The Berkeley Blockchain Xcelerator Announces Selection of the Spring 2020 Cohort
Berkeley continues to build momentum as a blockchain nexus with its third blockchain Xcelerator batch. Over 140 startups applied for a coveted spot in the Spring 2020 cohort, but only 18 were selected, representing a diversity of industries including gaming, fintech, IoT, sports, energy, and healthcare. During their time in the Xcelerator, the teams will engage with Berkeley’s network of mentors, researchers, faculty, venture capital firms, and student talent that is unparalleled in the blockchain space.
The teams are:
Acala First-of-its-kind decentralized finance consortium, with a vision to create a cross-chain open finance infrastructure for the Polkadot ecosystem, bringing interoperability, stability and liquidity to the crypto world
ARterra The ultimate fan engagement platform built on the NEAR Protocol and providing sports franchises, eSports, teams and streamers new opportunities for engagement and revenue
Blockstar Building a marketplace for exclusive brands to offer branded virtual goods that connects to video games, VR experiences, social networks and messaging apps, where the virtual goods can be purchased, rented and used
Blok-z A white-label solution to verify the production, trading, tracking and consumption of electricity all on one platform with end-to-end certification of electricity origin – accessible to all in the marketplace
Calypso A reverse auction site that enables borrowers to create personalized loan proposals, enabling lender competition
Cowri Solving the future infrastructure interoperability problem, Cowri is a network of networks, allowing for the rapid, efficient exchange of stablecoins
Finoa Your key to digital asset banking with custody and asset-servicing for institutions, corporations, and HNWI, based in Germany with EU licensing
GVOS.io an edge cloud using distributed storage and proprietary technologies to help create, simulate, store, distribute, and monetize HD maps for autonomous driving
Linkdrop Web3 marketing in one powerful platform used by crypto projects and wallets to attract users by sending digital rewards to anyone via a link, SMS, email, etc., and enabling the claiming of digital assets without a wallet
Liquid Mortgage A digital asset platform with the ability to create a unique, loan level digital assets and enabling the transfer of borrower funds to investors in a matter of seconds with revolutionary transparency and efficiency
Nodle.io With a distributed, decentralized connectivity and payment network for IoT, Nodle is building the world’s largest wireless network to connect and secure the Internet of Things atop the global smartphone infrastructure, with over 5M DAU smartphones today
Nugbase An Ethereum-based farming MMO game that treats cannabis with respect, and already with a community 1K+
OPGames A suite of tools that helps game developers add e-sports-like tournaments to their single-player games and allows players to earn crypto payouts
Sixtant Based in Mexico City, a proprietary high frequency trading system for market making and liquidity services in crypto with strong banking relationships
Snark Health Partner with your doctor; create health; earn money – deploying soon in Kenya in partnership with M-Pesa
Snowball Money First smart crypto investment automation platform that is revolutionizing the way people invest in digital assets
Stake Technologies Highly scalable infrastructure for Web3.0 via their new Plasm Network – a Polkadot Parachain and Dapps platform, enabling smart contract functionality
,StormX allows users to easily earn cryptocurrency rewards by shopping, trying new products, and completing micro tasks. With blockchain technology, StormX has been able to efficiently process millions of dollars of micro payments to 2.5 million users globally.
The Xcelerator is a joint venture by the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology, Berkeley Haas School of Business, and the Blockchain at Berkeley student group, with the purpose of propelling blockchain entrepreneurs and scholars into the ecosystem.