Wednesday 28 November | Muziekgebouw | Amsterdam

Be part of the only event worldwide that brings together refugees, entrepreneurs, education experts, private sector, governments, academia and NGOs to improve higher education, promote sustainable economic empowerment and strengthen leadership amongst young people in fragile states.




Sigrid Kaag

Sigrid Kaag is Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation (Trade...
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Femi Oke

Femi Oke will be the host of IGNITE 2018. She is a...
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Mansur Muhtar

Mansur Muhtar is Vice President (Country Program Complex) of Islamic Development Bank....
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Alexander Betts

Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs and Fellow of Green-Templeton College...
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Femke Halsema

Femke Halsema is the current Mayor of Amsterdam. Educated as a criminologist,...
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Kilian Kleinschmidt

Kilian Kleinschmidt is a humanitarian and refugee expert with over 25 years...
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Dania Ismail

Dania Ismail is the co-founder of Jusoor, an NGO created to harness...
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Patricia Atkinson

Patricia Atkinson is Chief Program Officer at IKEA Foundation, overseeing the Foundation’s...
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Select the 2 workshops you will attend (1 morning, 1 afternoon) when registering for IGNITE:

What Businesses Can Do to Support Refugees

Business around the world are becoming more interested in contributing to solutions...
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Halmachu! How to Prevent Violent Extremism

In recent years many Kurdish youth have joined violent extremist groups such...
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No Internet: Mobile Solutions for Entrepreneurship

Rural entrepreneurs in Sub-Saharan Africa have long faced challenges in getting products...
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Startup Roadshow

5 cities, 100 teams, 10 finalists…the Startup Roadshow is coming to IGNITE!


This September, Jusoor and SPARK launched Phase 1: the Startup Roadshow for Syrian entrepreneurs in 5 different cities (Beirut, Erbil, Amman, Gaziantep, Istanbul).  Startup teams were trained and 10 finalists selected.


Phase 2 invites the 10 finalists to Amsterdam to recieve a two-day pitch training from the Young Advisory Group (YAG), alongside refugee entrepreneurs in the Netherlands.


Finally, in Phase 3, the Syrian entrepreneurs will have the chance to pitch at IGNITE2018 to win startup grants of up to $8K. During IGNITE, you’ll have the opportunity to award your favourite business idea the YAG Audience Award of up to €3K!


Check out the finalists below:


Phase 1: September 22 - October 25

Jusoor creates a Startup Roadshow competition where 2 projects from Syrian entrepreneurs...
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Phase 2: November 26-27

The Young Advisory Group (YAG) provides the finalists with pitch trainings to...
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Phase 3: November 28

10 finalists listed below compete for a chance to win the YAG...
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Median Abd Albaki - BEIRUT

Median Abd Albaki co-created Loop, a peer-to-peer platform for exchanging and commercializing...
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Ahmad Al Hamwi - BEIRUT

Ahmad Alhamwi won the first prize in the Early stage track, for...
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Masaoud Ali - ERBIL

Masaoud Ali is the co-founder of Agri-Answer, a startup which is an AgriTech...
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Nov 27: Alexander Betts at Rode Hoed


Public Debate with Alexander Betts at Rode Hoed
Tuesday 27th November, 2018 | 20:00 – 22:00


We’re proud to partner with Rode Hoed – one of Amsterdam’s oldest public debate houses – to bring an exciting pre-event lecture on the eve of IGNITE: ‘How to fix the refugee system’ offers the chance to discuss with one of IGNITE’s keynote speakers: University of Oxford Professor and Director of the Refugee Studies Centre, Alexander Betts. Joining him will be Deputy Director of Stichting Vluchteling, Arjan Hehenkamp and Andrea Vonkeman, Head of UNHCR Netherlands.



                                                            08:30-09:00 Registration
                                                            09:00-09:15 Welcome to IGNITE
                                                            09:15-09:30 Opening by Mayor of Amsterdam, Femke Halsema
                                                            09:30-09:45 Keynote by Minister Sigrid Kaag
                                                            09:45-10:00 Keynote by Prof. Alexander Betts, University of Oxford
                                                            10:00-11:35 Workshops
                                                            11:35-11:55 Break
                                                            11:55-12:10 Keynote by Dr. Mansour Muhtar, Islamic Development Bank
                                                            12:10-12:25 Keynote (TBC)
                                                            12:25-12:45 Talk of the Day
                                                            12:45-13:45 Lunch
                                                            13:45-14:00 Keynote (TBC)
                                                            14:00-14:15 Keynote by Dania Ismail, Jusoor
                                                            14:15-14:45 Startup Roadshow 
                                                            14:45-15:10 Break
                                                            15:10-16:40 Workshops
                                                            16:40-16:50 Ink Strategy
                                                            16:50-17:10 Talk of the Day 
                                                            17:10-17:25 Startup Roadshow
                                                            17:25-17:45 Closing Ceremony
                                                            17:45-18:30 Drinks


We’re proud to partner on IGNITE2018 with: