What is the Blockchain Founder Accelerator?

The IBM Blockchain Founder Accelerator is a program designed to take new blockchain network founders through from proof of concept or pilot to a production blockchain network by end of 2017.

The goal of the program is to provide guidance, support and technical expertise to bring new blockchain networks into production and supporting an ecosystem of users and partners. The program targets not just technology but the legal and business considerations of establishing new blockchain networks.

Acceptance to the program is limited—and is on a first come, first serve basis. Please submit your interest by June 2, 2017 to be considered for our first cohort.

Which candidates are we looking for?

We are looking for candidates with an interest in constructing a production blockchain network on Hyperledger Fabric. The accelerator will move at a quick pace. We will be looking for strong teams that have the desire to deploy a blockchain production network by Q4.

Characteristics of Founders

We are looking for blockchain network founders to join this program. A founder is the individual or organization which takes the first steps towards implementing a blockchain solution for a business network, or consortium. They may possess some of these characteristics:

  • The founder has the vision behind their blockchain network and understands the business value that a blockchain solution will bring to its network.
  • The founder creates and builds the relationships necessary to form a network.
  • The founder leads their blockchain network through the definition of governance, trust and economic models for their blockchain network.

What does the Accelerator provide?

Coaching and support from IBM’s blockchain experts who have contributed to Hyperledger Fabric and Hyperledger Composer, to help you architect and develop your network to its full capabilities
Early access to IBM Blockchain’s High Security Business Network on Bluemix, along with the offerings surrounding it so that you can get started NOW
Access to IBM’s pre-built blockchain software assets to save your team weeks of development effort
Opportunity for co-marketing with IBM to position members of your consortium as technology leaders and promote your blockchain network
Coding and architect reviews to keep your network build moving at its fastest pace
Founder learning sessions with curriculum designed to complement your experiences.
Design Thinking Workshop in the IBM Bluemix Garage for blockchain to help you truly explore and design the “to-be” state of your use case process using blockchain
Opportunity for a six week minimum viable product (MVP) build out with the IBM Bluemix Garage for blockchain

What are the Accelerator options?

The program comes in two tiers: Tier 1 is designed for teams ready to build their MVP themselves. Tier 2 is designed for teams ready to build their MVP with IBM's Bluemix Garage for blockchain.

Tier 1

(Program Fee: $100K USD)

  • Design Thinking Workshop
  • Early Access to the IBM Blockchain High-Security Business Network on Bluemix
  • Access to IBM’s pre-built blockchain software assets
  • Coaching and support from IBM developers and architects
  • Monthly learning sessions with blockchain experts
  • Potential to qualify for up to $120k in Bluemix credits
  • Opportunities for co-marketing with IBM

Tier 2

(Program Fee: $250K USD)

  • Design Thinking Workshop
  • Early Access to the IBM Blockchain High-Security Business Network on Bluemix
  • Access to IBM’s pre-built blockchain software assets
  • Coaching and support from IBM developers and architects
  • Monthly learning sessions with blockchain experts
  • Potential to qualify for up to $120k in Bluemix credits
  • Opportunities for co-marketing with IBM
  • 6 week MVP build out with the IBM Bluemix Garage for blockchain

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