Crypto Couple is First Ever to Grow Two Startups Simultaneously at Techstars Accelerator
For the first time, a husband and wife are leading two separate companies in the same accelerator
NEW YORK, February 5, 2019 — Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, and blockchain advisory firm Alchemist, have announced the inaugural class of their 13-week Alchemist Blockchain Techstars Accelerator, which will be hosted in New York. With a successful track record of grooming blockchain entrepreneurs and helping them build and scale, Alchemist’s industry expertise will underpin Techstars’ first-ever blockchain-focused accelerator program to help support and grow 10 startups in the blockchain industry.
After searching the globe for founders passionate about building a more open internet and financial system, these ten participants were selected among hundreds of applicants based on which companies had the strongest founding team members, a deep understanding of the problem they are attempting to solve, and a large enough market to disrupt.
Among the startups are two well known projects from the Crypto-Twitter community, Blockade Games and Paperstreet. Perhaps even more unique is the fact that, for the first time ever, their CEOs comes from their same household.
Blockade Games is led by one of the Bitcoin community’s best-known artists: Marguerite deCourcelle. Known for fine art puzzles revealing the public and private keys to bitcoin stashes, Marguerite has previously been featured in publications such as Bloomberg, BBC News and Motherboard. As CEO of Blockade Games, Marguerite is leading the industry in building mainstream video games that leverage blockchain technology.
While Marguerite is tackling the gaming applications of blockchain, her husband, Matt deCourcelle, is using the technology to introduce an entirely new investment market to the wealth management space. With a team of investment veterans, Paperstreet identified a gap in the average investors portfolio: a lack of diversification in small cap and global assets. While the assets were historically illiquid and inaccessible to most investors, the invent of tokenization is creating opportunities for investors to improve their investment portfolios with vetted, high quality small business investments from around the world.
Learn more about Blockade Games at blockade.games, their highly anticipated game Neon District at neondistrict.io, and their hit collectible crafting game Plasma Bears at plasmabears.com. Follow Neon District on Twitter. Join the Neon District community on Telegram and Discord to engage with the team.
Learn more about Paperstreet and start your own investor account at paperstreet.vc. Follow Paperstreet on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Join the Paperstreet community on Telegram to be the first to hear about news and announcements.
Techstars and Alchemist Introduce the Inaugural Class of its First-Ever Blockchain-focused Accelerator Program
Blockchain startup experts at Alchemist will help mentor and grow 10 startups through Techstars’ 13-week program dedicated solely to blockchain technology
NEW YORK, February 5, 2019 — Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, and blockchain advisory firm Alchemist, have announced the inaugural class of their 13-week Alchemist Blockchain Techstars Accelerator, which will be hosted in New York. With a successful track record of grooming blockchain entrepreneurs and helping them build and scale, Alchemist’s industry expertise will underpin Techstars’ first-ever blockchain-focused accelerator program to help support and grow 10 startups in the blockchain industry, including Alkemi, AnyLedger, Autom(8), Blockade Games, Embleema, Gilded, Paperchain, Paperstreet, Trixta and Veracity Protocol. After searching the globe for founders passionate about building a more open internet and financial system, these ten participants were selected among hundreds of applicants based on which companies had the strongest founding team members, a deep understanding of the problem they are attempting to solve, and a large enough market to disrupt.
Yossi Hasson, Managing Director of the Alchemist Blockchain Techstars Accelerator, said “Successfully building a ‘traditional’ startup is hard enough, and blockchain startup founders face all the complexities of traditional startups and then some, as these new models are being pioneered. We’ve launched this blockchain-specific program in partnership with Alchemist to support blockchain entrepreneurs in their journey through this emerging industry, and engage a unique network of worldwide mentors with blockchain experience and expertise. Together, Techstars and Alchemist will work to advance this select group of extremely viable startups in the blockchain and cryptocurrency industries.”
Alchemist Blockchain Techstars Accelerator will address key challenges that blockchain founders face when trying to build and scale their blockchain business, as well as give them access to over a hundred of the top minds in blockchain with mentors including: Alchemist Founder and CEO, Steven Nerayoff; Chief Strategy Officer at Consensys, Sam Cassatt; Founder and CEO of professional services firm Wachsman, David Wachsman; Ethereum Core Developer, Lane Rettig; Monero Project Lead, Riccardo Spagni; Founder and CEO of Everledger, Leanne Kemp; and more. Over the course of the program, founders will gain access to unparalleled expertise in the nascent, yet rapidly growing, cryptocurrency and blockchain industries, focusing on blockchain infrastructure and protocol development, cryptocurrencies, security, and distributed applications across a variety of industries such as finance, IoT, education, real estate, retail, insurance, energy, health and wellness, and more.
Steven Nerayoff, Founder and CEO of Alchemist, said, “We’ve seen incredible advancements in blockchain and cryptocurrency over the last year, with development occurring across a wide range of industries. One of the pillars of our business is dedicated to connecting gifted blockchain entrepreneurs with the tools and resources they need to go-to-market with groundbreaking innovations. We are thrilled to be partnering with Techstars in order to build on our shared mission of helping promising blockchain startups build, fundraise, and drive adoption.”
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, including complex regulatory environments, rapidly changing technology landscapes and token design. Building on Techstars’ success to date running accelerator programs across the globe, Alchemist is uniquely positioned to help this class of startups navigate these challenges, having been an integral partner for dozens of blockchain innovators including Ethereum, tZero, Lisk, Aion, and ZCash.
Hasson added, “We’ve seen a radical shift in how companies can potentially be built using blockchain technology. New funding models, business models, and organizational design models are being tested and implemented in an attempt to build a more open Internet and financial system. It would be a remarkable thing to see one, or even several of our first program participants completely change the way we do business.”
Applications opened for the inaugural class of the Alchemist Blockchain Techstars Accelerator in July 2018. Comprehensive rounds of in-person interviews and pitching processes were carried out to whittle the hundreds of applicants down to the selected top 10.
For more information about the Alchemist Blockchain Techstars Accelerator, please visit https://www.techstars.com/programs/alchemist-blockchain-program/.
CEO of Alchemist, Steven Nerayoff, and Yossi Hasson, Managing Director of the Techstars Blockchain Accelerator Program, are available for interview
About Alchemist: Alchemist is a full-service blockchain advisory and consultancy firm that connects entrepreneurs with key partners to help integrate blockchain and digital assets into their businesses and scale. Led by world renowned blockchain luminary, Steven Nerayoff, Alchemist provides connections and resources needed by blockchain projects looking to build, scale, fundraise, and drive adoption. Alchemist has supported dozens preeminent blockchain and cryptocurrency projects, including Ethereum, tZERO, Lisk, Aion, and ZCash.
About Techstars: Techstars is the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. Techstars founders connect with other entrepreneurs, experts, mentors, alumni, investors, community leaders, and corporations to grow their companies. Techstars operates three divisions: Techstars Startup Programs, Techstars Mentorship-Driven Accelerator Programs, and Techstars Corporate Innovation Partnerships. Techstars accelerator portfolio includes more than 1,600 companies with a market cap of $18.2 Billion. www.techstars.com