A program designed to empower high potential retail startups and to match them with corporates
Our goal is to revolutionize the retail sector accelerating and investing into the best startups and matching them with a pool of visionary corporates.
An 8-week training program with mentors to develop and refine your business plan and the go to market strategy
A 6-week series of custom activities with an high level technical partner to provide/optimize a consistent and reliable technical architecture
A 2-3 week period for matching opportunities with our corporate partners will be scheduled regularly throughout the process to explore and strengthen potential collaborations
Up to €75k initial investment per startup
International and local perks partners
The acceleration program is hosted in Bologna, specifically in BIG Bo by Fondazione Carisbo, startup ecosystem hub and coworking space. Bologna is one of the most important cities in Italy for starting and developing a startup thanks to its dynamic startup ecosystem which includes a number of important incubators, accelerators, universities and foundations
Corporate events & Final Demo Day
Corporate events will be held throughout the program and the final one-day networking and fundraising event will include corporations, investors and other key stakeholders, serving as an important milestone to establish strategic partnerships and relationships in the local network
TRL ≥ 6
levels ≥ 6
Proven experience and a mix of backgrounds appropriate to the context, with the ability to develop, manage and sell the project
Not just an idea
MVP or solutions ready for a soft launch in 6-10 months
Solution & market
Appropriate solutions based on the technologies and in the areas listed in the call. Not simply a consultancy or niche projects
Capability to increase or decrease in performance and cost in response to changes in application and system processing demands
(PLUS) SDGs compliant
Solutions that meet the 17 “Global Goals” designed by United Nation to achieve a better and more sustainable future
APPLICATION ARE CLOSED
from June to August 31
(25 startups) 3 days at the end of September
From 25 to 10 startup
(10 startups for 8 weeks) from the half of October to the half of December
From 10 to 5 startup
(5 startups for 6 weeks) from January 10 to February 18
(5 startups for 2-3 weeks) In February
Final Demo Day
The scouting tour is a journey across Italy to meet teams and startups where they live and operate.
Meeting innovators in person gives us the opportunity to better understand their potential and the value of their projects.
During the tour we will engage our partners – of all the Italian startup ecosystem.
If you want to meet us live and introduce your startup to us we will be happy to meet you, talk to you and provide you immediate feedback on your project.
Don’t miss this opportunity and book your slot immediately in one of the stages below: it is a more valuable alternative than a simple online application.
Click a city to book your slot to pitch your startup to our team
Stay tuned… new cities are coming.
… and with the support of
Due to the collaboration with BIG Bo by Fondazione Carisbo, the acceleration programme will take place in Bologna in the spaces of BIG Bo, the innovation platform created by Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Bologna together with Associazione Techgarage.
An ecosystem where participating start-ups will be able to take up opportunities to meet partner companies, investors and, more generally, the BIG Bo network. A working and meeting place for innovative start-ups, young talents and companies capable of providing all the necessary support for the growth of innovative business projects.
Chief Executive Officer
Executive Partner & Board Member
Marketing & Communication
Chief Marketing Officer
Specialist Innovation Financing
Corporate Innovation Manager
Business Strategy Designer