STARTUPS | a16z Crypto Startup Accelerator (CSX) to Kick Off With 25 Startups from All Over the World But Africa

The accelerator, which in the past has had the likes of Afriex and did not include any African projects in its current iteration.

a16z’s Crypto Startup Accelerator (CSX) Spring 2024 program is set to kick off this week in London, marking the beginning of an intensive 10-week journey for 25 promising early-stage startups in the crypto space, the company said in a blog post.

The startups were selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants spanning the globe, and represents a diverse array of visionary founders hailing from eight different countries, including:

  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Switzerland
  • United Arab Emirates
  • the United Kingdom
  • United States

The accelerator, which in the past has had the likes of Afriex and did not include any African projects in its current iteration.

The CSX Spring 2024 program is designed to provide founders with invaluable guidance, resources, and mentorship from the a16z crypto team.


“Through collaborative learning and strategic support, participants will accelerate their path to achieving product-market fit, positioning themselves for sustained growth and success in the ever-evolving crypto landscape.”


The 25 startups encompass a variety of sectors, providing an indicator into the hottest areas in blockchain and crypto lately:

  • Infrastructure and consumer applications
  • Decentralized finance (DeFi)
  • Payments
  • Gaming
  • Developer tools
  • Decentralized public interest networks (DePIN)

Below are the selected startups:

  • AminoChain: a decentralized bio-sample marketplace
  • Collar Networks: building the investment bank of the future
  • Compass Labs: building a new standard interface for DeFi
  • Hungry Cats Studio: verification of safe and trustworthy AI workflows
  • Launcher: a crypto product hunt and platform for building smart contract mini apps
  • MagicBlock: framework for on-chain gaming on Solana and SVM
  • NEBRA Labs: an R&D organization that scales and composes proof verification on blockchains
  • Neynar: developer infrastructure for Farcaster
  • NodeKit: building a shared sequencer to help decentralize rollups and improve interoperability
  • Nosh: a decentralized food delivery protocol
  • OpenLayer: scaling web3 through optimistic verifiable computation
  • OpenTrade: provides institutional lending and yield products for the new digital economy
  • Playmint: creating an autonomous world that lets builders create onchain game experiences
  • Roux: a culinary platform for the digital era
  • Sablier: provides infrastructure for token distribution in web3
  • Scrypted: building at the intersection of AI, gaming, and decentralization
  • Spire: a zk Appchain network with atomic composability
  • Strobe: a DeFi scaling network that enables new permissionless and transparent markets
  • taralli labs: a protocol that enables an efficient and decentralized zero-knowledge proof supply chain
  • Tata Bazaar: a social commerce platform connecting the physical and digital worlds of fashion and beauty
  • TITLES: builds creative tools powered by artist-trained AI models
  • Tranched: automates private securitisation transactions using blockchain technology
  • Tweed: wallet and payment solution to onboard consumers in blockchain-based applications
  • Valyu Network: provides trusted data to AI models and applications
  • zkPassport: authentication for government-issued passports with selective reveal of information



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