Information and important dates


Business opportunities


Deadline for proposal submissions: February 9, 2020
Announcement of submissions selected for the final round: March 2020
Competition final: Saint Petersburg, March 18.-20.3.2020 , postponed to the autumn 2020.
The Announcement of winners, who continue to the accelerator programme: Saint Petersburg,

End of March 2020


The finalists and competition winners will be selected by a panel of academics and experienced development professionals. Winners of the competition get the opportunity to:

Present/pitch their ideas and participate in the event Ecology of the Big City, Saint Petersburg, March 2020
• Benefit from unique networking opportunities with experts
• Turn their project into a real business
-> get the support to develop the business idea further in the accelerator programme offered by the project 

Registration and Submission

Eligibility: Students and young professionals from the project programme area are invited participate.

Team Registration: Teams must consist mainly of two to five members and may be formed across institutions, countries, nationalities, etc. All teams should register to receive updates leading up to the competition deadline.

Submission: Proposals must be submitted using the links below.  

I have idea/project: Apply here
I am looking for a team: Apply here


For questions regarding the competition you can contact

XAMK and ITMO University organizers

(see contact information from the Accelerator programme page).



Implementation period: The programme takes place in 2020
Places of trainings and events: Located mainly in Saint Petersburg, Russia and Mikkeli, Finland 

What it is about

The BBC Accelerator programme is arranged for ambitious individuals and teams who want to take the next step with their business idea. The program provides you and your team a unique possibility to take your business idea forward.

The program is completely free and arranged specifically for the BBC cross-border competition winners. The BBC Accelerator programme is focused on subjects such as team-building, product development and funding, customer validation and customer acquisition, sales, marketing and branding and other topics that are fundamental in the earliest stages of a start up.

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