B4i’s acceleration and pre-acceleration programs aim to support entrepreneurs and their businesses through the expertise of the team, the resources, and the broader network of Bocconi University.
Participants will have the opportunity to enhance their visibility through events organized by B4i, its partners, and Bocconi University, such as TechChill Milano, the Italy Startup Conference, Startup Weekend, and presentations by founders and CEOs of Scale-Ups and Unicorns.
The pre-acceleration program is structured over a 3-month period of time with online training sessions held on Saturdays to help founders with previous work or study commitments. Each startup will have dedicated mentors to help them work on the validation of their idea through the definition of their business model, competition analysis, marketing & sales strategy, and finally develop an MVP (minimum viable product).
Early-stage startup founders can apply to the 4-month acceleration. The selected teams will receive an upfront cash investment of €50.000, fundraising support throughout the program and beyond, and various services among which 6-month legal assistance, on-campus office space, digital marketing support, and mentorship from leading professionals.
Applicants should propose innovative solutions that solve existing problems and always back up their claims with market research data. While presenting the Unique Selling Proposition (USP), founders should also demonstrate how their business stands up from the competition. The team itself is an essential ingredient for a successful application, and B4i carefully evaluates each member’s strength, and how complementary they are to each other.
To facilitate you through the application process, you can consult a comprehensive guideline and recommendations on how to properly fill the questions and structure you pitch.