ZK Advancer is an accelerator program focused on global startups in the blockchain and Web3 space. Run on behalf of Animoca Brands, the vertical aims to identify, mentor, and invest in promising startups shaping the future of Web3 and driving decentralization, as well as considering companies looking to embed Web3 principles into their core business.

The ZK Advancer program strives to identify and foster Web3 innovation in culture, arts, entertainment, gaming, financial services, data management, decentralized finance (DeFi) and other related fields. High-potential early-stage projects and startups from around the world that are accepted into the program will receive training, mentorship, a launchpad, access to a wide network of Web3 partners, and monetary investment of US$250,000.


guaranteed Funding



Who we're looking for

ZK Advancer is aimed at digitizing and growing all areas of blockchain


Digitalization of offline economies; accelerating intellectual property (IP) transition to Web3; fostering Web3-native IP; and leveraging technology to scale the traditional arts, film, music, and edutainment industries.

Digital Entertainment

Sustainable Play-and-Earn models, metaverse experiences, content creation and new experiences, GameFi, and infrastructure that includes interoperable chains to integrate with existing game engines.

Web3 Technologies

New consensus mechanisms, roll-ups, bridges, and multi-chains scaling and improving existing chain infrastructure, DeFi protocols, and data aggregator.

How startups benefit

A Proven Framework

Learn the skills to succeed, based on our experience funding 200+ startups from 37 countries over the past eight years

Mentorship & Guidance

Receive one-on-one feedback and actionable advice from experienced founders and investors

Funding Opportunities

Get support on vetting your idea, polishing your pitch, and arranging pitch opportunities with investors

Lifetime Access & Ongoing Support

Benefit from lifetime access to the Brinc global network and ongoing support as you continue to build and grow your business after the program ends

Curriculum highlights

  • Identify your customer base and profile
  • Get product strategy support and mentorship
  • Develop a clear messaging and branding strategy
  • Understand what key business metrics best communicate progress
  • Develop meaningful partnerships and connections with mentors 
  • Build a network of potential customers/users, as well as media, corporate, and investor contacts
  • Formulate a viable fundraising strategy and related assets to maximize odds of success
  • Meet pre-vetted investors within Brinc’s global network

What to expect

Our Offer

Investment Ticket: US$250,000

Program Equity Alignment: 5% Equity for Animoca Brands, 2% for Brinc

Token: 3% Token Grant

Please note

  • The course fee is US$40,000, which is payable upon completion and can be deducted from the investment amount
  • Applicants can be based anywhere, as the course is remote
  • Startups should have at least two co-founders
  • Startups must belong to one of the aforementioned categories
  • Startups should be able to clearly present a viable roadmap for their project/technology
  • Applications for the upcoming spring cohort close on December 30th, 2022
  • The next program starts in April 2023

Program Requirements

  • Accepted startups will need to pay a participation fee for the acceleration program, which can be deducted from our investment amount.
  • The program is 100% online and remote. 

Ready to apply?

Applications are now open until December 30th, 2022!

select mentors

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Hristo Piyankov

Lead Economist, FinDaS Ltd
James Ho_500x500

James Ho

Head of Ventures, Animoca Brands
Phil Ingram_500x500

Phil Ingram

CEO, Super Ultra

Luna Javier

Co-founder & Creative Director, Altitude Games
Victoria Feng

Victoria Feng

Program Director, BitMart



Scott Bunny

Head of Strategic Partnership,

Pavel Bains

CEO & Co-founder, Bluzelle
Henry Chong

Henry Chong

CEO at Fusang

Chris Gonsalves

Co-Founder and CEO,

Luna Javier

Co-founder & Creative Director, Altitude Games

Eugene Yi

Vice President of Creative Development & Strategy, Kuku Studios
Nicola Eliot

Nicola Eliot

Founder at Uncommon, Vice President, BBC StoryWorks (APAC) at BBC
Carmen Taubman

Carmen Taubman

Founder, Community Coach
Victoria Feng

Victoria Feng

BD Director, BitMart Exchange Co-Founder, xDemic
Steven Bryson-Haynes

Steven Bryson-Haynes

VP Business Development - NFT & GAMING,
Polygon Studios
Alex So

Alex So

Group Managing Partner, FastLane Group

Joichi Ito

Partner, Neoteny
Patrick Lee

Patrick Lee

Co-Founder & Managing Partner at PKO Investments, Co-Founder & founding CEO at Rotten Tomatoes
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Hristo Piyankov

Chief Crypto Economist at FinDas Limited

Ana Maury Aguliar

VC Investor at AC Ventures
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Jamie Lewin

Managing Partner & Chief Strategy Officer at Mana Partners
Matthew Zatto

Matthew Zatto

Chief Commercial Officer at Mana Partners
Michael Witz

Michael Witz

Founder and CEO at Redemption Games
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Oscar Tan

Chief Financial Officer and Chief Legal Officer at Enjin
Jomo Filart (1)

Jomo Filart

Investment Associate at Enjin
Julio Orr

Julio Orr

Co-founder & CEO,
Kuleen Nimkar

Kuleen Nimkar

BD / Gaming, Solana Labs
Babu SK

Babu SK

Founding Partner, True Global Ventures

Edwin Lee

Program Operations, Brinc
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Joe Jordan

Analyst at Supernode
Oli Strong

Oli Strong

Investment Associate at Supernode
Wynn Wu

Wynn Wu

Co-founder / VP / Ex Head of Product at Playstudios Asia
Rhod Needham

Rhod Needham

Co-Founder at Halo Impact
Andy Wong (1)

Andy Wong

Head of Innovation and Technology at InvestHK
Kasper Jao

Kasper Jao

Investment Director at AVATAR (Avalanche Asia Star Fund)
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Martin Hebert

Head of Security Sales and Strategy at RapidSOS



Annabelle Huang

Partner, Amber Group

Gwendolyn Regina

Investment Director, Binance Smart Chain Fund
Justin Kung

Justin Kung

Founder, Everyday Empathy



Jerome Wong

Co-Founder, Everest Ventures Group (

Edith Yeung

General Partner, Race Capital

Michael Kam

Co-founder, Double Peak

Mia Deng

Partner, Dragonfly Capital

Kelly Choo

Co-founder, ReferReach Partner, True Global Ventures

Cecilia Li

Ecosystem Officer, Mask Network Investor, Formless Capital

Aly Madhavji

Managing Partner, Blockchain Founders Fund

William Deane

Managing Director, Exto Partners & B3V Fund

Peter Hammond

Director & Co-founder, Exto Partners & B3V Fund
Adam Haklili

Adam Haklili

Managing Partner, WWVentures
Tooraj Arvajeh

Tooraj Arvajeh

CEO & Co-founder, Perl Street

Karena Belin

Co-founder & CEO, WHub Co-founder & COO/CFO/RO, AngelHub
Daniel Dal Bello

Daniel Dal Bello

Founder & Director, Hillrise Group
Charles Solomon

Charles Solomon

Managing Partner, Centripetal Advisors

TJ Kawamura

Republic Crypto
Kelvin Koh -Spartan

Kelvin Koh

Co-founder & Partner, CIO of Spartan Capital
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Yida Gao

Managing General Partner, Shima Capital
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Timothy Enneking

Founder & Principal, Digital Capital Management


Vice President, GGV Capital
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Sungjoon Park

US Investments, Z Venture Capital

Entrepreneur IN RESIDENCE

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Leon Kyoungnam Kim

Founder, CrayonDao

Ready to apply?

Applications are now open until December 30th, 2022!