(Los Angeles, California - October 11, 2018) To celebrate Los Angeles’ Blockchain Week, the International Business Accelerator (IBA) announces Los Angeles’ first business accelerator cohort for leveraging blockchain technology for entry into global markets. Greater Los Angeles founders eager to build global companies around the blockchain are encouraged to apply for the 12-week program taking place at the Blackstone Launchpad at USC’s Marshall School of Business from October 24th to January 30th, 2019. Applications are being accepted via Iba.io and BarbaraBickham.com until October 19th, 2018.
The IBA accepts early-stage startup founding teams and small businesses with global products, technologies and services who are looking to develop their cross-border strategy around the blockchain. Participants receive a 12-week intern, business coaching, mentorship, market research, consulting services, education and more.
The new cohort will be facilitated by recognized advanced technology CTO and blockchain expert Barbara Bickham, who also mentors at business accelerators such as Bixel Exchange, Stubbs Alderton’s Precellerator©, Make in LA and other entrepreneurial programs.
“Partnering with Barbara on this cohort makes sense on several levels,” says Michael McClune of the IBA. “First we both present companies with global expansion solutions, ours being the focus of growth and hers being the inherent nature of advanced technology.” Secondly, she shares our sustained commitment to graduate more women-led companies from the IBA than traditional male-led companies.” “Third, the IBA was built to introduce timely, sector-specific cohorts to complement the ongoing Export and InboundLA (FDI) accelerator cohorts.” “Being that Barbara is an expert in the hottest sector of business growth as well as a respected advisor to startup accelerators around town makes it a perfect union for startups eager to be on the forefront of business technology and international expansion.”
The IBA’s Blockchain for Global Growth will work with companies to launch them into global markets using blockchain technology and proven business acceleration techniques. “This access to blockchain know-how and extensive one-on-one business support is simply not available in any other program," said IBA founder Christopher Lynch, an international business expert and professor.