Washington, D.C. will soon have a new global accelerator program focused on cybersecurity and blockchain related startups. The program will be launched by a network of accelerators and venture capital funds, SparkLabs Group, the largest accelerator group in Asia.
SparkLabs Cybersecurity + Blockchain is helmed by entrepreneurs Brian Park and Mike Bott. Brian Park is the former COO of Startup Grind, one of the largest entrepreneurial communities in the world, while Mike Bott is the former Managing Director of The Brandery. Under his leadership, the company was recognized among top twenty accelerators. Recently, the group launched an energy-focused accelerator in Oman.
“We’re excited to bring the SparkLabs brand, connections and expertise to D.C. Immediately, within weeks of our agreement, the SparkLabs team brought in an incredible network of advisors and partners that would support this new accelerator and the startups that we will be investing in,” said Bott. “If you are building the next big thing in cybersecurity or blockchain anywhere in the world, any founder should look at this exciting new accelerator we are launching.”
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Park said the company wants to foster and grow “a robust ecosystem” in both cybersecurity and distributed ledger technologies.
“Our team is looking for core innovations in security across all technology platforms to new innovations across the decentralized world. It’s so early within this space that we are only seeing the Friendsters and MySpaces of the blockchain world. The next Facebooks and Twitters will be developed over the next several years,” he explained.
The SparkLabs Cyber+Blockchain program is based in Washington D.C. The first class will start in March 2019, and applications will begin in January 2018. For more information, visit https://www.sparklabscyber.com