How does it work?
Entrepreneurs and young professionals from Bavaria, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates form international teams and engage in a 2-month program composed of a virtual kick-off workshop, an acceleration phase, and a final online event.
Teams are guided throughout the program by highly skilled mentors to create solutions for the proposed challenges.
Part I. Virtual Kick-Off Workshop (October 11t to 14th 2021)
An intensive kick-off devoted to guiding the newly formed teams in the process to open innovation while addressing specific challenges of the participating companies.
Part II. Acceleration Phase (8 weeks)
Development of a tailored solution for the proposed company challenge supported by virtual mentoring and online collaboration tools.
Part III. Final Presentation (December 13th, 2021)
The teams present their developed solutions both to the company partners as well as to a bigger audience.
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, during the pre-phase and the virtual kick-off workshop you will be placed in an international team of four or five people, composed of Israelis, Emirates and Germans. Each team will be working on a challenge of one of our company partners. A mentor from the company will be your go-to person for questions and guidance, and one German and one Israeli 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 (December 2021).
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 you need to be available for the pre-phase, the virtual kick-off workshop, the mandatory meetings during the acceleration phase, and for the final event in December.
How much time do I need to invest?
The answer is divided into three parts according two the four phases of the program:
Part I is an online phase between October 1st and October 10th, where we will get you excited about the program and take care of some organisational points. Most tasks you can do on your own time, only a couple online meetings will me mandatory at a certain date and time. Part II is a mandatory fun and intensive online workshop which will take place on October 11th & 12th 2021.
After that comes Part III which is a 8-week acceleration phase. During that time we estimate that you will spend around 6 to 10 hours per week working on your team challenge.
Part IV will happen on December 14th & 15th 2021 and includes the final presentations to the company partners as well as our celebration of a successful BIPA 2021.
Who will be the corporate partners in BIPA 2021
The companies participating in BIPA 2021 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 workshosp and time committment during the acceleration 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 BIPA 2021?
Applications for BIPA 2021 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.