Sandeep Nailwal-backed Web3 accelerator launches demo day for first cohort

The Web3 developer program received interest from over 1,000 projects but only 15 were selected for Cohort 0.

Web3 accelerator Beacon has wrapped up its first cohort with 13 graduating companies and has provided a venue for project founders to demo their blockchain-based startups. 

Beacon’s first 12-week cohort, dubbed Cohort 0, kicked off in October with 15 companies across various cryptocurrency subsectors, including decentralized finance (DeFi), gaming and infrastructure. Beacon held a demo day on Jan. 10 with 13 graduating companies: Arcana, Blinkmoon, ChapterX, Colexion, Community Gaming, Cubist, FastLane, Meta Apes, Mystic Moose, Nillion, Davos Protocol, Timeswap and Ylide.

Polygon co-founder and Beacon creator Sandeep Nailwal described the first batch of graduates as the “MVP of Beacon” because they were the first to demonstrate the accelerator’s chain-agnostic utility.

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Nailwal said Cohort 0 dealt with significant adversity as the turmoil from the FTX collapse reverberated across the market. “We were worried that companies might start dropping out, so disheartened by the crypto markets,” he said in reference to the FTX bankruptcy. “Instead, everyone turned up and was ready to keep building through this.”

2022 was a record-breaking year for Web3 venture capital despite the bear market. Source: Cointelegraph Research

Applications for the upcoming intake, Cohort 1, will be open until Jan. 31, with up to $8 million in funding offered to 32 startups. Nailwal said the applicants would be evaluated for their project team, global reach, community and Web3 product solution. 

Related: Cointelegraph’s Accelerator Program launches and is seeking Web3 startups

Web3 investment has dominated the venture capital scene over the past 12 months as investors continued to back new internet startups. In November, the Web3 sector saw 23 individual deals valued at a combined $168.3 million, according to Cointelegraph Research. Only infrastructure projects commanded a higher dollar amount.

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