The IX Startup Call for B4i's Acceleration and Preacceleration Programs Is Officially Open

The IX Startup Call for B4i's Acceleration and Preacceleration Programs Is Officially Open


B4i - Bocconi for innovation officially launches its 9th Startup Call opening the applications for its next acceleration and pre-acceleration programs. Aspiring participants can apply by 7 January.

B4i’s acceleration and pre-acceleration programs aim to support entrepreneurs and their businesses through the expertise of the team, the resources, and the broader network of Bocconi University.
Participants will have the opportunity to enhance their visibility through events organized by B4i, its partners, and Bocconi University, such as TechChill Milano, the Italy Startup Conference, Startup Weekend, and presentations by founders and CEOs of Scale-Ups and Unicorns.

Pre-acceleration program
The pre-acceleration program is structured over a 3-month period of time with online training sessions held on Saturdays to help founders with previous work or study commitments. Each startup will have dedicated mentors to help them work on the validation of their idea through the definition of their business model, competition analysis, marketing & sales strategy, and finally develop an MVP (minimum viable product).

Acceleration program
Early-stage startup founders can apply to the 4-month acceleration. The selected teams will receive an upfront cash investment of €50.000, fundraising support throughout the program and beyond, and various services among which 6-month legal assistance, on-campus office space, digital marketing support, and mentorship from leading professionals.

Application and Deadline
Applicants should propose innovative solutions that solve existing problems and always back up their claims with market research data. While presenting the Unique Selling Proposition (USP), founders should also demonstrate how their business stands up from the competition. The team itself is an essential ingredient for a successful application, and B4i carefully evaluates each member’s strength, and how complementary they are to each other.

To facilitate you through the application process, you can consult the comprehensive guidelines and recommendations on how to properly answer the questions and structure your pitch.

Submit your application at this link by 7 January. For any further questions or doubts you can go through the FAQ page or email the B4i’s team at

by Andrea Celauro

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