UCC Igniting graduate business programme

Ignite provides a structure where graduates can take a good product or service idea and turn it into a business, writes Elaine O'Regan.

9th February, 2014
Eamon Curtin, Ignite programme director: the focus is on business model development, getting participants to think about who their customer is, what their problem is and how the product can solve that'. Picture: Provision

When Brendan Finnucane embarked on his final-year project as a student of University College Cork's degree course in Business Information Systems in 2012, he could not have imagined that, less than two years later, he would be running his own company with five staff and €100,000 in private investment on board.

Aged just 24, Finnucane runs Vconnecta, a Cork-based start-up specialising in mobile political canvassing solutions and custom-built white-label applications for other door-to-door users.

Finnucane initially came...

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