Boost VC Goes ‘Full Bitcoin’ For Next Startup Mentor Round

By November 24, 2014Bitcoin Politics
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Adam Draper Boost VC
Adam Draper Boost VC

Boost VC, the startup accelerator and immersive mentorship program co-founded by Adam Draper, will accept only bitcoin companies for its next round, known as 'Tribe 5'.

Boost VC will include 20-30 bitcoin companies for its next three-month entrepreneurship course starting early 2015. The startups enrolled live in shared housing while they work on growing their companies and meet regularly with key Silicon Valley figures and investors.

According to a message posted on Medium, Boost VC is looking for startups working in the fields of "payments, exchanges, block chain technology, sidechains, and companies that service bitcoin companies".

Bitcoin-friendly

Boost VC has always been a 'bitcoin-friendly' accelerator, so the move will not come as a complete shock. Draper had previously vowed to use the program, which he founded in late 2012, to fund 100 bitcoin startups by 2017.

It has also mentored and funded bitcoin services companies like Gliph, Vaurum (now known as Mirror), snapCard and BitPagos. Following the tech industry standard, it invests and takes a small stake in every company it mentors.

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Boost VC's previous program, Tribe 4, wrapped up last month and featured mostly bitcoin-focused companies. The accelerator had received over 700 applications from startups, accepting fewer than 4% to participate.

Bitcoin is just the first step, the company said. Referring to the gap between the 'visionary' and 'pragmatic' stages of a market, it said Boost VC hopes to be able to breach other 'before-the-chasm' industries.

Motives

Boost VC gave the following three reasons for its 100% dedication to bitcoin for this round:

'Hyperfocus', or wanting to become the leader of this industry with the best network, with the ability to add tremendous value to anyone in the space;

Playing to strengths, which refers to the success of past participants. On average, a Boost company has raised over $500K in investment, and participating investors as well as startups were all early bitcoin movers.

Finally, Boost VC says it genuinely loves the bitcoin community and has received plenty of encouragement itself from members. Focusing on bitcoin is a way to return some of this respect.

Great opportunity to grow

Tina Hui, CEO and founder of bitcoin video news service Follow the Coin, which was a selected participant in Tribe 4, told CoinDesk Boost VC's mentorship and investment motivated her company to focus and grow.

"Starting any business is difficult, especially in bitcoin. FinTech is global and there are a lot of moving pieces to pay close attention to, from currency rates, the ever changing competitive complexity of the space and emerging regulatory requirements."

Joining a startup accelerator with dedicated supportive mentors and 'tribe mates' that become family, she said, makes a difference to how participants grow as teams and individuals.

She also noted that, including herself, Tribe 4 featured two female bitcoin company founders – the other being Catheryne Nicholson of BlockCypher, a cloud-optimized block chain services platform for web developers.

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Boost VC will include 20-30 bitcoin companies for its next three-month entrepreneurship course starting early 2015. The startups enrolled live in shared housing while they work on growing their companies and meet regularly with key Silicon Valley figures and investors.

According to a message posted on […]