Call for Tech-Based Entrepreneurials - 7th Edition of the Technology Transfer Accelerator, Building Global Innovators


Building Global Innovators (BGI) ( is a transnational technology transfer accelerator (TTA) led by the University Institute of Lisbon (IUL) ( and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) ( entities, MIT Portugal, Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation ( and the Martin Trust Center for Entrepreneurship ( Applications for deadlines:
1st Call: 30th April, 2016 (first come, first served)
2nd and last Call: 5th June, 2016 (remaining vacancies).

BGI is directed at aspiring entrepreneurs and tech-based startups and/or spin-outs (max. 5 years old), working on a technology based solution to a global problem, in any of the 4 verticals: i) Medical Devices & Health IT, ii) Smart Cities & Industry 4.0 solutions, iii) Enterprise IT & Smart Data and i) Water Economy.
Over the last 6 years, BGI has grown to become one of the 100 leaders ( in accelerating the companies of tomorrow, by HotTopics 2015. Check BGI’s portfolio ventures online (

What’s in it for Participants?
• BGI will accept up to 16 ventures per edition (average over last 6 years: 19 / batch)
• In-kind support valued at €1 million: a structured 9-month program with over 1,150 hours of expert mentorship & business development per team
• Acceleration bootcamps at IUL/Lisbon (all teams) and MIT/Boston (selected teams)
• Continued alumni support for up to 5 years upon graduation
• 100.000€ venture capital investment for the most promising venture will be awarded by our financial sponsor, Caixa Capital
• International exposure to the la crème de la crème members of the global entrepreneurial and innovation community

Up to date, 52% of accelerated companies got financed within 18 months. BGI Alumni ventures have raised over 73 Mio Euro in financing (69% from venture capital), created 450 high tech jobs and over 14 Mio Euro in accumulated revenues.
Interested? Apply here ( Have questions? E-mail us ( Help spread the word by pasting this link ( in your social networks.

Author: Mitja Mikuž, 7.4.2016


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