An experiential learning program for aspiring entrepreneurs

“Extremely insightful and educational into the world of business start-ups. I felt that the overall caliber of guest speakers, sessions’ content, and administrators and staff involved was all fantastic. I truly enjoyed meeting everyone, working with the professors/educators, and engaging in a professional environment.”

Samuel Pressman

Program Overview

The Ignition Lab is an experiential learning program for Pratt’s aspiring entrepreneurs. Accepted participants will take part in a 7-month intensive program that will expose them to the practices of creating a startup with guidance from and access to an Entrepreneur in Residence, diverse mentors with expertise in various facets of entrepreneurship, and speakers known around the world for their startup success. Working with a team from October 2020 to April 2021, the Ignition Lab participants will attend 6 workshop sessions, building the foundational knowledge to launch a business. Theory will be put into practice as each team develops a business plan around a viable product which they will pitch to a panel of entrepreneurship luminaries at the conclusion of the program. Additionally, students that participate fully and pitch in the final will receive a certificate of completion. NOTE:  Sessions will be virtual for at least the Fall 2020 semester and possibly the Spring including the Pitch depending on school policy.

Applications for 2020-2021 are now open! (Application deadline is Friday October 2, 2020 by 5pm)

Click here to view the 2020-2021 Application.

Click here to download Ignition Lab schedule and additional information.

Click to view the Ignition Lab talks:
2018/2019 Ignition Lab talks
2017/2018 Ignition Lab talks