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Empowering the
Entrepreneurial Spirit

Apply for the Ideas to Enterprise (I2E) Business Planning Competition. Registration is officially closed. Please call for information about our next competition.

You can earn grant money — $5,000, $3,000 or $1,000 — plus counseling, advice and support for your business plan.

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57 East Chestnut Street, Washington, PA 15301 • 724.531.6881

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IGNITE is open for success. For you. Your ideas. Your business. Your community.

IGNITE evolved from the Washington Area Business Incubator (WABI), an idea conceived for the next level of developing and fostering new business formation and growing small businesses and nonprofits.

It was – and continues to be – supported through partnerships with Washington & Jefferson College, the City of Washington, Washington County, and the Observer Reporter Publishing Company.

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Become a Member

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When you join the Ignite Business Incubator, you become a part of a community, dedicated to engaging and empowering Washington county residents. Whether you are transforming an idea into an enterprise or have an existing business you are looking to revitalize, we invite you to join as a monthly member or daily drop-in. All are welcome!

Monthly memberships starting at $65.00 per month.


Connect for Success

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IGNITE encourages success through engagement with local professionals and unique business programs and resources.

• Peer-to-peer interaction and learning
• Experienced executives and professionals to help with:
- Finance
- Legal
- Business planning
- Marketing
- Accounting

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• Workshops for entrepreneurs, interns and students
• Business planning and competition  
• Speakers and programming
• Access to grant/award resources

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Support for Success

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In addition to connections, IGNITE provides a collaborative environment designed for entrepreneurs and businesses to work and share ideas.

Flexible Office Space
• Lease opportunities
• Flexible membership opportunities (no long-term commitments)
• Daily facility access
• Private offices
• Co-working spaces
• Conference rooms
• Administrative services
• Mailboxes and mailing address
• Strong WiFi network
• Printers and copiers
• Secure lockers

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Located for Success

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57 East Chestnut Street, Washington, PA 15301

Downtown Washington, PA • Adjacent to main campus of Washington & Jefferson College • Convenient to I-70 and I-79


Plan for Success

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Write a business plan and earn grant money by applying for the Ideas to Enterprise (I2E) Business Planning Competition. The I2E program, part of IGNITE, is building a culture of empowerment, education, connectivity and support by providing grants and expert consultation to new and existing Washington County businesses through a unique business planning competition.

As a part of I2E, you will write a business plan which can result in earning grant money — $5,000, $3,000 or $1,000. Plus counseling, advice and support for your business plan.

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“I am grateful for the continued support of Ignite and the resources provided by I2E. The expert advice and collaborative environment has been invaluable on my entrepreneurial journey, especially in assistance with the entity formation, our business plan and branding. What About STEAM has been able to provide educational-enriching STEM programming, made possible by I2E.”
— Christine Coyle, PhD

Empowerment • Education • Connectivity • Support