IGNITE Business Programme

  • Loca­tion
    Ply­mouth Col­lege of Art, Tavi­s­tock Place, Ply­mouth, PL4 8AT
  • Date
    23.05.2022 — 01.06.2022
  • Time
    17:30 — 19:30
  • Fee
    Free, how­ev­er we ask that you pay a £10 refund­able deposit. More info below.

Key Information

Dates & Times: 23 May - 1 June 2022, 5:30pm - 7:30pm. By registering for this course you agree to attend all 8 sessions.

Venue: In-person training held at Plymouth College of Art, Tavistock Place, Plymouth, UK, PL4 8AT.

Applications: This event is open to Plymouth College of Art & University of Plymouth students or recent graduates (ideally you will have graduated within the last 3 years). If you are a student based at another Plymouth educational institution and are interested in attending, please get in touch:

Cost: This course is free, however we do require a £10 refundable deposit due to limited spaces. The deposit will be fully returned following attendance.

Accreditation: Digital Badges (Accredited by Badge Nation and issued through Credly)

About the Programme

Make your creative business dreams a reality through the IGNITE Business Programme, part of the IGNITE Festival of Creativity. Over 8 workshops delivered by expert business consultant, Mark Cotton, you’ll learn key enterprise skills to kickstart your business ideas after graduation.

Open to all Plymouth College of Art and University of Plymouth students and graduates, this hands-on programme will equip you with practical skills to create your business and prepare your products or ideas for market. By the end of the training, you'll have developed a good understanding of business modelling and planning, supporting you to become a successful entrepreneur through your creative practice.

Confirming your place

This free eventbrite ticket acknowledges your request for a place on the Programme. When booking please provide details about your business stage and ideas (e.g. if you have an idea for a business or are an early-stage startup). Your place is only confirmed once we have contacted you and you have paid the deposit.


Due to the cost of running this course, and limited spaces, we kindly ask that you pay a £10 deposit to secure your place; this will be fully refunded after you have attended at least 6 out of 8 sessions of the Programme. Further information on how to pay your deposit, and secure your place, will be provided after booking.


As you move through the training modules you will gain Digital Badges that evidence your accomplishment in each area; these accreditations can be added to your CV, email signature, or LinkedIn profile to highlight your new business skills.

Digital badges are accredited through Badge Nation (led by Real Ideas and Future Creators) and issued through the Credly platform.

Who is this Programme for?

This training is open to all Plymouth College of Art or University of Plymouth students and recent graduates aged 18 or over. It is perfect for students looking to develop their business skills in preparation for graduation or to grow their existing businesses.

If you are a graduate, you will ideally have graduated within the last 3 years, however if you graduated before 2019 and would like to take part in the Programme, please get in touch. Please also get in touch if you a Plymouth-based student at another educational institution and would like to attend the course:

Other dates

Can't make this date? We'll be running this training again later in the year (dates TBC). To state your interest please complete this form.

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Programme Overview

This programme will support you to gain key business skills over 8 workshops (each 5:30pm-7:30pm):

  • Business Model Generation and Strategy Development
  • Value Proposition Design and Product Diversification
  • Creating Your Brand and Developing Key Messages
  • Customer Insight and Customer Empathy Mapping
  • Marketing in the Digital World
  • Copyright and Intellectual Property
  • Business Planning, Legal Structures, Governance, and Financial Management
  • Pitching and Presenting


Launched in July 2020, University of Plymouth and Plymouth College of Art created a unique spin on the traditional arts degree show via a spectacular website connecting graduates, industry and the public to spark employment, community engagement and new economy projects across Plymouth and beyond. Find out more on IGNITE's website.

This event is part of the iMayflower project and has been supported by The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, who fund the Cultural Development Fund, which is administered by Arts Council England.

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