Berkeley Blockchain Xcelerator June Newsletter

Berkeley Blockchain Xcelerator
4 min readJun 10, 2023


The Berkeley Blockchain Xcelerator is an internationally recognized, non- dilutive source of support for startups in the global blockchain ecosystem and now leads our 3rd pillar on community & entrepreneurship for Berkeley’s campus-wide initiative on Web3 and blockchain — Berkeley Center for Responsible, Decentralized Intelligence (RDI).

Also, UC Berkeley has been ranked the #1 university for blockchain in the US for a second year in a row!

Xcelerator 2023 Cohort Week

It was great meeting our cohort teams face to face. We got great feedback from the experience, and are looking forward to seeing them again for the Demo Day Pitch Session the last week of August.

Cohort Week Recap

We just celebrated our in-person Cohort Week, with over half the cohort able to join us in Berkeley and SF for a few days of exclusive BBX events.

Throughout the week, the cohort participated in speaking sessions such as Introduction to Innovation at UC Berkeley with Rich Lyons, How to Acquire and Engage with Non-Crypto Users with Artiom and Mikhail (BBX Alums and founders of Linkdrop), Smart Contract Code Auditing and Security with Kacper Bek from Quantstamp, Current State of the Blockchain Market with Pantera Capital.

Our friends and partners at Ripple who hosted our cohort at their SF offices, provided a great talk on the Ripple accelerator program, grants and other resources available to blockchain startups. These events were fantastic opportunities to engage in an open dialogue and share valuable insights.

Our cohort teams visit Perkins Coie for the insightful speaking session on the current regulatory landscape, security law/Howey test topics, money transmission and AMA! It was a fantastic opportunity to engage in an open dialogue and share valuable insights.

Our cohort teams also attended the ZK Hackathon Finale which provided innovative presentations on ZK Solutions, hosted by our parent organization, RDI.

Special thanks to all the teams who made it in-person and attended virtually.

Xcelerator Alum Team Updates

OAK’s Network’s Turing Network reaches important milestones

OAK Network and Mangata Finance pioneer parachain cross-chain functionality for the Kusama and Polkadot ecosystems with remote execution of a cross-chain transaction.

Moreover, Turing Network’s Dyanimc Dispatch enables workflow automation with infinitely recurring transactions. This feature extends time-based automation to every extrinsic on the Turing Network & enables indefinitely recurring transactions. Read more…

DataGateway jointly conducts Japan’s first “NFT Chips Promotion” with Calbee, Inc.

The data wallet “wappa” which DataGateway Pte. Ltd. has jointly developed with Hakuhodo Inc. will be implemented in Calbee Potato Chips “NFT Chips Promotion” as the original data wallet. For the first time in Japan, NFT is added as a bonus that allows consumers to enjoy the gradual growth linked to their purchase frequency. The campaign is in collaboration with Calbee, Hakuhodo, and CryptoGames Inc. and runs from April 12 to May 31 in Japan.

DataGateway has been developing a data wallet “woollet” using decentralized identifiers and verifiable credentials, aiming to realize a society where individuals have data sovereignty under the vision of “bridging the worlds between web2.0 and web3.0.” Based on the knowledge and technology developed since the company’s founding, “wappa,” a data wallet jointly developed with Hakuhodo based on “woollet,” will be introduced in the Calbee’s NFT Chips Promotion as its second NFT initiative. Read more…

OAK Network powers cross-chain dApp, the Auto-Compounder.

Turing Network powers dApp on partner parachain via remote execution, leveraging Polkadot and Kusama’s XCM technology capabilities. The Auto-Compounder allows DeFi users on MangataX to add/remove liquidity and auto-compound liquidity pool rewards with just a few clicks! Congratulations to the Yieldbay team who built the Auto-Compounder dApp after becoming the first OAK Network grant recipient by utilizing our state-of-the-art remote execution and the ability to schedule future transactions across the MGX and Turing parachains! Read more…

Finally, the Xcelerator is an independent, sponsorship funded program, and we rely on this sponsorship to continue to groom the most promising teams year over year. If your organization is interested in sponsoring the Xcelerator, and you’d like to learn more about the inherent benefits of being a sponsor, please take a moment to fill out this brief survey, and we will follow up with you.

Stay in touch!

If you’d like to learn more about the Xcelerator, please review our Xcelerator website, especially our portfolio of past cohort participants. We’d also recommend that you follow us on Medium and Twitter to stay up to date with the Xcelerator news.

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Berkeley Blockchain Xcelerator

A partnership between Berkeley Engineering’s RDI & SCET, Blockchain at Berkeley, and Berkeley Haas