Time to Rebuild: Raising $59 Million in the Crypto Industry And Accelerating Pre-Seed Startups

Thu, Jan 21, 2021, 6:00 PM (MST)

About this event

This virtual event will feature Trevor Koverko, founder of the blockchain company Polymath, who raised $59 million to makes it easy to create, issue, and manage tokens on the blockchain.

This event is done in partnership with the Founder Institute (FI) and will also feature Nicole Sanchez, a soon-to-be graduate of the current FI cohort and Todd Embley, a Director for Western Canada at FI.

About Trevor Koverko

Trevor is a blockchain founder and investor

Trevor became an early leader in the blockchain community - helping finance projects like Ethereum, EOS, Hashgraph and Shapeshift.

In 2017, after predicting the mega-trend of financial securities migrating to the blockchain, Trevor founded his 3rd company: Polymath - a leading security token platform.

Polymath was founded after Trevor attempted to 'tokenize' his PE fund and experienced first hand how painful it was to launch a compliant security token.

Prior to Polymath, Trevor’s Oculus Rift-based project became one of the world's first VR exits.

Trevor is also the co founder of Digital Assets International, a private equity fund that acquires high margin/cashflow online businesses.

Trevor was also an NHL draft pick of the New York Rangers!

About Nicole Sanchez

Nicole is one of Hempact’s Co-Founders and serves as the company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Working alongside a few different not-for-profits that empower women and youth, Hempact is creating menstrual pads that are sustainable and disposable using hemp and biodegradable plastics.

Nicole is also part of the current Founder Institute Western Canada cohort, the biggest pre-seed start-up accelerator in the world to help gain valuable skills and more knowledge in the world of entrepreneurship. 

About Todd Embley and the Founder Institute

Todd is the Senior Startup Advocate for Agora.io. He is also Co-Director of Founder Institute Western Canada, and the Executive Producer + Host of The Negotiation, a podcast that interviews experts in cross-border expansion for brands looking to enter the Chinese market.

Todd is a serial entrepreneur who is well versed in VC, startups, community building and mentor programming at a global level. He also spent 8 years in China; first as an entrepreneur before joining SOSV’s Chinaccelerator where he was Program Director for 4.5 years. 

The Founder Institute (FI) is the world’s largest startup accelerator.
• Creating 800 - 1,000 Companies Per Year Globally
• 185+ cities
• 4,200+ portfolio companies
• 15,000+ mentors
• HQ in Silicon Valley

A bit about FI in Canada
Fi is the largest startup accelerator in Canada.
• Over 20 semesters
• 200+ portfolio companies
• 500+ mentors

A bit about their Startup Accelerator

Their 14-week, program includes a series of challenging growth sprints, in addition to Weekly Feedback Sessions where founders will receive constant feedback on your progress from experienced Mentors and Investors.
• A proven process, build off best practices and refined by thousands of companies.
• Highly mentor driven.
• Local, regional and global in scope.
• Ready to go.

Learn about how you can join their next cohort, starting March 3, here


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