to participate in the program, please email info@ideafoundry.org and we will work with you to accommodate your needs to the fullest extent possible.

‍Additional requirements or focus areas may be included in specific cohort announcements.


Focus areas

Idea Foundry's portfolio focuses on impact. Our focus areas have evolved with the changing needs and priorities of the region. While the innovations and businesses we work with address specific and often complex problems, they create an impact in areas which are basic societal or environmental necessities.

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How to apply

Applications for this program are by invitation only. We encourage interested parties to reach out and have meetings with our team.

Entrepreneurs: Idea Foundry holds some open application periods and others which are focused on a specific industry/region. There are currently no open calls for proposals. Check back on this page for updated details on open application periods.


Partners: If you are an entrepreneurial support organization who would like to hold an Ignite Program specifically for your portfolio of entrepreneurs, please contact info@ideafoundry.org to see how we can collaborate on a personalized program for your entrepreneurs.