IBM Hyper Protect Accelerator is an investment-readiness and technical mentorship program, run in partnership with Village Capital and IBM. The program supports impact-focused startups leveraging highly sensitive data to improve the quality of, and access to digital, financial and healthcare services. The IBM Hyper Protect Accelerator has already supported 45 early-stage startups across the world and is now open to applications for Cohort 4. Check out Cohorts 2-3 here. No equity will be taken in your company by IBM nor Village Capital as part of the program.
This year the program will expand to support more companies working on impactful datatech products. The 2021 program will consist of three components:
- The IBM Hyper Protect Accelerator (15 companies): 2 years of technical mentorship from IBM (including up to $120,000 of free IBM cloud credits) & a 3 month intensive Village Capital Investment Readiness Accelerator with bespoke mentor and investor matching.
- Friends of Hyper Protect (40 companies): 2 years of quarterly technical mentorship from IBM (including up to $120,000 of free IBM cloud credits) & a 3-month Investment Readiness support from Village Capital focusing on milestone planning and investor matchmaking.
- The Datatech for Good Coalition: A coalition on Village Capital’s Abaca platform that matches datatech for good startups with like-minded investors and peers.
Read more about the different program components below, and watch this video about the program from IBM leadership.
Apply by May 15 http://bit.ly/IBMHPA4