Resource Roundup: UMD is launching a blockchain accelerator

With a new partner accelerator. University of Maryland (UMD) Is breaking into the blockchain – well, metaphorically, anyway.

University Robert H. Smith SchoolIn partnership with Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship And Supply Chain Management CenterIs starting its first. Blockchain Accelerator. Within six weeks the virtual application used Founder of Trac The 10 to 15 tech-focused startup forums will have the opportunity to meet with mentors and participate in weekly courses with other team members. The program gathers on Demo Day where the founders will launch their business to angel investors.

John AcostaMBA candidates at the School of Business and Program Leaders say school leaders want to create blockchain-based accelerators because of the potential of technology. He said the school itself is also very interested in blockchain technology as the university has just launched a new course on the subject in business school.

Acosta tells “everyone, somehow, is getting into the blockchain” because of the technology focused on decentralization. “It’s big news everywhere we go. There are cryptocurrencies, there are NFTs – all of which are technologies built on blockchain technology.

Acosta said the program will accept applications from the beginning of any phase, noting that it already has a few applicants who have raised a good amount of funding – although the program itself is free and will not. Take any stock from the founder. It is also open to founders worldwide, although UMD supports it. What the school is really looking for is a founder who has a strong technical product but needs little help in business.

With blockchain “a new and emerging technology and [UMD] “As an accredited business school and university, we thought it would be an incredible way to combine these skills and needs,” Acosta said. There are topics.

The Accelerator program launched in January and is scheduled to launch on March 16th.

Apply by February 21


Through it. SHRMLabs App based, Alexandria, Virginia Society for Human Resource Management Launching new accelerator for HR technology startups.

The eight-week program, which will be held almost exclusively, is designed for early-stage start-ups, hoping to address workplace and cultural challenges. Participating companies WorkplaceTech Accelerator The organization said it will have access to the Market Data Advisory Council, a minimum investment of $ 120,000 and access to the SHRM Expert Network.

To qualify, a start-up must be integrated with a cohesive team and business plan, have a product developed on the market, and be able to generate an annual turnover of no more than $ 4 million. The overall goal is to support business start-ups, create a new future at work, or improve the overall work experience.

“SHRM is leading by example, to make an impact, to bring a better workplace, to build a better world.” William KoreaManaging Director of SHRM Innovation Labs in a statement. “Through SHRMLabs, we are highlighting and helping to develop innovative entrepreneurs who are working to bring new technologies into the workplace that will support HR professionals around the world.”

The group starts in April and will continue until the test day on June 7.

Apply by February 21 -30-


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