Accelerating blockchain projects

Pushing real world adoption

Expanding the ICON Ecosystem

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Your Partner in Blockchain

Funding

Funding

We provide initial funding and necessary resources to help you succeed

Support

Support

We support projects in building their products and raising capital

Insight

Insight

We believe our firsthand experience with token offerings gives us unique insight

Locations

We provide access to the global community through Launchpads in strategic regions

Current ICX Station Launchpads:

Seoul

Tokyo

San Francisco

Singapore

Focus on your product. We do the rest.

Up to $100K USD equivalent ICX investment from ICON Foundation

Tech support from ICON team

Support from ICON ecosystem, including advisors, industry experts, and investors

Introduction to preferred service providers with discounted rates

ICO guidance

Token economics and whitepaper review

Pitch deck preparation
and review

Global Demo Day

Meet the ICX Station Team

Daeki Lee

San Francisco Launchpad Manager

Daeki started his career as a venture capitalist at TransLink Capital, in which he led multiple early stage investments. He also actively supported multiple portfolio companies and was deeply involved with many early stage entrepreneurs.

He spends his spare time learning about new technologies and was impressed with the potential of “socioeconomic revolution” through token economics, at which point he decided to build ICX Station to support entrepreneurs who are trying to build next generation businesses on blockchain.

Daeki earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

Scott Smiley

San Francisco Launchpad Manager

Scott earned his Master of Science in Finance (MSF) from Vanderbilt University in 2016, followed by two years of Investment Banking experience at Deutsche Bank with a focus on Asset Backed Securities.

During his time at Deutsche Bank he dedicated his nights and weekends to self-education on the nascent blockchain and cryptocurrency space, eventually leading to his current role at ICX Station.

Hyun Oh

Seoul Launchpad Manager

Hyun began his career as a software engineer more than 10 years ago with LG Electronics, before moving on to the corporate venture capital space with GS Shop, Korea's largest corporate VC, for several years.

After witnessing the movement in the blockchain space, Hyun realized that blockchain would be a new frontier that would revolutionize industries in the same manner that the web and mobile sectors did. He decided to begin his new career in the field and is currently the Co-founder and Managing Partner of Deblock, ICON's VC firm and accelerator partner.

Markus Jun

Seoul Launchpad Manager

For the past 2 years, Markus has been an angel investor and full-time analyst and researcher with various angel investor groups that invested exclusively in blockchain and cryptocurrency projects. Having looked into 1000+ projects during this time, his investments include Ethereum, ICON, 0x, and Aion.

Markus is fascinated by the hyper-accelerated movements of the blockchain space and its highly interdisciplinary characteristics, and is convinced of blockchain's potential to transform industries. He is currently an Investment Manager, and Head of Research at Deblock, ICON's VC firm and Accelerator partner.

John Minkoo Kim

Tokyo Launchpad Manager

Minkoo began his career as an Investment Banking Analyst at Mizuho Securities’ Real Estate & REITs Group, before leaving in 2016 to pursue a career in the startup field.

Prior to joining ICON in 2017, he worked for ATEAM Ventures as a Business Development Manager, where he gained extensive experience in managing a business and fundraising. His particular interest lies in how blockchain technology can disrupt the existing business models in this era of decentralization.

Minkoo holds a BS in Commerce (Economics and Industry Tract) from Waseda University.

Advisors

Min Kim

Council Member, ICON Foundation

Eric Bahn

General Partner, Hustle Fund

Ronghui Gu

Co-Founder, CertiK

Michael Chang

Managing Director, Wachsman

Collins Belton

Blockchain Counsel, Atrium

Michael Gord

CEO, MLG Blockchain Consulting

Partners

Who are the ideal candidates for ICX Station?

Characteristics of the ideal candidate include, but are not limited to:

  • Experienced entrepreneurs with interest in building a blockchain-based business
  • Good understanding of blockchain and its current capabilities
  • Preferred if minimum viable product is available
  • Team needs technical talent
  • Viable token economics model
  • Full-time commitment and willingness to temporarily move to Silicon Valley

What is the application process?

  • Submit an application
  • Initial phone screening
  • In-person interview (or video call if remote)
  • Decision within 2 weeks after the interview

Does the team need to relocate to each location?

For the acceleration period, we strongly encourage teams to move to the respective region.

How do you evaluate a project?

Factors include, but are not limited to: blockchain & token use case, strength of team, product development, and market opportunity.

Are there specific verticals that ICX Station focuses on?

No, we do not have a specific focus. We like projects that are working on ideas that can be adopted in the real world while understanding the current capabilities of blockchain.

What is your relationship to the ICON Foundation?

ICX Station is a separate entity from the ICON Foundation with the goal of growing the ICON Ecosystem. The ICON Foundation invests in projects coming through ICX Station but does not have any direct management of ICX Station.