Build for Bharat: DeFi-focused hackathon and accelerator program for India
In March 2020, Binance and WazirX collaborated on Blockchain for India initiative to boost the Indian blockchain ecosystem. This was followed by Polaris, a crypto-entrepreneur program that helps startups build blockchain solutions with real-world use cases, and provides support in terms of investments, marketing expertise, and technological know-how.
Today, in the same cryptopreneurial spirit, we’re excited to launch Build for Bharat, a twofold program with hackathon and acceleration opportunities; initiated to bridge the gap between blockchain and mass adoption.
Build for Bharat invites creators, innovators, and BUIDLers from all over India to come and showcase their talent by building unique and creative products utilizing digital assets and blockchain technology. The program strongly aligns with our vision of spreading financial sovereignty and bringing blockchain to all; also making it our first DeFi-focused hackathon and acceleration program.
Who can apply?
We’re calling on startups and individuals who work on Mini-Tokens, Micro Financing Products, Blockchain Datasets, Blockchain-AI Solutions and more to come join us. We encourage cryptopreneurs working on a proof-of-concept, building a minimal viable product (MVP) or a blockchain-based innovative use case to participate as well; the hackathon is DeFi-focused but we welcome out-of-the-box blockchain based projects too!
“India has been one of the most interesting countries Binance has tapped into! We’ve seen entrepreneurs create robust blockchain-based solutions from scratch and scale it. With the second largest blockchain developer base in the world - India has already kickstarted the revolution of decentralization and we’re here to fuel it!”
Changpeng Zhao (CZ), CEO at Binance
Through Build for Bharat, shortlisted startups will receive rewards from a pool of 30,00,000+ INR and winning teams will receive an acceleration (push in terms of funding) via Polaris, along with close mentoring from leading industry experts, founders, and the Binance team itself.
The winning teams will gain access and support from Binance’s blockchain ecosystem that comprises Binance Chain, Binance Cloud, Binance Launchpad, Binance DEX, and more.
Build for Bharat is a three months long twofold program with hackathon and acceleration opportunities divided into 3 cohorts:
(Note: The application deadline has been extended to 31st October 2020)
How do I sign up?
Head over to the event registration website to sign up for Build for Bharat! (Event and process is managed by Lumos Labs - A Singapore-based innovation management platform.)
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