Alchemist Blockchain Techstars Accelerator in New York City: Announcing Our First Class!

There is no shortage of hype when it comes to the blockchain industry and the promises of what decentralization can deliver to the world. We’ve seen huge inflows of funding going in and out of ICOs, the world’s first decentralized digital currency hitting all-time highs and lows, and the emerging idea of smart contracts radically changing our notion of the future. As with any disruptive technology, there are challenges—and opportunities.

There are a number of hurdles for blockchain technology to overcome before it becomes mainstream, including scaling, UI/UX, cost efficiencies, regulatory uncertainty, security, token economics, and the industry is still seeking its killer use cases that deliver a 10x improvement on what was there before.

At Techstars, we’ve spent the past nine months searching the globe for founders who are passionate about building a more open internet and financial system, and are working day and night to tackle these blockchain challenges head on.

Today, I’m excited to announce the inaugural class of the Alchemist Blockchain Techstars Accelerator. With applicants from over 45 countries, we selected 10 that stood out, from cities like Indianapolis, Prague, Cape Town, Toronto, New Orleans, and more. After countless hours in interviews, meetings, and discussions, these entrepreneurs proved to us why their startups are the ones that will shape the future.

Our one and only goal is to support and grow these 10 companies. Techstars is the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, and we’re able to do that thanks to strong global partners and mentors who help make this happen. I would like to thank our mentors, global network partners, and alumni for their generous support. And a special thanks to the team at Alchemist for their true commitment to the success of our partnership and these companies.

Without further ado, here are the Alchemist Blockchain Techstars Accelerator 2019 companies:

Alkemi offers a community-based liquidity solution in the form of a crypto savings account to address the significant crypto-market price inefficiencies amidst fragmented centralized exchange markets.

Founders: Ryan Breen & Aristotle Andrulakis | Toronto, Canada | https://alkemi.network/

AnyLedger allows companies to easily build IoT-Blockchain applications by offering them infrastructure as a service.

Founder: Lorenzo Pieri | Berlin, Germany | http://anyledger.io/

Autom(8) is the world’s first decentralized Function as a Service (FaaS) marketplace.

Founders: Gregg Altschul, Samuel Strauch & Will McLeod | New York, NY | http://autom8.network/

Blockade Games specializes in integrating blockchain and alternate reality components into puzzles and games to create experiences that transcend the digital world.

Founders: Marguerite deCourcelle, Benjamin Heidorn & Diego Rodriguez | Indianapolis, IN | http://blockade.games/

Embleema empowers patients with rare and chronic diseases to accelerate medicine by sharing their health data.

Founder: Robert Chu, Alexis Normand & Nicolas Schmidt | Metuchen, NJ | https://www.embleema.com/

Gilded provides essential accounting tools for crypto businesses—everything from bookkeeping to invoicing, payments, financial reports, tax compliance, and security.

Founders: Gil Hildebrand & Ken Gaulter | New Orleans, LA | https://gilded.finance/

Paperchain helps media companies unlock and accelerate media revenue by turning daily streaming & consumption data into tradable assets, and connecting them to a global investment marketplace.

Founders: Daniel Dewar, Rahul Rumalla, & Dave Tomaselli | Staten Island, NY | https://paperchain.io/

Paperstreet connects retail investors with alternative investment opportunities typically reserved for VCs and institutions.

Founders: Matt deCourcelle, Carter Lathrop, David Younts, & Alex Ratner | Indianapolis, IN | https://paperstreet.vc/

Trixta is building the most efficient way to develop great software for decentralized organizations.

Founders: Mark Levitt & Roger Norton | Phoenix, AZ | http://trixta.com/

Veracity Protocol is the ultimate bridge between physical things & the digital world. We allow anyone to guarantee the identity, authenticity and condition of physical items using our new AoT standard and infrastructure.

Founders: Roman Komarek, Jakub Krcmar, & Kamil Behun | Prague, Czech Republic | https://www.veracityprotocol.org/

 








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Techstars Partners with Alchemist to Launch Blockchain Accelerator in NYC

Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, and Alchemist, a global blockchain advisory group, are partnering to bring a new mentorship-driven accelerator program to New York City: Alchemist Blockchain Techstars Accelerator. Yossi Hasson of Techstars and Steven Nerayoff of Alchemist will lead the program along with other mentors and experts from both companies.

The dedicated blockchain accelerator program will focus on blockchain infrastructure and protocol development, cryptocurrencies, security, and distributed applications in finance, IoT, education, real estate, retail, insurance, energy, health and wellness, and more. The accelerator program will address challenges that blockchain founders face when trying to build and scale their blockchain business as well as give them access to expert mentors.

Alchemist Blockchain Techstars Accelerator will help founders gain access to expertise in the nascent – yet rapidly growing – cryptocurrency and blockchain industry, helping them do more faster. Selected companies will not only benefit from resources across Techstars and Alchemist’s ecosystems, but will also have the opportunity to work closely with leading market players in the blockchain industry.

Techstars has long been investing in blockchain technology, with more than a dozen successful companies already in its portfolio. The move to launch a dedicated blockchain accelerator in New York City acknowledges the specific challenges that blockchain founders face when trying to build and scale their blockchain business. These challenges include: complex regulatory environments, rapidly changing technology landscapes, token design, community building, and difficulties attracting talent. Alchemist Blockchain Techstars Accelerator aims to help founders address these challenges by creating a program that gives them access to Techstars’ and Alchemist’s worldwide mentors.

Applications for the Alchemist Blockchain Techstars Accelerator will open on July 23, 2018 and the program will start in February 2019. For entrepreneurs interested in applying to Techstars Blockchain Accelerator, join our Telegram Group and please check out the application toolkit.

In addition, the team will include Maja Vujinovic, a blockchain pioneer, investor and former CIO of Emerging Tech at GE Digital, and Gary Rubinoff, a seasoned venture capitalist nurturing emerging companies into category leaders for the past 25 years.