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BGI is an American style, world-class, deep innovation accelerator born, in 2010, from the MIT Portugal Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative (IEI). The initiative was a collaboration between the University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL), MIT Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation, MIT Entrepreneurship Center, and MIT’s School of Engineering. 

With eight editions of BGI acceleration program, 126 start-up were accelerated, raising over 155Mio €, with survival rate of 75%. We have been the accelerator that has raised more money in Portugal, and we considered top 20 in Europe (by Fundacity) and top 100 in the World (by HotTopics).

BGI accelerator program provides 3 bootcamps (2 in Lisbon and 1 in Boston) and an intensive 12 weekly mentoring program, so the start-ups can develop and validate their business model with industry experts. Once they are ready we present them to investors in Boston, in the program called Boston Global Immersion. 

However after being selected by EIT Climate KIC and EIT Digital to represent Portugal in these initiatives (e.g. Acceleration and ideation programs), our network in Europe is also growing and we are at the moment negotiating network expansion to Asia. 

Our acceleration program is focused on early stage deep technology start-ups that want to start commercialization or scale up in the following areas: 

Our acceleration program is focused on early stage deep technology start-ups that want to start commercialization or scale up in the following areas: 

  • Medical Devices & Health Care 
  • Smart Cities & Industrial 4.0 
  • BlockChain 
  • Water Economy 

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