The Ultimate Demo Day by BGI was last Friday, in which 6 deep tech startups from the BGI Accelerator presented their innovative solutions to an audience of investors, potential partners, and the public.
The BGI Accelerator is a program that has been running for the last 12 years. It started with the MIT Portuguese Entrepreneurship & Innovation Initiative, but quickly became much more than that and evolved into the accelerator we know today, with a portfolio of 149 startups, 7 exits and 1 unicorn. You can find out more about it in our 2020 Annual Report, available on our website.
The event on Friday was a celebration of everything that BGI startups have represented and achieved so far: the constitution of the team, the value proposition, the business model, the first customers or revenue... It's all about the entrepreneur's story and the startup. A 5-minute narrative that involves the audience for a successful ending, showing the challenges, the solutions, the heroes and the followers. Basically, what an entrepreneur goes through to create a solution that brings something to the table, that fits the market and fuels the next wave of technology.
What’s unique about The Ultimate Demo Day by BGI is the fact that the startups are trained in The Greatest Bootcamp, an intensive 1-week bootcamp, in which entrepreneurs have access to more than 60 international mentors and experts from our exclusive network who prepare them to make a good impression in front of investors, potential partners and customers.
Also, this year we had another debut: thanks to the online format, it was the 1st year in which all selected startups were foreign, coming from all over the world. But one thing they all have in common: "Energy, passion, and willingness to go where others wouldn't go". These were the words used by the CEO of BGI, Gonçalo Amorim, to describe the startup founders.
If you missed this year's Demo Day, you can still watch it and meet who is creating the future.
If you are interested in getting to know our entrepreneurs and their solutions better, then don't hesitate to talk to us. Just drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org asking to schedule a meeting with one or several startups. We'll be happy to give you an intro.
“At BGI we want to create relationships for the long run.” - Sofia Fernandes, Director of Business Development at BGI (Demo Day 2021)