Open Accelerator

Open Accelerator program

Open Accelerator

Open Accelerator is the first fast track program which is entirely Italian and dedicated to life sciences with a focus on CNS and respiratory diseases in 2018

What is Open Accelerator?

The goal of the Open Accelerator (OA) program is identifying and accelerating the most innovative projects as well as enhancing the Italian business environment by sharing international talents and best practices.

By means of support from a global network of entrepreneurs, scientists, investors, venture capitalists and professionals, Open Accelerator offers qualified support as well as the tools necessary to transform plans into promising business opportunities.

The best projects to pass a thorough assessment procedure have the opportunity to take part in an intensive acceleration program lasting 12 weeks. At the end of the acceleration program, the best projects have the opportunity to receive an initial investment of up to 100,000 euros as well as free office space on the OpenZone scientific campus.

Open Accelerator is looking for new projects in the following technology sectors:


Drug delivery systems


Open Source prototipes: medical devices, biomakers, diagnostics

Digital health

Wearables and digital health

Big data

Big Data

The Open Accelerator program is based on the following key points:

Developing MVPs

With the technical support and practical assistance of Open Accelerator's network of experts, entrepreneurs can work on their projects while seeking to improve, adapt and, if required, modify, their MVPs (Minimum Viable Products).

Learning from experts

Workshops, intensive seminars, and conferences held by a broad range of national and international experts provide a unique opportunity to learn from the best people in the sector. Participants attend lectures focused on some key topics (such as IP, certification and patenting, go-to-market and scalability strategy, investment readiness leveland many more).

Understanding the Business

Business Model Canvas (BMC), Value Proposition Canvasand other models, combined with in-depth research on the field, practical group tasks and interactive exercises, help participants structure a sound and reliable Business plan.


Mentors play a vital role. Entrepreneurs acquire knowledge, experience and skills thanks to the substantial support of mentors – successful professionals helping young entrepreneurs identify critical issues and the pitfalls along the development path of start-ups, and leading them in improving their skills and reaching significant goals.

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