BIP Accelerator was a great experience. It was amazing to work on a cross-cultural project that combined entrepreneurship and innovation in big corporations. I had the chance to work with peers who have a completely different way of thinking, and eventually to present great ideas and solutions.
Innovation is mindset and tools. BIPA gives you tools used in a real business situation. The mindset is sharpened by the international bunch of colleagues.
BIPA #1 gave me the opportunity to explore different entrepreneurial culture. This empowering journey helped building a network of new connections, friends, and innovative projects. Currently I’m working on my own venture and exploring the entrepreneurial lifestyle myself.
When I heard about BIPA for the first time, it was immediately clear to me that I wanted to be part of it. Already a few days into the kick-off Workshop, the “cultural boundaries” blurred, and we became a powerful team, which moved in the same direction with the aim to meet the innovation challenge in the best possible way. I especially liked the international cooperation, where everyone was able to contribute ideas in their own way. The out-of-the-box-thinking was not just an abstract concept at BIPA, we lived it. Instead of “what if?”, our motto was “Why not. Let’s try.”
Especially rewarding for us as a team was that Eagle Burgmann liked the concept we developed and will implement it as a pilot.
I had never participated in an accelerator, hackathon, or an entrepreneur program before. BIPA gave me the chance to participate in a program that exceeded all my expectations. The workshops and professional people I’ve met in Munich were great. Not only did I gain tools and skill, but I also made new friends from Israel and Germany!
Until BIPA I didn’t know how to make my entrepreneurial aspirations come true. Today I have lots of tips and tools, knowledge of technological platforms, leads, and much more information that helps me kickstart my own venture.
BIPA is much more than crafting innovative solutions: it’s a journey with like-minded people who want to improve their personal entrepreneurial skills and solve business challenges, while experiencing cross-cultural team work and finding new friends and perhaps future partners.
What will we do in BIPA?
In general, in the kick off workshop you will form an international team of four or five people, composed of Israelis and Germans. Each team will be working on a challenge on of our company partners. A mentor from the company will be your go-to person for questions and guidance, and a BIPA coach will be assigned for each team to help you along the way.
You will be required to develop an innovative solution to the company’s challenge, research, offer solutions, achieve progress, and present deliverables on every milestone until the final presentation to the company (in August 2018).
Why should I apply for the accelerator?
BIPA offers you a unique opportunity to experience first hand what it’s like working in open innovation processes by offering innovative solutions to leading companies and businesses. Check out some testimonials here.
Moreover, you will get a rare chance to experience how it’s like to work with people from a different culture, receive mentoring from professional, experienced mentors, and enlarge your network (professional and personal).
Can I participate in the program even though I am currently a student/working?
Sure you can!
The program is meant for participants who are university students or up to five years after their last degree and already working. Just take into consideration that first part one of the program includes a full-time five-days’ workshop that will take place in Munich from June 4th to June 8th, a virtual phase afterwards where you will work on the project up to ten hours a week and a final workshop in Beer Sheva in Israel at the beginning of August.
How much time do I need to invest?
The answer is divided into three parts according two the three phases of the program:
Part I is a mandatory fun and intensive workshop which will take place in Munich from June 4th to June 8th in Munich, organized by the Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship.
After that comes Part II which is a 8-week virtual phase. During that time we estimate that you will spend around 6 to 10 hours per week working on your team challenge.
Part III will happen at the beginning of August and is a two day workshop in Be’er Sheva, Israel.
How much does it cost and what is included?
There is a fee of 300€ to pay for the program, to show us you’re serious.
What will you receive?
- Obtain real experience in entrepreneurship while developing solutions with real business feasibility
- A unique opportunity to acquire business experience working with innovative medium sized and large companies
- Creating personal and business relationships
- Challenging and interesting work with international teams
- Possibility of receiving personal recommendations by appreciated mentors and company professionals
- Five day workshop including accommodation and lunch in Munich, mentors, two day workshop in Be’er Sheva, also including accommodation and lunch. Flights are also covered.
Who will be the corporate partners on edition #5?
The companies participating on Edition #5 will be published here soon.
To view the partners of past editions, click here
What are the requirements for participants?
– For German candidates only: must be a German citizen, or hold an unrestricted resident permit in Germany, with primary residency in the state of Bavaria
– For Israeli candidates only: must be an Israeli citizen.
– A university student or recent graduate, up to five years after the last degree.
– Availability for the workshop and time committment during the virtual phase
– Entrepreneurial mindset
– Commitment to the program
– Team players
– Fluency in English
– Great communication skills
– Project management skills
– Team leaders
– Professional experience
– Experience with multicultural work
– Working in big companies/corporate environment
– Command of Hebrew / German
How do I apply?
Just click here!
What are the timelines for applying for Edition #5?
Applications for Edition #4 are already open and coming in. The process and timeline differs slightly for applicants from Israel and Germany. Click the link here to view each country’s timeline.
What if I don’t have a Linkedin profile?
In the business and entrepreneurial ecosystem having an updated Linkedin profile is almost a must, so just create one! Meanwhile please send us your CV with the application.
I have more questions. How can I contact you?
Sure! Click here to get our contact details.