The first of its kind in Canada, The BlockchainHub brings together education, research and technology incubation, to catalyze the full potential of Blockchain to transform industries and disrupt existing value chains. The BlockchainHub, has been designed in response to the needs of industry professionals, fascinated by the potential impact of Blockchain technology on existing organizations, new ventures and financial markets. The BlockchainHub, located within York University, performs three important functions:
As an innovation hub to support visionary entrepreneurs providing disruptive solutions to real-world problems using Blockchain technology through C-lab.
As a catalyst for interdisciplinary research into new Blockchain technologies, new business models, intellectual property and related issues arising from the widespread deployment of Blockchain through Blockchain Lab.
As a leading educator for professionals engaged in the deployment of Blockchain technologies through Blockchain Academy.
The BlockchainHub, an initiative of Bergeron Entrepreneurs in Science and Technology (BEST), facilitates the development and application of fast-evolving Blockchain technology through: deep subject matter expertise (academic and industry), local and global research partnerships, deep experience in technology commercialization and innovation management, and the development of a local and global community of Blockchain experts and practitioners. The BlockchainHub Educational Programs (Blockchain Academy) are run and certified by Lassonde Professional Development, at Lassonde School of Engineering, York University, Toronto.
Lassonde Professional Development, is one of three Professional Educational offerings at York University, the other two being Osgoode Professional Development (Osgoode Hall Law School) and Schulich Executive Education Centre - SEEC (Schulich School of Business). Lassonde Professional Development (LPD) offers unique, blended, online and experiential courses, designed to meet the professional development needs and interests of technologists and engineers. LPD is an integral part of the Lassonde School of Engineering at York University, committed to implementing Lassonde’s vision of offering ‘lifelong learning’ for engineering professional development requirements.
LPD offers technology three types of professional development courses: Advanced Technology (i.e. Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence), Innovation Management (i.e. Design Thinking and Technology Commercialization), and in partnership with Schulich Executive Education Centre executive education (i.e. Six Sigma and Project Management).
LPD courses are characterized by high professional standards, expert instructors from academia and industry and immersive learning environments. Participants develop a community where they learn from and interact with each other (before, during and after the course). Each course includes insights from global thought leaders, a cumulative assignment, and direct access to experts and communities. Participants completing each course, in addition to LPD certificates, have the option of completing the appropriate professional exam, and receiving Continuing Professional Development Credits. Most courses are offered as a sequential learning opportunity, ultimately leading to a Masters Cerificate in the discipline.
Lassonde School of Engineering is a new engineering school at Canada’s third largest university. The Lassonde School of Engineering has been created to be the home of the Renaissance Engineer: a place where students are free to explore their passions and gain different perspectives from the world around them.
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BlockchainHub & Community building
- Blockchain users, developers, and potential partners
- York University with global and regional academic partners
Researchers / technology startups with funding programs
Technology innovators with commercialization expertise
Blockchain ventures, entrepreneurs and potential Investors
Researchers in Blockchain Technology - understanding the legal and industry applications for Blockchain
Faculty, Graduate, and Undergraduate students
BlockchainHub & Entrepreneurs
- Providing educational resources for Blockchain professionals through Blockchain Academy
- Offering business mentoring, and access to Innovation York, LaunchYU, VentureLab
- Facilitating interactions with potential users and first customers
- Providing guidance through funding processes, help acquiring grants, and preparing investment pitches
- Providing access to physical infrastructure and technology resources
BlockchainHub & Researchers
Creating multi-disciplinary research opportunities
Identifying industry/academia issues and research focus areas
Building on research excellence at York University
Applying for grants and other funding options
Facilitating global partnerships to attract best in class research and technology partners
Linking students, for research, co-op opportunities and full-time employment
BlockchainHub & Venture Funding
Providing early access to blockchain startups
Identifying matching funds to reduce investment risk
Access to equity crowdfunding platforms to foster co-investment
Connecting experienced Blockchain investors with those who wish to join the growing movement
BlockchainAcademy offers deeper learning in an organized environment to maximize investment impact