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
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, open to individuals with any educational background and business experience and runs online: Saturday morning sessions and evening workshops during the week, with networking events at Bocconi University organized throughout the program. The participants are from a diverse range of age groups and educational and professional backgrounds, enriching the peer-to-peer learning opportunities.
To mark the end of the program, the best teams are selected to present in a Demo Day, pitching their ideas in front of a panel of experts and potential investors.
From our 7th batch
selected teams made of 3 members on average
hours of training
1 or 2
mentors assigned to each team
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
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.
The program is open to anyone (it is not necessary to be a Bocconi student or alumnus/a) anywhere, but to be eligible you must meet certain requirements:
Institutional Relations & Scouting @ LIFTT
Author, Startup Program Design
Director of Technology Innovation @ Taylor & Francis Group
Partner @ Corporate Hangar, Professor @ SDA Bocconi, MBA
Lecturer @ Marketing Department at Bocconi
Digital Entrepreneur & CEO @ 4books
Co-founder @ Mapo Tapo & Go-to-Market Strategy Manager @ Doctolib (Italia)
Sales Manager @ PonyU
Associate Professor of Leadership @ SDA Bocconi School of Management
Manager @ DGM Consulting Srl and Teaching Assistant @ Bocconi University
Senior Associate @ Orrick
Notary @ Giamalex
Trainer and Coach
CEO and Co-founder @ TeiaCare
Director, Master in Strategy, Entrepreneurship & Innovation (MISA) @ SDA Bocconi
Security Consulting Senior Manager @ Accenture
Senior Principal Success Manager @ Salesforce
Associate @ Kois
Partner @ Collectibus srl società benefit
VP Corporate Development @ Lansweeper
Managing Partner @ AB Innovation Consulting
Full professor of Management @ LUMSA University
Chief Marketing, Products and Digital Officer @ Clementoni
Marketing Manager @ Ferrero
Venture Building Consultant
Consultant and Advisor (ex-Zalando, Yoox-Net-a-Porter, sundayapp)
Omnichannel Client Director @ Mirror
Co-founder & CEO @ Off Script
Head of Commercial InPost
Emily S. Turilli Ghisolfi
Associate @ ADYA
Fintech Expert | Investor | Manager | Advisor
Fragrances Brands General Manager @ The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. (Italy)
Guido Maria Vimercati
Founder of Hurrah.eu
Director Business Development @ Brainlab
Giorgia di Summa
Business Development Manager at Alma
Head of Digital Services & Consumption @ Universal Music Italia
CFO @ ALTO Robotics SpA
Marianna Lo Zoppo
Junior Lecturer @ SDA Bocconi | PhD Candidate @ Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Junior Life Science Innovation Manager @ Bioindustry Park Silvano Fumero S.p.A.
By joining the Bocconi community, founders will have access to the services that are usually dedicated to students and staff.
Many of the Bocconi Alumni are founders themselves, if not investors or managers. Entrepreneurs will benefit from the vast expertise and learn from the diverse experiences of the Alumni who are part of our community.
While working on campus, entrepreneurs will have access to a vast array of databases from the Bocconi Library (in-person access only), gaining that competitive edge when assessing users, investors and competitors.
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 startups begin looking for funding as they complete the Acceleration program, B4i is opening a communication channel to provide selected information to angel investors within the Alumni community, facilitating opportunities with entrepreneurs.
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