Dedicated to connecting emerging talent with industry and the public to ignite economic growth, productivity and employment

Connecting you with emerging talent live and online

IGNITE provides an opportunity to search for emerging talent, view, watch and listen to the latest topics from Plymouth's creative institutions, local practitioners and key economic partners. 

The IGNITE Festival of Creativity 2020 was cancelled but our goals for 2021 remain with a hybrid twist, to connect emerging talent, Plymouth’s creative community, industry and the public to ignite economic growth, productivity and employment live and online, contributing to making Plymouth and the region a flourishing and dynamic place to live work and visit.

This website allows

Emerging talent to showcase their personal profiles and portfolios to generate creative, commercial and freelance opportunities

The digital, virtual, 

e-commerce driven world is more important now than ever before

We can adopt new methods to enhance the student experience, drive graduate retention, employer engagement, support self-employment and showcase emerging talent regionally and beyond. 

We recognised the need to present graduates more effectively with professional profiles, give them the best chance possible to be found online, connect them with relevant individuals and organisations in the public and private sector, match them to enquires and support them with project management.

This website allows

Industry and the public to search for the right talent to solve problems, transform businesses and provide solutions to complex social issues

The Bridge Initiative

IGNITE is the emerging talent arm of The Bridge Initiative which helps businesses and organisations to develop new products, services and access resources.

Our experience of showcasing skills and knowledge available through Plymouth's leading institutions, local practitioners, managing our own events and partnerships, means we are perfectly placed to work with businesses and organisations to create emerging talent opportunities, creative content, partnerships, live and online experiences and events. Contact us if you would like discuss emerging talent our services and website. 


We are a team of Producers, Creative Directors, Website Developers, Careers & Employability Advisors and Administrators 

Dan Howson


Lauren Tenn


Miles Noble

Lead Developer

Dave Smith

Creative Director

Our partnership

Led by University of Plymouth, Plymouth College of Art and Plymouth City Council as part of the iMayflower project, the IGNITE website and IGNITE Festival of Creativity is supported with funding from the Cultural Development Fund through Arts Council England and DCMS