More than 50 Mentors Join IDEO Blockchain Accelerator

Asia Blockchain Review
July 25, 2019

Blockchain accelerator Startup Studio has admitted over 50 mentors, including officers from firms such as Ethereum Foundation, Blockchain Capital and Messari, according to a July 18 blog post published by IDEO CoLab Ventures.

As reported by Cointelegraph, IDEO, which stands behind Startup Studio, revealed that more than 20 leading organizations joined the Fidelity-backed accelerator program, bringing over 50 mentors to the project this year.

Providing Workshops to Blockchain Startups

Among the onboarded industry players are Denelle Dixon, CEO of Stellar Development Foundation, Joey Krug, co-chief investment officer at Pantera Capital, Robbie Bent from ecosystem support at Ethereum Foundation, and Ryan Selkis, co-founder and CEO of Messari.

Major global companies Fidelity, Deloitte and Amazon started supporting Startup Studio on July 11, with the aim of providing workshops to blockchain startups in order to help them enhance a wide range of skills. These fields include product design, law and engineering, smart contract development, finance and hiring.

IDEO CoLab Ventures is the venture capital arm of global design consultancy firm IDEO. Blockchain entrepreneurs and startups can apply to participate in acceleration programs through the accelerator’s website, according to Ian Lee, managing director of IDEO CoLab Ventures.

Blockchain Accelerators Gaining Ground in 2019

Blockchain accelerators have been making waves and gaining traction internationally in recent months. 

In March, Singapore government-backed accelerator Tribe formed strategic partnerships with BMW and Intel, both of which will provide expertise to selected startups. BMW’s focus will be on the mobility industry, while Intel will share knowledge acquired through its activities in the blockchain and cryptocurrency mining sectors.

Existing partners of the project include PwC and Icon Foundation, a South Korean blockchain network.


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