Venture Development

Supporting startups to accelerate time to market

Founders building blockchain applications are faced with unique challenges that traditional technology startups have not yet confronted. At R3, we have been solving these problems since 2016, helping businesses across a wide range of industries bring Corda applications to market. We are invested in the long-term success of every CorDapp and aspire to be a trust partner throughout each stage of the process.

Our global, equity-free Venture Development Program helps startups unlock the deep technical and industry expertise of R3 and our partners, immersing founders in the largest enterprise blockchain ecosystem in the world. Participating startups gain access to educational content and support resources, ecosystem events, and mentoring from our global network of experts, industry leaders and investors.

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A gateway into our ecosystem

The Venture Development Program connects each startup with a regional lead who will serve as their main point of contact and connect them with our corporate partners and enterprise customers building on Corda. We also run regular events and workshops that leverage the expertise of our global network of mentors and investors—all of whom are devoted to helping your company get to market faster.

Program benefits:

  • Mentorship from our global network of 200+ industry experts and investors
  • Weekly events, workshops and office hours hosted by industry leaders
  • Partnerships with dozens of high-quality incubator and accelerator programs
  • Access to our Venture Development Networking Portal
  • Sponsored industry challenges for potential POC opportunities with enterprise partners
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Who is eligible?

Pre-seed to Series A startups working on an enterprise (B2B) solution using distributed ledger technology are eligible to participate in the Venture Development Program—regardless of what stage your application is in. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Interested in becoming a mentor?

Mentors are the backbone of our program and serve as one of the biggest value-adds for our startups. As a mentor, you’ll share your experience and expertise to support these early-stage startups along their blockchain journey. Our current mentors are industry SMEs, functional experts, former founders and investors.

As a mentor, you’ll be able to:

  • Meet and mentor high quality founders, with potential to join as a formal advisor
  • Share your knowledge and get exposure to our vast ecosystem.
  • Connect with and identify promising startups for investment opportunities
  • Gain access to our Venture Development community events such as our Startup Series, office hours, workshops, networking and more
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Learning about the emerging technology companies early and meeting their talented founders is a great way for us to strengthen our connectivity to an increasingly important ecosystem.

Noam Tasch

Co-Head of Digital Partnerships, BNY Mellon

AWS takes pride in our culture of customer obsession and commitment to partners. Because we see these values reflected in R3’s Venture Development Program, AWS has committed to provide free tools, resources and credits to support the success of R3’s partners in the program.

Lana Kalashnyck

Principal Partner Solution Architect, AWS

R3 has been widely successful in their enterprise blockchain platform, Corda, and their sharp focus on innovation within the banking and financial services sector. We have witnessed their explosive growth and increasing market adoption throughout my years at HSBC and now in my new capacity at QBN Capital.

Frank Tong

Managing Partner, QBN Capital

I’ve really enjoyed working with the R3 team and their ecosystem partners. The quality and variety of companies we’ve met through R3 has been exceptional. I continue to be impressed by their creativity and vision for the future.

Josh Kuzon

Partner, Reciprocal Ventures

It’s been a privilege working with R3 and its vast Corda-building startup ecosystem. The level of professionalism exemplified by the R3 team and its founders has truly set itself apart as the leader in the enterprise blockchain and B2B software business space.

Luca Burlando

Director, Blockchain Valley Ventures

We’ve collaborated with the R3 Venture Development team for some time—the quality support start-ups are receiving from the R3 team is a meaningful plus for us as early-stage investors.

David Chreng-Messembourg

Founding Partner, LeadBlock Partners