The Columbia | IBM Blockchain Accelerator is a non-dilutive set of programs for building and scaling successful enterprise blockchain companies globally. Our goal is to help the best emerging blockchain companies succeed at scale, and to enable the first generation of blockchain business networks.
As a compliment to the new Columbia-IBM Center for Blockchain and Data Transparency, IBM and Columbia University are partnering to offer top blockchain companies from around the world a customized program with education from industry and academic research experts, hands-on value-added workshops, active mentoring and curated customer meetings. We do not take equity nor charge a fee for participating, and include technology and services valued at approximately $400K per company.
Our first accelerator program – NETWORK – starts in January 2019 and is for later stage growth companies focused on building out an enterprise business network and client base for their blockchain product. This will take place over 8 weeks with a mixture of in-person modules in New York and San Francisco, in combination with virtual programming to ensure that founders can still pay much-needed attention to running their business. Applications are now open, please see here for more details.
Our second accelerator program – LAUNCH – starts in March 2019 and will be for pre-seed, idea- stage companies affiliated with an accredited university located in New York City. The program and operations will be provided by Columbia’s Lab-to-Market Accelerator Network, which currently supports five startup accelerator programs focused on varying tech sectors. This will take place on-site in NYC for 8 weeks with grant awards up to $15K available for each team. Applications will open in early 2019, and you can sign up for our newsletter here to stay updated.
Blockchain is a team sport and requires business to work together in different ways. Collaboration is key, and business networks must work together things like governance, tokeneconomics and generating network volume. IBM has been blazing a trail in building business networks with FoodTrust, Tradelens, and many more.
We also encourage the broader business community to get involved. If you would like to participate as a mentor, advisor or attend any of our events, please register your interest here.