The Columbia | IBM Blockchain LAUNCH Accelerator

The Columbia | IBM Blockchain LAUNCH Accelerator is a non-dilutive program for building and scaling successful companies utilizing blockchain and data transparency. The goal of the program is to help the best emerging companies succeed through education, mentorship, and business model design. As a pillar of the Columbia IBM Center for Blockchain and Data Transparency, IBM and Columbia University are partnering to offer top blockchain companies from around the world a customized program with education from industry and academic research experts, hands-on value-added workshops, active mentoring and curated customer meetings. This program is open to all students, faculty, and recent graduates from NYC accredited academic institutions. University research teams are encouraged to submit their funded research outcomes for publication in academic journals, as usual. 



LAUNCH Success Metrics

  • 1 cycle administered
  • 30 applications received
  • 9 teams accepted
  • 3 teams received follow-on funding of $30k 
Demo Day 2019

2019 LAUNCH teams

About: BitRights is a blockchain-powered SaaS solution that helps creative enterprises efficiently license, monetize, and protect their digital assets.
Universities: Columbia University
Team Members: Chris Robichaud, Charlie Hanna
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About: Smart Contract interface for MakerDAO, allowing multiple parties to separate risk and leverage (CDP) from stability (DAI).
Universities: Columbia University
Team Members: David Watkins, Gilad Penn, Zachary Seligman Karen
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About: A trustless peer-to-peer marketplace, connecting buyers/sellers within the streetwear fashion community
Universities: CUNY CCNY
Team Members: Taehun Lim, Denny Liang, Kartikeya Sharma
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About: forem is building a second medical opinion marketplace. Our vision is to empower patients and enable access to easier, cheaper, faster, and multiple second opinions.
Universities: Columbia University, UNC Chapel Hill
Team Members: Kevin Han, Nir Kabessa
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About: Utilizing blockchain to help farmers connect to consumers by improving transparency towards food provenance
Universities: Parsons New School
Team Members: Mariana Lustosa da Costa Porto, Jidapha Tiantongnukul, Pradubwong Hongvisedchai
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About: Blockchain-backed financial platform to serve the needs of the world’s most vulnerable people – refugees and displaced persons
Universities: Columbia University
Team Members: Soraya Beheshti, Shikhar Bakhdar, Jon Schory
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About: Tokenizing real estate development
Universities: Columbia University
Team Members: Kushagra Aggarwal, Sumeet Kotaria
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About: Image Processing Integrated Smart contracts compliant with the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA)
Universities: Columbia University
Team Members: Sunand Iyer, Sridhar Iyer
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About: Curating DNA data on a permissioned blockchain for use by laboratories, doctors, and patients
Universities: Columbia University, Rutgers University
Team Members: Roger C. Hahn, Ryan Downs, Siddharth Murali
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