B4i selects the most innovative ideas and the startups with the greatest potential to help them grow and succeed by investing the experience, knowledge, time and resources of the wider Bocconi community.
We select business ideas and startups that propose innovative solutions to real market needs to join our Pre-Acceleration and Acceleration programs. As a participant, you will be supported to develop and unleash the full potential of your project through training, mentorship, coaching, networking opportunities and capital investments. Project applications to B4i programs are open twice a year.
Furthermore, our Innovation and Corporate Entrepreneurship Center offers innovation services dedicated to corporates, SMEs and startups.
From idea to Minimum Viable Product: our program to turn disruptive ideas into viable businesses.
Best for first time entrepreneurs, Bocconi recent graduates, alumni and student, corporate teams
From prototype to product-market fit: focusing on product and customers to grow your startup backed by a €30k investment.
Best for innovative startups in a growing market
The companies of B4i’s growing startup community operate in a wide range of markets, from medical assistance to AI powered investments, online recruiting, Made in Italy, ethical fashion, food, sustainability and more.
Starting from the Bocconi University ecosystem, we open the way for enterprising individuals to develop their entrepreneurial potential and make a meaningful impact on society.
We stimulate employment by supporting the entrepreneurial community with university education and also with relevant skills, capital, and services. We contribute to creating a fertile ground for entrepreneurship by matching technical talent with the right business, managerial and legal skills. In pursuing our mission, we put in place values, expertise and networks of relationships that distinguish our identity.
Strategic partnerships with Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Politecnico di Milano and Università Statale di Milano
Support to startups by Innovation and Corporate Entrepreneurship Center and Bocconi corporate partners during and after the programs
Involvement of Bocconi-level top of the class expertise and high-level operative expertise from the market
Building a startup is an incredibly challenging journey, and without proper planning, working structure, and tracking system, you are likely to get lost quite easily. B4i gave us the tools to make sure we did not fall into this trap.Daniele Calvo Pollino, Mapo Tapo