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IBM Announces Blockchain Accelerator Program

Big Blue announced a new initiative yesterday to support the development of blockchain networks among enterprises. The project, called the IBM Blockchain Founder Accelerator, will provide technological, business, and legal support for organizations looking to build new blockchain networks.

The initiative builds on IBM’s blockchain ecosystem launched in December. The company has been promoting blockchain technology as a way enterprises can use network technology to change the way they conduct business transactions. IBM Blockchain Founder Accelerator aims to address common challenges to blockchain adoption that have been identified by enterprise developers.

Early Access to New Assets

“Blockchain is a team sport. With the right network of participants collaborating on the blockchain, the benefits can be exponential,” said Marie Wieck, general manager, blockchain technology, IBM. “IBM is proactively building solutions and entire blockchain ecosystems across a broad range of industries and we are sharing our expertise and resources to help more organizations quickly set up their networks.”

Members of the Founder Accelerator will receive early access to new prebuilt software assets via IBM Cloud aimed at helping to reduce the time and expertise needed to write complex blockchain code. In addition to IBM’s blockchain cloud services, the new assets will help clients create their own secure, cloud-based blockchain ecosystems, the company said.

Enterprises that participate in the program will gain access to a number of blockchain resources, including IBM’s Design Thinking Workshops. These are bootcamps to help network founders quickly build, iterate, and design their own blockchain networks by teaching them established best practices in network design.

The program also provides participants with one-on-one mentorship opportunities with technical and business mentors from the IBM Research team, IBM Labs, and IBM Bluemix Garage. Participants will be able to work alongside contributors to the Hyperledger Fabric (a blockchain framework), and early adopters of IBM Blockchain,…


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