Open Accelerator Program will last for four weeks, starting on the 26th of October and ending
on November 20th. The OA 2020 program consists of on-site and off-site sessions in order to
allow for more flexibility and participation, and to make sure that each participant can gain
maximum value from the program by receiving tailor-made personalized sessions and activities.
The residential sessions will take place at the OpenZone scientific campus in Bresso, Milan,
and will require minimum 2 days per week (from Thursday till Saturday noon) physical presence
of the team representative(s) (maximum 2 per team). The off-site component of the program will
consist of online lectures, workshops, webinars, as well as independent work of additional
minimum of 2 days per week.
During the sessions of the Open Accelerator Program, the participants will receive an intensive
training, support from international experts, dedicated mentorship, legal services, business
consulting from Deloitte and technical support from Zambon. The value of the entire program
for each Applicant has been estimated to be around Euro 25k.
During the sessions of the Open Accelerator Program, Zcube will extensively evaluate the
commitment and participation of the Applicants, as well as the acceleration of their project,
based on the following key pillars:
Developing the technology. The Applicants will work on their Projects with the aim of
improving, adapting and, in case, pivoting their product with the technical support and
practical assistance from the Open Accelerator experts’ network.
Learning from Experts. The workshops, intensive onsite and offsite seminars and lectures
provided by a wide variety of national and international experts, give a unique opportunity
to learn from the best. Participants will receive tailored key sessions on essential
topics (such as IP, certification and patenting, go-to-market strategy and scale up,
investment readiness level and pitching and others).
Understanding Business. The Business Model-, Business Plan- and other methodological
lectures combined with the extensive research in the field, practical group assignments,
take-home assignments and interactive exercises will help participants to design a solid
and credible go-to-market strategy for their business Project to flourish as a business.
Mentorship. The role of the mentors is essential. Entrepreneurs will gain knowledge,
experience and expertise through being extensively supported of by mentors - the successful
experts who will help young entrepreneurs to identify the pain points and pitfalls of the
start-up development path and who will guide them in improving their skills and achieving