Join forces to build ventures that protect our planet.

Calling all innovators, entrepreneurs and good human beings! BCG Digital Ventures is offering support and expertise to make an impact at scale. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to take your initiative to the next level. And no, we don’t take equity. It’s free.

Applications closed on November 8th, 2019. Next round will start in 6 months. Stay tuned!
SUBMIT INITIATIVE

Impact at scale

BCG Digital Ventures is a subsidiary of the Boston Consulting Group which comprises of a team of entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, venture architects, product experts and investors. We invent, build and invest in startups with the world's most influential companies. In 2019-2020 we are piloting a new Program for Social Ventures. We are looking for motivated teams that want to build and grow their social initiative with our help over a three-month period at our Berlin office.

This year's theme: Our planet

Guided by the UN Sustainable Development Goals, we look forward to ideas in the field of Sustainable Cities and Communities (11), Responsible Consumption and Production (12) and Climate Action (13).

Why collaborate with us

Dedicated expert teams

Team up with our digital experts from design to engineering and growth to drive your initiative to the next level.

Flexible office space

Make use of our workspace and tools to work co-located with the DV team in Berlin for up to 3 months.

Proven methodologies

Profit from our tested track record of how to uncover concepts, incubate them into products and scale them into businesses. 

Unique network opportunities

Get connected with industry experts, corporate partners and investors from BCG and BCG Digital Ventures globally.

Partners we’ve created impact with

How we build ventures

Validation

Validate product-market fit and run due diligence of your idea with a clear vision and problem statement.

Incubation

Build an MVP version of your idea in an agile, human-centered way while addressing technical, market and operational risks.

Acceleration

Scale an existing product or service with hands-on support informed by best-practice tech, design and strategy.

4 steps to make it happen

1. Submit initiative

Have an amazing initiative that can make a positive impact on our planet? Tell us in more detail about it in our submission form. It won’t take long.

2. Get expert input

Relevant initiatives will be invited to a workshop hosted by BCG Digital Ventures Berlin, which should allow you to focus, refine and iterate on your ideas.

3. Pitch your initiative

The best initiatives will be selected for an exclusive pitch event voted on by the BCG Digital Ventures community in Berlin.

4. Bring it to life

The winning initiative will get full execution support by BCG Digital Venture's experts, infrastructure and network in Q1 2020.

Applications closed on November 8th, 2019. Next round will start in 6 months.
SUBMIT INITIATIVE

FAQs

What's in it for BCG Digital Ventures?

DV Social Impact is an employee-led initiative. We’re looking to make as much of a positive contribution to social and environmental causes as we can by leveraging our methodology, network and talent.

How are the UN goals and BCG Digital Ventures connected?

In 2015, world leaders agreed to 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals for a better world by 2030. Everyone can contribute to making sure those goals are met. Following this framework, we decided to invest this year's resources to tackle the undeniable threat to our planet embodied in goal 11, 12 and 13. Learn more here.

Who would have ownership over my initiative if it’s chosen?

The ownership of the initiative is with the applicant. BCG Digital Ventures has no intentions to take ownership of any ideas. Be aware though that there might be other applicants or other stakeholders, including DV, with similar ideas. Also, DV is a venture builder and we may have or will build ventures which operate in the same field of your submitted ideas. If you think your idea needs specific protection, please do not submit it here but rather get in touch with us. We’ll be happy to clarify.

Can I submit more than one initiative?

Certainly. Feel free to submit multiple initiatives. But make sure that your application forms are complete and comprehensive.

How advanced does my initiative have to be?

We are accepting applications from initiatives in different stages of maturity and will adjust our support package accordingly. If you only have a brilliant idea but haven’t done any research or work on it so far - it will not be sufficient unfortunately. We are looking for initiatives that already took the first step (at least) and have looked deeply into the domain in which they playing. Ideally, you have a clear understanding of your vision, value proposition and USPs. Also more mature initiatives, that have already gained first traction, are more than welcome to apply!

Can I submit my application in another language than English?

Since we are an international company, the application process will be held in English. Nevertheless, we encourage you to submit your initiative, as we will support you in any way possible.

How do you evaluate the application?

Idea fit: Innovative and scalable digital solution in the field of environmental change. Clear opportunity to generate significant and measurable impact. Proof-of-concept within 6-12 weeks possible.
Team fit: A core team that will be fully dedicated to the venture during the work with DV (and ideally after). Relevant experience and expertise to support the idea.
BCG Digital Ventures fit: Set-up a social business or accelerate an existing one. Clear benefit from DV talent and methodology. Willingness to commit resources to work jointly with DV in Berlin in an agile way.

What are the deadlines and milestones of this program?

Please submit your idea until November 8th, 2019. Iteration workshops will take place in November, pitches and the final announcement of the winner in December. Subject to DV-internal approvals and agreement with the winner, we intend to start working on the winning idea by the end of Q1/2020 for up to 3 months.

Ugh, the submission deadline is tight. Is there any other way to participate?

If you can't meet this submission deadline, there'll be another round in spring 2020.