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 21, Sp 20, Fa 19, or Sp 19. You can find a list of our portfolio here.

Berkeley Ecosystem Updates

We are thrilled to announce the launch of FiatLux DAO, a collective of @UCBerkeley alum focused on funding scientific and technological innovation in…


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 21, Sp 20, Fa 19, or Sp 19. You can find a list of our portfolio here.

Berkeley Ecosystem Updates

UC Berkeley Mints First NFT with Foundation on Noble Prize Winning Research for Cancer Treatment “The 4th Pillar” — Auction June 7–8, 2021

UC Berkeley has minted the first NFT from the University! This NFT brings together Berkeley’s groundbreaking, Nobel Prize winning research and our more…


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 cohort name — e.g. 2021, 2020, Fa19, or Sp19. You may view a list of our past portfolio teams here.

Xcelerator Hybrid Demo Day, Showcase & Career Fair — Save the Date & Request Invite! November 17, 2021

As they say, “the show must go on!” for our 2021 cohort, and the UC Berkeley campus is open, for now.

Please plan…


Nodle (Sp 20) aims to equip every Internet of Things (IoT) device, shipping pallet, shipping container, electric scooter, and much more with the ability to connect to the internet without the need for wifi or cellular connection. They achieve this by leveraging existing smartphones, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) enabled routers, and blockchain technology to create a network of secure, privacy-first online devices that are able to tunnel the traffic for devices that cannot connect to the internet themselves.

Micha Benoliel, Nodle’s Co-founder and CEO, is taking lessons from his previous ventures Open Garden and FireChat, by setting out on a…


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…

Berkeley Blockchain Xcelerator

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

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