TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - March 6, 2014) - Bitcoin Decentral, Canada's pre-eminent hub for the decentralized Bitcoin community is launching Bitcoin Decentral Accelerate, the world's first technology startup accelerator dedicated to funding and growing startups focused on next generation cryptocurrencies and disruptive tech.
Bitcoin Decentral is an innovative technology business development centre that has successfully built an established Bitcoin community of passionate experts, entrepreneurs, advocates, and volunteers, from its eclectic offices in a turn-of-century four-story building in downtown Toronto, Canada.
Bitcoin Decentral Accelerate is the first global accelerator that is driven by key players and mentors from the Bitcoin sector. Canada's favorable cryptocurrency business environment makes this Toronto-based location an ideal strategic launchpad for startups from around the world.
"We have created a unique accelerator that takes advantage of the booming innovation opportunities around the next generation of Bitcoin and other disruptive technologies", says Anthony Di Iorio, the accelerator's CEO, founder and general partner. "We have received resounding support from the community, initial investors and mentors, and are laying a strong foundation to build a world-class center of excellence in this emerging segment."
Bitcoin Decentral Accelerate is at the heart of an existing Bitcoin community of entrepreneurship and technical innovation. Launching with a unique set of mentors from the global cryptocurrency space and traditional startup businesses, select investors that can lead follow-on financing rounds, a proven program curriculum that is customized for each startup, experienced managing partners and advisors, and unparalleled insights and visibility from being an integral part of the Bitcoin/Ethereum global ecosystem.
A. Traviss Corry, known for his work in developing internationally recognized accelerator programs, will take the role of Managing Director and founding partner. He will guide the startups through a three month custom program driven by many key recognized mentors in the sector.
William Mougayar, founder of Startup Management, an experienced entrepreneur and thought leader in the startup space, will take the role of Special Advisor, and help in developing the accelerator's networks, and connecting startups with the tech community, as well as being a mentor.
"We have assembled the optimum mentor and investor network for the cryptocurrency space." says A. Traviss Corry, Managing Director of Bitcoin Accelerate. "Working with our mentors, our acceleration program is structured as a three month curriculum of due diligence deliverables that is customized for each startup's unique needs. This approach is a roadmap that strongly prepares startups for their future success."
Bitcoin Decentral Accelerate launches with a core group of highly engaged mentors, as part of a network of over 100 mentors. This roster has commitments from the top tier of the cryptocurrency space, including Ethereum co-founders Vitalik Buterin and Anthony Di Iorio, investor Brock Pierce, Coinapult founder Erik Voorhees, BitPay CEO Tony Gallippi, Blockchain Chief Security Officer Andreas Antonopoulos, monetary expert Trace Meyer, Chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation's Regulatory Affairs Committee Marco Santori, BitAngels co-founder David A. Johnston, Hummingbird Venture Partner Pamir Gelenbe, strategist Jason King, Social Radius CEO Michael Terpin, investor Matthew Roszak, Monetas CEO Johann Gevers, QuickBT founder Jamie Robinson, gaming and cryptocurrency attorney Stuart Hoegner, Griffen Ventures CEO Manie Eagar, MontCombine's Rik Willard, Wild Apricot founder Dmitry Buterin, software professional Joseph Lubin, and Director at the Bitcoin Alliance of Canada and founder of Bitcoinsultants Michael Perklin.
Startups that are accepted into the program receive an initial investment from the accelerator's fund in exchange for a small equity stake, as well as significant perks. Upon graduation, startups will receive an additional investment commitment that will seed their follow-on round.
Applications are now open online. The first selected startups will be announced at the Bitcoin Expo on April 11-13 in Toronto, providing the first participants with instant global exposure. This initial cohort will be expected to start on April 21st, and a total of 9 groups will run through this program, initially.
For investment and mentorship inquiries, please contact info@BDAccelerate.com.
About Bitcoin Decentral Accelerate
Bitcoin Decentral Accelerate is a Toronto-based startup accelerator dedicated to Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, and related disruptive technologies, including a focus on the next generation of economic and financial services in Fintech. BD Accelerate will run a 3-month curriculum structured program, driven by expert mentors, strong valued investors, and a supportive community; all immersed in an emerging revolutionary tech sector, full of passionate people, working to build a better globally decentralized economy. For more info, please visit http://bdaccelerate.com, and follow @bdecentral on Twitter.
About Bitcoin Decentral
Founded by successful Bitcoin community builder, investor, and entrepreneur, Anthony Di Iorio, Bitcoin Decentral is a disruptive business development centre, and digital global hub for innovation in Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency, Fintech and related disruptive technologies. The centre is in a historic and eclectic 100-year old, 4-story building in downtown Toronto, housing several cryptocurrency related ventures as well as events. Bitcoin Decentral provides a co-working space on its main floor, offices and a startup accelerator above, as well as in-house expert educational information, and an unparalleled network of global relationships. Initial anchor tenants include Ethereum, KryptoKit, CoinTalk, the Bitcoin Alliance of Canada, Bitcoin Decentral Cowork, Bitcoin Decentral Accelerate and Bitcoinsultants. Bitcoin Decentral is also home of Toronto's first and most active Bitcoin ATM, the meeting spot for the Toronto Bitcoin Meetup, and the headquarters for the upcoming 2014 Bitcoin Expo (April 11-13 2014).