Today we’re excited to announce a new partnership with Protocol Labs aimed to support leading blockchain ventures and startups through Consensys Scale (formerly Consensys Startup Program). Builders in the Scale program now have access to Protocol Labs’ experience in supporting hundreds of founders in their entrepreneurial journey.

Protocol Labs has a commendable track record of incubating and supporting hundreds of founders in raising more than $1B in external capital, including their early investment in Consensys that serves as a testament to our enduring partnership. This history of success also encompasses notable achievements in previous accelerator programs in the Ethereum ecosystem including, TachyonX, which Protocol Labs supported as part of ConsenSys Mesh

“We will continue to provide direct access to Linea, our zK-EVM L2 chain, developer tools like MetaMask Snaps, and APIs to over 10 blockchain networks with Infura," said Alex Greinacher, Head of the Scale StartupProgram at Consensys. "Supporting startups also means integrating top-tier ecosystem partners like Protocol Labs who are leaders in their field."

About the Consensys Scale Startup Program

Launched in 2022, the Consensys Scale Startup program's primary objective is to offer an all-access pass to ten leading, funded ventures every quarter, enabling them to build with MetaMask, Infura, and Linea, while also providing vital technical support, access to co-marketing opportunities, workshops, funding resources, and an extensive range of ecosystem benefits. 

The Scale program, spanning 24 months, is tailored for dapps and blockchain companies between Seed and Series A funding stages. Participants are expected to have a fully operational team, institutional funding, and an initial product-market fit.

"Providing  founders with expert guidance and access to best in class storage and compute will give startups key tools to flourish in this ever-evolving industry. Consensys and Protocol Labs’ partnership runs deep: we have not only co-created protocols but our multiple partnerships have already created leading startups. We look forward to bringing this shared history of success to Scale and continue to improve humanity’s technology set,” said Ruben Amenyogbo, Partner at Protocol Labs Builders Fund about joining the program. 

Stemming from this collaboration Protocol Labs will offer products, technical expertise, potential funding, and exclusive invitations to its founders community to Scale members. Teams will also benefit from the opportunity to incorporate Filecoin and IPFS, the fundamental elements of web3 infrastructure, as well as solutions like NFT.Storage Pro and Web3.Storage Pro, as integral components of their journey.

Startup success stories from the Consensys Scale program

Blockfence is a web3 proactive risk and threat mapping startup who has been part of the Scale program since November 2022. The team also created one of the first approved MetaMask Snaps. 

Today the Blockfence Snap provides transaction security to MetaMask users, web3’s leading wallet that surpassed 100 million users in 2022. The security startup will continue to receive comprehensive support from an encompassing web3 product suite due to this fruitful partnership. Blockfence has flourished in the Scale program having employed Infura as their node provider and will soon deploy Linea as their L2 of choice. 

Funded web3 ventures with a functional team and product-market-fit can learn more about this program via and are invited to partake in the Consensys Scale Program by using the template provided or emailing [email protected].