"To remember where you come from is part of where you're going" -- Anthony Burgees


A Brief Introduction

BGI is an American style, world-class, deep innovation accelerator born 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. 

Because of our track record, we have acquired valuable partnerships with credible organisations globally, to  develop acceleration and non-acceleration projects  that are sustainable, innovative, disruptive and have the potential to address the challenges of this current century.

We have come a long a way since inception, with a lot of experience under our belt, and have consequently emerged as a major player in the startup and entrepreneurial scene in Europe.  See our historical timeline below. 


The BGI Brand

The BGI brand has been built around disruptive innovation, sustainability, creating opportunities, smart financing and helping startups achieve success.


Our Logo is very symbolic of our vision, Mission and Culture.  The colour blue represents the opportunities we help create, while the colour grey represents the inclusivity of innovation in our program and processes. The logo further depicts two adjacent non-linear lines, moving in an upward fashion. This is because BGI majorly focuses on two startup categories (i.e. Gazelles and Rockets). We understand that each category has unique characteristics in regards to growth and financing, hence the  differences in the paths of each line.


Each line resembles an upward staircase, representative of our commitment to see you through all the gains and pains of growth. We will be with you step by step till you achieve your goal-success.  The upward movement is symbolic of our ability to take you from point A to Point B. We make you better. We take you further. 


Historical Timeline



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