DECEMBER 28, 2019 - JANUARY 3, 2020 

Sometimes you need to disconnect to reconnect.


Step out of your comfort zone, away from your regular routine. Close the laptop, put away the phone, and leave the city, for an immersive travel experience where you will connect with unique, inspiring peers and rediscover your best self.

Welcome to Startup Island - Ignite 2020!

Give 2020 the jump start it needs to achieve your goals. After six days with an inspiring new community, you will leave with a fresh mentality, and the knowledge, resources, and hunger to create the life you desire.

Who will be there:

Ignite 2020 is for anyone looking to start off their year in the purest way possible... experiencing the power of travel and nature to fuel meaningful connections, personal growth, and as a result, building the life you crave.

Expect to be surrounded by fellow travel enthusiasts, founders and remote workers, artists and designers, health and wellness professionals, personal development nerds, and of course yourself, if any of this sounds like your kinda tribe.

"ignite started my year off right. Every Activity planned by the team fueled thoughtfulness, adventure, imagination and positivity. It was amazing to bring that mindset - as well as concrete, specific practices - home with me." 

—  Alexis Cohen, NYC

What to expect:

For Ignite 2020, we're stoked to be teaming up for the second year in a row with our friend and SI Alum, Sarah Gaines, for her unique ability to blend fitness, mindfulness & fun, as she has done for programs from Boston to Australia. 

Designed to tap into your entrepreneurial-mindset and unleash your creative freedom, this program will deep-dive into facilitated conversations and workshops. Topics include the state of human connection, work-life balance, and reflection-propelled action plans to make 2020 the best year of your life.

Guided yoga and meditation will take place every morning, plus alternative exercise and movement classes, beachside activities, and plenty of time for rest and relaxation.


As always, you can also expect a meaningful cultural exchange day, along with other local excursions and opportunities to explore our surroundings.

Sound like something you'd be into?

Tell us a little about yourself and why you want to participate in IGNITE. We'll reach out to chat more about how we can help make 2020 your best year yet!

Our home for the week: Beachcomber at Las Canas, Dominican Republic

As many of you know, we spend hundreds of hours carefully selecting the location of each retreat we host. Beachcomber is much more than just a beautiful beach-side destination (though that never hurts!), but a partner whose people, philosophy and energy embody the spirit of the Startup Island mission.

During your time here, you'll be residing in private cabinas, but likely spending most of your time at the pool, beach, yoga studio and beautiful workshop areas. Additionally you can get excited about the gym, hot tubs, beach volleyball, and basketball court for free time workouts and fun!

Pricing and what's included:

- Six nights lodging in private cabinas

- 3 meals per day 

- Snacks, drinks, and adult beverages

- Off-site excursions and activities

- Personal & professional development workshops

- Daily guided yoga & meditation

- Movement classes, fitness facilities

- Assistance with travel to and from the DR

- Bonus materials & SWAG bag

- 24/7 staff and guides on private grounds

- Invitation to Startup Island alumni community, including online forums, meetups, ongoing support & connections

- Access to Startup Island mentor network for life

This all-inclusive week is just the beginning of your Startup Island experience. Following IGNITE, we offer regularly scheduled meetups and ongoing support channels. Our goal is not only to build community, but to keep you accountable and on track towards the intentions you set for 2020 and beyond.


All-Inclusive Price: $1,989

*Must be at least 21 to attend this program*

Other frequently asked questions:


What are some takeaways that will affect my life post-Startup Island?


IGNITE is just the beginning. Once you travel with us, you become part of our growing alumni network of entrepreneurial minds from all over the world. The community is available as a resource to you for life.

Other takeaways our travelers experience include:

Refined goals that are consistent with your core values, and an action plan to achieve those goals


New business ideas, partnerships, and collaboration opportunities


Leveling up side-projects


Increased self-awareness, confidence, perspective, and empathy


Energy and stress-management techniques


Tools to flex the idea muscle and become a creative machine


A healthier relationship with technology​


Are flights included?

Flights are the only thing not included in the price offered here. That said, we're happy to help you find the best flights possible, and can provide assistance with trip extensions if you want to be in the DR longer than a week, or if you want to travel elsewhere.


We will let you know when it's best to arrive and depart, to make sure we can provide appropriate ground transportation from the airport to the retreat property. Ground transportation is included, and that you will not have to worry about.


What should I pack?

We send out a packing list one month before each of our trips, to ensure that you have enough time to prepare. In the meantime, think minimalism.​


Will I have cell phone service?

There is WiFi available in certain areas of the retreat property, so that you can check in with the outside world during free time, if you’d like. That said, we aim to create a space that’s healthily disconnected from technology, where you don't need or want to use your devices.


What's the rooming situation like?

You will be sleeping in big, beautiful cabinas with 2 travelers per room. Everyone will have their own bed and private space for clothing and personal items. All cabinas have running water, as well as a little patio area for hangin’ during free time.


How's the food?

Food is a top priority on all of our trips. Expect delicious meals served for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, along with vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. If you have any restrictions or allergies, you will have a chance to let us know on your pre-trip questionnaire, which you will receive after you are accepted into the program and your spot is secured.


How do I pay for the trip?

After you apply, we will be in touch with next steps. If accepted into the program, you will receive a deposit form for $500 to lock in your spot. We're also happy to offer payment plans to spread the cost of the trip out over several months -- we will gladly work with you to make your trip a reality.


Okay, I'm ready to sign up. How do I do it?

Awesome! Click here to apply and tell us about yourself. We'll then be in touch with next steps.