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Big Booster    is an international acceleration program for start-ups with innovative projects on new markets. After a highly successful season 1, with over 500 applicants, 10 finalists and 3 winners, registration for season 2 will soon be closing.

Big Booster: hone new skills

Fast, effective, grounded in the real world and human” is the feedback from alumni of the first season of Big Booster. Based on a fruitful exchange between two major innovation ecosystems, Lyon and Boston, the program consists of intensive coaching seminars (3-day “booster camps”) enabling start-ups to fast-track their development. From testing and improving their value proposition, strategy and pitch to dedicated mentoring sessions to discovering the Boston ecosystem, the start-ups are immersed in a highly stimulating environment.

Season 2: big ambitions

With three flagship areas of expertise  (Biotech & Health, Informative Tech and Global Impact), Big Booster aims to become “Europe’s biggest competition for early-stage start-ups”. According to Didier Hoch, Director of Big Booster, “the program must be recognized as a quality label, a symbol of high-tech start-ups that are 100% global.”        
As the 1st concrete illustration of the partnership agreement between Lyon and Boston, the competition is an opportunity to increase awareness of both cities’ fields of excellence, including digital technology, biotech and cleantech. To attract even more start-ups, namely those from around the world, this year’s application process has been extended to include robotics, smart cities, design and mobility.
You too can capitalize on this opportunity to develop your start-up in an innovative ecosystem with help from mentors who are seasoned experts in their industry: sign up for season 2 of Big Booster!

Upcoming key dates:

10 October 2016: selection of 100 start-ups

  • • 8 – 10 November 2016: Booster Camp in Lyon and selection of 20 start-ups for Boston
    • February 2017: Booster Camp in Boston and selection of 10 finalists
    • April 2017: Big Booster Final, with 3 winners named