Maryland Smith’s new Blockchain Accelerator, led by the Supply Chain Management Center and the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, merges the university’s best capabilities in computer science, engineering and business.

The business implications of blockchain are perhaps as impactful as the internet itself was 20 years ago. Blockchain harnesses advances in computing, peer-to-peer networks and cryptography to allow the transaction of digital assets without the need for a third party guarantor.

This accelerator will help early-stage companies from around the country access content and mentorship to systematically advance their businesses. Entirely virtual, the accelerator will leverage the FounderTrac platform. The 45-day program culminates in a Demo Day where participating companies will have an opportunity to pitch to investors.

Because there is no cost or equity taken the applications will be highly competitive for a limited number of seats.

Important Dates

  • Feb. 21, 2022: Application closes
  • March 7, 2022: Selected participants announced
  • March 16, 2022: Blockchain Accelerator program begins
  • April 27, 2022: Program concludes

Benefits to Participants

  • Access to top industry mentors
  • A Demo Day with the Dingman Center Angel Group and other Angels and VCs
  • FounderTrac’s online collaborative company building platform
  • Access to the Founder Focus Assessment™ algorithm with startup risk readout
  • Access to ‘Sherpa’ mentoring and advisory network
  • Work sessions with professional templates, worksheets, and examples
  • Small group coaching facilitated by subject matter experts and elite founders/executives
  • Ask Me Anything (AMA) sessions led by subject matter experts and elite founders/executives
  • Virtual events including kick-off & Demo Day benefiting from expert production and publicity