Pre-Acceleration program
Turning your disruptive idea into a viable business

The Pre-Acceleration program is one of the best opportunities for young startups in Italy. Thanks to B4i, we understood how you can shift from Idea to Startup in the right way.

Alessandro Puppo, Green Games

The Pre-Acceleration program in brief

Our Pre-Accelerator is a 3-month training program designed for aspiring entrepreneurs who are working on early stage business ideas. It aims at helping them develop an MVP (minimum viable product) and validate their business ideas.

Sessions, in the format of practical training and lectures, will cover different aspects of starting up a business, from customer discovery and market assessment to business model and MVP design, operations and financial planning. While attending the program, entrepreneurs will be supported by a dedicated mentor and have access to legal, marketing and financial planning counselling services.

The program is held twice a year and welcomes up to 20 teams per batch. It is completely free and organized in a blended format: there will be sessions to attend at Bocconi University on Saturday mornings and remote evening workshops during the week. This will also allow entrepreneurs who work or study full-time to participate. If carrying out face-to-face lessons will not be viable, the entire program will run online.

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Some highlights from our 2nd batch


selected teams made of 3 members on average

hours of training


mentor assigned to each team

mentorship sessions

The second batch of the Pre-Acceleration program ended in Decembre 2020, after 3 months full of learning, iteration and knowledge sharing.
The group of participants brought together people with very different ages and educational and professional backgrounds. During the program, several topics have been covered and insights have been shared by entrepreneurs and professionals with consolidated experience in varied entrepreneurial ecosystems.
To mark the end of the program, in February, selected teams will participate in a Demo Day pitching their ideas in front of a panel of evaluators.

Eligibility criteria

  • Participants need to be in a team of at least 2 people, who must have reached the age of majority.
  • At least one team member must be either: a student, an alumnus, a researcher, an employee or a member of the faculty of Bocconi University or a student, alumnus or researcher of one of the partner institutions (i.e. Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Politecnico di Milano, Universit√† degli Studi di Milano Statale).
  • We expect participants to commit to attend all sessions and workshops in order to make the most of this opportunity.
Jan 72021

Applications deadline
The application period closes and our team begins the process of candidates selection

Feb 272021

Start of the program
The selected candidates begin their 3-month program

May 222021

End of the program
The initial ideas of entrepreneurs have now taken the form of a minimum viable product


Demo day
Participants will pitch their ideas in front of a panel of evaluators including potential investors, customers and advisors

Main benefits

  • Access to a network of experts and mentors including Bocconi Professors, Alumni across continents and industries, and beyond
  • Direct access to talent from Bocconi and our university partners, from bachelor courses to MBAs
  • Discounted services from Bocconi and B4i partners, including databases, cloud, CRM, legal, accounting, digital marketing packages, etc.
  • Program format that allows entrepreneurs who work or study full-time to test the validity of their entrepreneurial ideas while keeping their ongoing commitments
  • Legal, Marketing and Financial Planning Bureaux available to support entrepreneurs in: selecting appropriate legal structures and addressing privacy, GDPR and IP issues; finetuning customer development and go to market strategies; developing sound financial projections

Legal Clinics

The Legal Clinics are a special program of Bocconi University offering professional legal assistance to support your business. In collaboration with established Italian law firms and notary offices, we provide free legal counseling to the startups participating in the Pre-Acceleration and Acceleration programs.

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Become a Mentor

If you are a skilled and motivated professional, our Mentorship program is a great opportunity to join a dynamic environment where to share your experience and skills to support our startups and expand your business network.

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