Eligibility and selection

This program has been designed to attract staff from R&D centers and technological companies working in the FET space who have already generated Intellectual Property (IP) out of their research activities. The proposed ideas should be TRL5-8, and have at a minimum been developed and tested enough to start moving into a phase of commercial product development.


Conditions for eligibility

  1. The proposed product in the program must have, at a minimum, a functioning prototype in order to participate. This program is not a technology development platform and can only work with a functioning product. During the program it is likely that the look and feel of the product might change, however, the underlying technology must be proven to work before entering into the BTTG program.
  2. In order for a product to enter BTTG, at least one of the founding inventors must participate, or minimally, someone with intimate knowledge of the product with the capability to modify it as needed.
  3. The participants should be willing to participate throughout the whole duration of the program.
  4. The participants should commit to collaborate in good faith and be flexible to take on board constructive ideas throughout the duration of the project so as to be in line with the objectives of the program.

Selection process

  1. A call for applications will be circulated 6 weeks prior to the deadline along with the application form. 
  2. The Organizing Committee will review the applications and Accept, Reject or Waitlist candidates.
  3. The decision of this initial evaluation designation will be released within 1 month of the application deadline.
  4. Your team may be invited to IESE to present the project in person, before a final determination is made. 
  5. All approved and selected applicants will be provided an initial list of MBA candidates interested in participating in the program. 
  6. During the week of the program, there will be a meet and greet between the research teams and the MBA students in order for them to get to know one another and assign a preferred list of collaborators. Both the research teams and MBA students will provide a list to the Organizing Committee who will carry out the final team assignments.

Evaluation Criteria

  1. Product (30%)- Quality of the idea, development of the product. TRL (Tech Readiness Level) Assessment.
  2. Anticipated Target Market/Application (20%)- Product/Market fit and growth potential. Additional assessment of the expected social impact will be evaluated.
  3. Team (20%)- Motivation of the team, ability to work with and motivate others, collaborative spirit, willingness to take on new ideas, creativity
  4. Ownership (current distribution/restrictions) (10%)- In order to give teams the highest possible chance to succeed, product ownership must be transparent and decision making in the hands of the BTTG participants. Products whose decision making authority lies beyond the team (for instance at a University or Research Lab) will be negatively viewed.
  5. IP/Patent Status/Information (10%)- As BTTG cannot take the responsibility of protecting products privacy in the program, we must have a clear view on what, if any, aspect is protected, patent pending, etc.
  6. Portfolio additionality considerations (10%)- Depending on the volume, quality and type of projects proposed, there may be considerations of thematic grouping, or skill gaps where BTTG can more clearly add value. Part of our selection may be dependent on BTTG programming considerations where we believe we can add the most value.