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

The B4i pre-acceleration program has played a key role in turning our business idea into reality through diverse, interactive training sessions and the access to the invaluable network of the Bocconi community.

Giulio Simone and Irene Simone, Zero Impack

The pre-accelerator program was the first step towards becoming a real company. We found full support from the team, and achieved a growth that projected us into the future. We are extremely grateful for that challenging but fulfilling experience.

Antonella Viggiano and Benedetta Fanelli, Khooa

The pre-acceleration program really helped us to hone in on critical areas of our business, and also gave us access to an incredible network of mentors and advisors, many of whom we are still in touch with even after the end of the program!

Dayana Yermolayeva and David Linsey, JiPay

The Pre-Acceleration program is a unique opportunity to turn your business ideas into reality, supported by a network of professionals with extensive experience in creating successful startups.

Clarice Buonsante, Tipicality

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 an early stage business idea. It aims at helping them develop an MVP (minimum viable product), validate their business and plan a go-to-market strategy.

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 support and dedicated perks.

The program is held twice a year and welcomes up to 20 teams per batch. It is completely free and runs online: Saturday morning sessions and evening workshops during the week. This allows entrepreneurs who work or study full-time to participate.
There will also be face-to-face networking events at Bocconi University throughout the program (these events might be held online if f2f will not be viable).

Is it for you?

Some highlights from our 6th batch


selected teams made of 3 members on average

hours of training


1 or 2
mentors assigned to each team

mentorship sessions

The sixth batch of the Pre-Acceleration program will end in December 2022, after 3 months full of learning, iteration and knowledge sharing.
The participants are from a diverse range of age groups and educational and professional backgrounds, enriching the peer-to-peer learning opportunities. Entrepreneurs and professionals with consolidated experience have shared their knowledge and insights, and this has contributed to delivering high value content for all participants.
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 experts and potential investors.


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


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


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

Our application calls open twice a year in May and November.

Eligibility criteria

  • Participants need to be in a team of at least 2 people, who must have reached the age of majority.
  • We expect participants to be able to speak English, since the program is entirely held in English.
  • Please note: we expect participants to attend all sessions and workshops.

Main benefits

  • Dedicated mentor that can help you in developing your startup project at 360°
  • Program format that allows entrepreneurs who work or study full-time to test the validity of their entrepreneurial ideas while keeping their ongoing commitments
  • Access to talent from Bocconi, from bachelor courses to MBAs, through career service support
  • Discounted services from Bocconi and B4i partners, including databases, cloud, CRM, legal, accounting, digital marketing packages, etc.

Affiliated service providers

Alumnus Angel

If you are a Bocconi Alumnus interested in scouting and investing in early stage companies on an individual basis, consider becoming an Alumnus Angel. Since most of our startups begin looking for funding as they complete the Acceleration program, we are opening a communication channel to provide selected information to angel investors within the Alumni community.

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