MouseBelt To Provide Blockchain Education To California Universities
Mousebelt, a blockchain firm powered by VC, which claims to have collaborated with student-led blockchain clubs at Oxford, Harvard, and Cambridge is reportedly applying its programs at three universities in California.
The Mousebelt’s Blockchain Accelerator released at UC Los Angeles, UC Davis and UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday, raising the educational presence at notable schools in the U.S. MouseBelt is funded over $40 million by NueValue Capital and currently assists 65 student-led blockchain groups at 14 universities globally.
The accelerator integrated with MouseBelt’s advisory team, media groups like Bitcoin Radio and MouseBelt University.
MouseBelt will sponsor all programs from undergraduate to Ph.D. levels, comprising of two programs. The first funds will sponsor research around all the three campuses, and more importantly on blockchain project development. Moreover, MouseBelt has kept aside $500,000 for a total of five projects maneuvring for $100,000 for each.
They are also donating to the engineering departments of the three universities. The accelerator intends to apply these donations for developing a general fundraiser for university selected research.
Ashlie Meredith, the university outreach director, explained that the program is specifically developed to fill in the knowledge gap between different education levels in universities. Student organizations have to take it upon themselves when universities don’t provide blockchain education.
About a year ago, these student organizations became the idea for developing MouseBelt’s current initiative.
“We aim to help these universities become a driving force for innovation in the blockchain space, as well as provide students and researchers with the opportunity for both theoretical and industry experience. It’s not only about equity holds in successful projects, but a long-term play on student development.”
Blockchain courses in demand
The UC Davis ExpoLab head, Dr. Mohammad Sadoghi, has been working with Mousebelt for various functions over the last year. He believes that the students’ demands for blockchain education and coursework are very high. His engineering blockchain lectures max out 65 students, which forces him to cut students and add a waitlist.
“What would it look like if a computation is democratic and decentralized? Blockchain technology is a paradigm shift in data storage and one requiring youthful creativity.” Sadoghi explained.
He also stresses how undergrads are forgotten in space. The only lack the opportunity, even though they have the energy and motivation.