This year solidifies UC Berkeley’s continued momentum as a key hub for blockchain technology and innovation. Our 2021 Xcelerator Cohort application process was the most competitive to date, with over 200 applications for 21 coveted spots that represent diverse verticals, including DeFi, oracles, infrastructure, metaverses, sustainability, and novel crytpo investment tools. We could not be more excited to see what these innovative startups will do by leveraging our Xcelerator network of mentors, researchers, faculty, VCs, and student talent.

Batch 3 End-of-Cohort Gathering

The teams are:

Automata NetworkDecentralized service protocol that provides middleware-like traceless privacy services for dApps on Ethereum and Polkadot to…


The UN estimates that there are over 80 million people around the world who have been forcibly displaced from their homes. Even more live in states of economic, social and political instability. While asylum-seekers wait for their claims to be processed, they reside in detention centers with no entitlement to the freedom of movement, residency, citizenship, or work. They usually have no available money — savings are often inaccessible or spent on transit. Work is frequently exploitative; refugees are often grotesquely underpaid or not paid at all. Being rendered stateless is a form of absolute vulnerability.

Leaf Global Fintech (Xcelerator…


As a photography enthusiast, Yuriy Dybskiy had been thinking about how to make money as a creator. After working on projects tackling the challenge of creating a sustainable stream of income online, he took to a blockchain-powered idea: a browser with in-built micropayments.

Puma Browser (Fa 19) is a privacy-focused mobile web browser which provides a new platform to pay for content and services.

According to Dybskiy, everyone uses a browser, but they don’t think much about them. As individuals are becoming increasingly aware of different companies’ business models and the safety of their information, Puma Browser aims to align…


The Berkeley Blockchain Xcelerator is a blockchain startup accelerator run by UC Berkeley. We provide non-dilutive support to our teams that ranges from access to our high-quality mentor and talent network to special programming sessions with thought leaders and blockchain / crypto venture capital firms. Since January 2019, we have accelerated 45 teams from around the world via 3 batches. Investors in our teams include Polychain, Pantera, Susquehanna, IDEO Co-Lab, Draper Venture Network, Digital Currency Group, HTC, Alibaba, etc., as well as grants from Web3 Foundation and ConsenSys. …


The Berkeley Blockchain Xcelerator team is incredibly excited to share this month’s news from our teams and ecosystem! The Berkeley Blockchain Xcelerator is a blockchain-focused startup accelerator at UC Berkeley, run by Blockchain at Berkeley, Berkeley Engineering (Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology), and the Haas School of Business.

Note: Xcelerator companies will be labeled with their batch number, Sp 20, Fa 19, or Sp 19. You can find a list of our portfolio here.

Company Updates

Shell Protocol Launches First Liquidity Pool

Shell Protocol (Sp 20), a stablecoin-based internet monetary system, has just launched their first stablecoin liquidity pool. In general, they are implementing five main design…


The Berkeley Blockchain Xcelerator team is incredibly excited to share this month’s news from our teams and ecosystem! The Berkeley Blockchain Xcelerator is a blockchain-focused startup accelerator at UC Berkeley, run by Blockchain at Berkeley, Berkeley Engineering (Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology), and the Haas School of Business.

Note: Xcelerator companies will be labeled with their batch number, Sp 20, Fa 19, or Sp 19. You can find a list of our portfolio here.

Current Batch (Sp 20) Updates

Acala closes $7M Series-A led by Pantera Capital

Acala (Sp 20), a decentralized stablecoin platform powering cross-blockchain open finance applications, has closed a $7M Series A round led by Pantera Capital. Other investors…


2.5 Million Users | 187 Countries | $5M Payout In Crypto Rewards

With the recent increase in e-commerce behavior due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Xcelerator Portfolio company StormX (Sp 20) has experienced significant traction in terms of user growth on their platform.

StormX rewards you for shopping online, playing games, and trying new products. The secret sauce is their patented micro-transaction technology which plays well with a multitude of reward methodologies, without fees that cause undue friction. This technology, developed in early 2017, is currently the only way to run payments at scale with less than $0.01 per transaction.


Pressure on the private sector is increasing day by day as the demand for technology-based solutions to reduce the spread of the virus rises. A multitude of challenges remain for society in regards to testing and tracking the disease as well as getting people back to work. Time is of the essence.

Fortunately, a variety of teams determined to counteract the spread of COVID-19 have been working tirelessly on solving innovative technological problems associated with the pandemic.

Here are 3 Xcelerator teams that show immense promise in building the tools and technologies required to tackle the virus.

Snark Health (Sp 20)

Snark Health is…


Nodle, Nugbase, StormX, Snowball from Sp 20 Batch shared industry insights during Berkeley’s Emerging Technologies for Social Impact lecture

Industry Insights from Nodle, Nugbase, StormX, Snowball

Four teams from Xcelerator Sp 20 batch shared industry insights during Spring 2020 Emerging Tech and Social Impact Challenge Lab course (INDENG 185), taught by Prof. Luke Kowalski. This course is structured as an incubator for multidisciplinary students to solve real world problems, spinning out top projects as startups within the UC Berkeley ecosystem.

You can watch the talk by our teams here or below:

Meet the four teams (Sp 20 Batch)

Nodle: Decentralized delay tolerant wireless network

Berkeley Blockchain Xcelerator

A partnership between Berkeley Engineering’s Sutardja Center, Blockchain at Berkeley, and Berkeley Haas

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