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 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).
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
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.
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.
Associate Professor, SDA Bocconi School of Management
Partner, Corporate Hangar
CEO, Centro Medico Santagostino
Professor, SDA Bocconi School of Management
General Partner, 360 Capital
Managing Associate, Linklaters
Operations Manager, Le Wagon Italy
CEO & Co-founder, teiacare
Professor of Management Accounting and Control Systems, SDA Bocconi
Program & Community Specialist - Open Accelerator, Zambon
Business Development Manager, SANS EMEA
Founder and Board Member, IMPACTAGE
Junior Research Analyst, Openzone
General Manager Europe, Sunday
Risk & Strategy Officer - Co-founder, Credimi
Managing Partner and Legal Advisor, AB Innovation Consulting
Associate Design Director, Frog
Commercial and Marketing Leadership, InPost
General Manager, Neauvia
Investment Analyst, HTH
Managing Director, Merrill Lynch
Market & Fundraising, Enry's Island
Head of Digital Marketing & Analytics, Velasca
Professor - Strategy & Entrepreneurship, SDA Bocconi
Business Development Director
Sales Director Italy, LINK Mobility Group
CEO & Founder, Luky
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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