Wednesday 27th November | Muziekgebouw | Amsterdam

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.

25th Anniversary

An exhibition of SPARK’s history

To celebrate SPARK’s 25th anniversary, IGNITE will feature a small exhibition of the history of our organisation. From galvanising Dutch student activists to take action during the Balkans War, to today with SPARK spanning 14 fragile regions. 




Per Heggenes

CEO of IKEA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Swedish home furnishings...
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Ousseynou Nakoulima

Director, IFC Western Europe Department. Mr. Nakoulima is the Director of Western...
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Ahmad Bayram

Techstars MEA Regional Manager & Jusoor Programme Director. Ahmad Sufian Bayram is...
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Josephine Goube

CEO, Techfugees. An alumnus from both Sciences Po Paris and the London...
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Matching youth to jobs

Providing youth with an efficient pathway to sustainable employment is a complex...
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Women under the spotlight: Entrepreneurship in conflict

Women are an integral part of the economy. When more women work,...
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Partnerships for Jobs, Part 1 (MENA)

Global catastrophes can’t be solved globally, but need a local approach, by...
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Millennials doing agribusiness in Africa

What is needed to boost young people’s engagment in agribusiness? 77 percent...
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Creating jobs in Syria

Around 2010 the unemployment rate in Syria was at 8.6%, but after...
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Partnerships for Jobs, Part 2 (Europe)

Networks, resources, innovation and experience put the private sector a unique position...
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Startup Roadshow


Startup Roadshow for Syrian entrepreneurs

Once again, IGNITE will decide the winners of the Startup Roadshow. The competition is the world’s first roadshow for Syrian entrepreneurs and offers young people with innovative business ideas to get trained, join a 5-day bootcamp and pitch for the chance to win up to $15,000! 

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Volunteer with us

To turn this day into a memorable, enjoyable event, we are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join our young, international team for the day! You want to be part of our team? Then please complete this form and let us know more about yourself. 


Delighted to announce our first confirmed conference partners: