IgniteHQ, the startup ecosystem nonprofit, has announced the launch of two new Labs – one dedicated to Social Innovation and Impact Investing and another focused on the region’s participation in the global development of new Blockchain and Cryptoeconomic solutions. The Labs will be accessible both at their headquarters just off the Square in Marietta near Kennesaw State University as well as through their formal partnerships with other innovation centers and coworking facilities statewide.
IgniteHQ plans to offer paid Fellowships to select entrepreneurs as well as providing access to specially designed curriculum and programming. The Labs will also partner with larger enterprises to explore and test new products, at-scale solutions, and business models.
The worldwide Social Innovation and Impact Investment markets have exploded in the past decade. By some estimates, as much as $9 trillion has been invested utilizing Impact and ESG metrics while entrepreneurs and multinational corporations alike look for creative and substantive ways to bake purpose into their daily activities and their core business strategies.
Blockchain/Cryptoeconomics sits at the cutting edge of the technology world with an expectation that the solutions made possible will fundamentally disrupt entire industries in the coming years. Constant media coverage of everything from Bitcoin to ICOs to large supply chain implementations by Fortune 100 companies has the public and the business world excited and often confused.
“The industries that these Labs represent are comprised of stakeholders that exceptionally diverse yet intensely specialized. Impact Investors differ in many important ways from other Venture or Angel Investors, and deal structures sometimes look nothing like a normal funding round. Similarly, participants in the Blockchain/Crypto world have interests and philosophies that are particular to that market,” explained Hubbard.
“IgniteHQ already has strong relationships with pioneers and leaders in both Social Impact and Blockchain/Crypto, and we want to leverage those resources to serve the entrepreneurs, innovators, and enterprises of the State of Georgia,” noted Alfredo Narez, President of m1six and IgniteHQ Advisor in Residence.
Visit https://CurateFor.Us/labs to learn more or to apply for participation.