I’m extremely excited to announce that the application window for the 2022 Filecoin Techstars Accelerator (FTA) is now open and runs through 1 December 2021. The FTA brings together the best of Techstars’ mentor-driven venture accelerators and Filecoin/IPFS-specific mentorship and networking with our partner, Protocol Labs, and their vast Web3 ecosystem. If you’re a startup founder who is interested in building your company using Filecoin’s decentralized storage architecture, participation in the Filecoin Techstars Accelerator is a great way to dramatically increase your chances of finding entrepreneurial success.
For the past 15 years, Techstars has been helping tech startup founders build the foundations of long-term success and grow their companies faster via mentorship and network access to investors, prospective customers, partners, new hires, and subject matter experts. Our approach to accelerators has proven quite successful - our alumni have collectively raised $16 billion dollars in funding and include 18 unicorns.
Now we’ve partnered with Protocol Labs, a major contributor in the decentralized data storage and transport ecosystem, to create an accelerator program specifically designed to serve entrepreneurs who are building decentralized applications, tools, marketplaces, and services in the Web3, blockchain, cryptocurrency, and DeFi spaces. This program also works with existing Web2 founders who are adding a decentralized/blockchain component to their existing products.
What does this mean for founders? In addition to Techstars’ world class mentorship and networks that help you accelerate your product development, growth, team building and fundraising, you’ll receive mentorship, content, and network creation specific to the decentralized universe. This includes workshops and access to experts on topics like tokenization, legal and jurisdictional matters, blockchain ecosystems, and of course product and technical development around Filecoin and IPFS.
The program runs from 21 March 2022 to 16 June 2022, and will be offered on a hybrid / in-person optional basis out of our Seattle facility. We recruit globally and happily accept applications from a wide range of startups playing in the decentralized, Web3, blockchain, and crypto world. Applications are due on 1 December 2021.
Come Meet Us
If you’re interested in learning more, please feel free to schedule office hours here. Also, in the coming weeks, keep your eyes out for our upcoming presentations and AMAs on the Filecoin Techstars Accelerator. You can catch Jonathan Victor of Protocol Labs and me on a virtual panel on September 24th at the Black Blockchain Summit.
The FTA team and I look forward to seeing your application!
Isaac Kato, Managing Director