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Launched in fall 2017, the Ignition Lab is a team-based experiential learning program for Pratt’s aspiring entrepreneurs. Accepted participants will take part in a seven-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 2018 to April 2019. The Ignition Lab participants will attend six 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.

Check out the Ignition Lab website for information about upcoming info sessions and the timeline for the year.

Application and Eligibility

The Ignition Lab is a team-based program. Applications must be submitted by teams comprised of at least two but no more than five people. Individual applicants are encouraged to attend one or more information sessions to find others who may be trying to form a team. Participants must be either a current student or alumni who completed a degree program at Pratt. Applications require all team members to be listed, including each individual’s role (ex. programmer, marketer, etc.). Each team will provide a brief description of their business idea and respond to questions that begin the thought process for a viable product in the application.

Access the application
Applications are due by 5 PM (EST) Monday, October 1, 2018.
Applicants will be notified of selection one week after application deadline.

The Ignition Lab is a non-credit opportunity sponsored by Pratt Institute’s Center for Career & Professional Development and participation is voluntary. All team members must be committed to carry out their share of the deliverables (as listed under Program Components), attend every session, and agree to the terms of the program. Teams must remain intact throughout the seven-month period.


“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

“It was educational, made some mistakes, took note of these shortcomings for a better next time. It was a great opportunity, every meeting has not only been educational but inspiring.” —Andrew Saldivar

“Carl, James and Liz were always awesome and motivating. They always said that it is not about the competition, that we already won because we were committed for almost a year. Sometimes it may not feel like it. But in ignition lab it was really like that. In this pitch competition I really felt like we were all there to be better and make the world a better place. I am glad for all the ideas and all the teams and friendships.” —Isil  Akgul


For questions about the Ignition Lab, contact Carl Fengler, Associate Director at You can learn more about the Ignition Lab at