The fourth Bocconi for Innovation Startup Call is open this year, for the first time, to everyone: from 10 May to 4 July 2021, aspiring entrepreneurs can apply for the B4i – Bocconi for innovation pre-acceleration and acceleration programs. The new institutional partnership with the University of Milano-Bicocca has also been announced.
To take part in the Bocconi for Innovation Startup Call, there are some mandatory minimum requisites, such as being a team of a minimum of two people, of legal adult age. For the acceleration path, the startup must also be incorporated as a limited company (SRL or equivalent) prior to the start of the program in September 2021, have some measurable market validation indicators (active users, pipeline of potential clients, revenue, etc) and provide for the founders’ full-time commitment.
The three areas of specialization of B4i – Bocconi for innovation are Digital Tech coordinated by Massimo Della Ragione, Sustainability led by Stefano Pogutz and Made in Italy led by Gabriella Lojacono, dedicated particularly to the sectors: agriculture-food, fashion, design, industry 4.0 and art, culture and leisure time.
In addition to an investment of 30 thousand Euros and a four-month program, the accelerator, B4i – Bocconi for innovation, helps the startups to define their business with a specific focus on growth, product and team development, as well as to assists interaction with mentors, expert consultants and companies operating in their sectors of interest.
It also provides access to a network of services – Legal Clinics, accounting, digital marketing and communication – and dedicated sessions with experts – such as professors and alumni from Bocconi University – and professionals such as entrepreneurs, investors and company C-levels.
The startups can also develop commercial networks and sales channels, make use of specially discounted services, such as databases, clouds, CRM, dedicated consultancy and much more as well. A special campus space has also been set up for them, with modern offices to be shared with other startups and program partners – a facility that can be used safely and in observance of the regulations and decrees regarding the Covid-19 pandemic.
On completion of the acceleration program, for those who have most distinguished themselves during the acceleration path, B4i – Bocconi for innovation gives the startups the opportunity to make a presentation in front of angel investors and venture capital funds.
As a pre-accelerator, B4i – Bocconi for innovation welcomes entrepreneurial ideas that are still at the concept phase, to support them in validating their idea up to the so-called MVP (minimum viable product). The program consists of eleven sessions that address the main aspects of developing a startup.
B4i – Bocconi for innovation is headed up by the Dean for Innovation, Markus Venzin, and the Operational Director, Nico Valenti Gatto, and counts on important institutional partners such as the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia in Genoa (IIT), Politecnico di Milano, Università Statale di Milano, University of Milano-Bicocca and operational partners such as Plug and Play, Invitalia, Kilometro Rosso and Le Wagon.
Through its various partnerships, B4i – Bocconi for innovation aims to blend the complementary skills among the universities, aiding the dialogue between various academic clusters and offering a platform that can be used to develop their own entrepreneurial projects.
“We are happy and ready to welcome new business ideas and support the startups, which will be selected for their entrepreneurial ability, their ambition and adaptation of their business models according to continually evolving market needs, as well as their team quality, project innovativeness, reference market attraction and growth potentialюsaid Nico Valenti Gatto, Operational Director of B4i – Bocconi for innovation.
We aim to create a hub where entrepreneurs can grow and confront the market with awareness. We are proud to be able to begin working with entrepreneurs from all over Italy, Europe and we hope also from all over the world. Our commitment is to attract the highest possible number of high-value business ideas, offering a mix of training and resources to develop the projects, aiding business development opportunities”.
For applications and more information: https://b4i.unibocconi.it/application