Research Motivation

Throughout the program of #OUTLIERS Accelerator, there is one question that we have been asking our startup founders every month “What are your top 3 bottlenecks?” Investor, Talent, and User Adoption.

After supporting our startups to raise capital (collectively over $50M), we realized that ‘funding’ wasn’t really the friction. It is the difficulty to find ‘appropriate investors’ who really understand their products, see long-term values, and those who can provide strategic supports along with their roadmaps.

To respond on this challenge, our operations director Dian Jiao, initiated a research collaboration called “Nano-Search Financial Tool” between #OUTLIERS and the Economics Department…


“After 0 to 1, how can we scale fast from 1 to 100?”

#OUTLIERS Growth Award aims to recognize the startups that can prove their growth potential and scale exponentially with solid numbers to show!

In this category, Harmony, Contents Protocol, and Flow will pitch their products, share their growth, and join a panel with one of our active mentors.

Harmony: A Fast, Secure, and Scalable Blockchain Layer 1 Protocol

Harmony started from a meetup group called TGI, where they gathered entrepreneurs from the Bay Area to talk about startup ideas weekly. “Scalability of blockchain” turned out to be a…


“To be the innovators, the majority, or the laggards?”

#OUTLIERS Adoption Award aims to recognize the startups who are courageous enough to be the first-movers to lead and drive mainstream adoption.

In this category, @Quantstamp, XYONetwork, Poseidon Network will pitch their products, share their adoption strategies, and join a panel with one of our active mentors, who represents the keyword of #ADOPTION.

Quantstamp: Leading Cybersecurity Expert on Smart Contract Auditing

Quantstamp was born after many of its members were personally affected by the DAO hack. They believe in order to see the mainstream adoption on blockchain, there should be a…


“Are people actually better off as a result of our efforts?”

#OUTLIERS Impact Award aims to recognize the startups who can answer this question, and those who dedicate to changing the norm and making a difference to the community, society, and the world we live in. In this category, Kambria, Unum ID, IdeaFlow will pitch their products, share their impact, and join a panel with one of our active mentors.

Kambria: Open/Decentralized Innovation Platform for AI & Robotics

Four years ago, the founders of Kambria started a robotics company and immediately realized why it is so difficult for hardware startups…


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There are many definitions of ‘outliers’, but ours are: those who are misfits of the current system, those who are on the road less travelled, and those who are at the extreme outer edge of what is statistically plausible…

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