Xcelerator December 2021 Updates: 2022 Cohort Application Open until 1/20/22 & Demo Day Recap

Berkeley Blockchain Xcelerator
3 min readDec 22, 2021

First, we are excited to share that our 2022 Cohort (Batch 5) application is now open on F6s until January 20th! 👉 Apply Here! 👈

Secondly, on November 22nd, the Berkeley Blockchain Xcelerator brought its 2021 programming to a close with a combined demo day, alumni showcase and career fair!

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 65 teamsfrom around the world in 4 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. Our teams have now raised follow-on funding exceeding $200+M!

This upcoming batch (2022 Cohort) will run from April to October 2022, and will be hybrid with some programming online and optionally in-person. Teams at all stages and from all locations are welcome to apply; no previous UC Berkeley affiliation is required. The application is open here until January 20, 2022.

Our November 22nd, Demo Day event was produced in a hybrid format, with over 200 attendees in-person on UC Berkeley’s campus and another 100 audience members participating virtually.

Featured presentations included pitches from teams in our outgoing batch and updates from past Xcelerator participants - as well as Professor Dawn Song’s exciting preview of UC Berkeley’s new Center for Responsible, Decentralized Intelligence!

After the pitch presentations, teams broke out into individual booths for a more personal networking event- engaging with investors, students, faculty and other community members both in-person and virtually.

If you’d like to access our Demo Day 2021 YouTube recording and the pitch decks, please request those here.

Demo Day was a resounding success! Attendees praised the work of our latest batch and the organization of a valuable, productive career fair. The Xcelerator would like to sincerely thank all who participated in making this night possible.

We’d also like to extend thanks to each member of the 2021 cohort for their hard work and innovation throughout the year. Stay tuned for more Xcelerator news as we prepare to welcome our new cohort!

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