NEAR Partners With Wharton School’s Cypher Accelerator for Blockchain Growth

NEAR Protocol
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2 min readDec 3, 2021


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NEAR Foundation is pleased to announce an exciting new partnership with Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania’s Cypher Accelerator. Through this newly launched blockchain accelerator, decentralized app founders and developers will have access to world-class mentors, leading investors, premiere education and workshops, networking opportunities, as well as Penn’s vast talent pool, and more.

Cypher Accelerator’s mission aligns with NEAR’s own. It’s committed to blockchain growth by supporting decentralized app companies from launch to branding and beyond.

Cypher Accelerator Details

The first cohort of Wharton’s Cypher Accelerator runs from February to May 2022. The accelerator will be virtual and open to international applications. Some of the world’s leading investors are supporting Cypher, including Mark Cuban, Tim Draper, a16z, Pantera Capital, and others.

Teams accepted to Cypher will be guided by mentors who are either founders or senior executives from established blockchain companies like Blockdaemon, Celsius Network, dYdX, Fireblocks, TaxBit, and others. Additionally, teams will have access to weekly workshops conducted by various industry practitioners.

Each accepted team will be given a $5,000 non-dilutive grant to build out their idea, along with other perks such as free storage and node credits.

Deadline to apply for the first cohort is December 15, 2021.

For more information and how to apply, please head to the Cypher Accelerator page.

About Wharton

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is the business school of the University of Pennsylvania, a private Ivy League research university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The Cypher Accelerator is a remote, non-dilutive accelerator dedicated to startups building a decentralized future. The three month program helps founders develop products, nurture key relationships, build market strategies, and prepare for a demo day with leading investors.

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Twitter: @WhartonCypher

About NEAR

NEAR is a high-performance blockchain that is designed to be super-fast, incredibly secure, and infinitely scalable. NEAR’s vision is to create a network that enables people to re-imagine finance, creativity and community in new and inclusive ways.

NEAR is built by an award-winning team of engineers and entrepreneurs to be simple to use, inclusive and good for the environment. NEAR is backed by top VCs such as A16Z, Pantera Capital, Electric Capital, Dragonfly Capital, Coinbase Ventures,, and Baidu Ventures.

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