BlockShow X BlockDown Reveals Startup Connect by Cointelegraph Accelerator and Opening Speaker Lineup

HONG KONG, March 18th 2024 – In a thrilling development, BlockShow X BlockDown (co-organized by Cointelegraph and EAK Digital) is announcing Startup Connect. Startup Connect by Cointelegraph Accelerator, co-organized with, seeks to bring together the most talented startups and investors in the web3 space. Startup Connect is set to unfold at Cyberport, Hong Kong, on May 8-9, 2024, extending the event’s influence and reach within the industry.

BlockShow X BlockDown is also excited to unveil the first six speakers, each a leader within their distinct sectors, spanning NFTs, gaming, investment, and technology.


Welcome to Startup Connect by Cointelegraph Accelerator

Startup Connect by Cointelegraph Accelerator, co-organized with, is a dedicated space engineered to bring together the vibrant startup ecosystem with the financial judgment of venture capital. Startup Connect stands as the event’s pulsing core, created to bridge the gap between innovative startups and seasoned investors. Here, industry players gather to encourage deal flow and accelerate the creativity of the web3 sector into new frontiers. Whether you are a startup on the cusp of breakthrough seeking funding and guidance, or a VC hunting for the next unicorn, Startup Connect is your destination for opportunity and collaboration.

Startup Connect has already attracted a stellar lineup of venture capital firms, including the likes of Cypher Capital, Draper Dragon, OKX Ventures, and Polygon Ventures. These alongside Blockchain Founders Fund, L2IV and Magnus Capital, represent a cross-section of the industry’s most influential and forward-thinking investors. They come prepared to explore the potential of emerging projects and share their expertise and insights, making Startup Connect a hub for strategic growth and partnerships. 

“We designed Startup Connect for all the founders looking to be at the right place at the right time,” underscored Erhan Korhaliller, founder and CEO of EAK Digital and BlockDown Festival. “When the market starts heating up, finding the right investor for your company is hard. We want to assist founders in getting noticed quickly, so they can focus on what they know best: building awesome web3 projects.”

Speakers’ Roster

BlockShow X BlockDown Asia is honored to present the opening lineup for the 2024 conference:

  • David Chaum, CEO of, is a digital privacy and cryptography pioneer. His groundbreaking work has laid the foundation for the secure, private digital transactions that are at the heart of today’s web3 technologies.
  • Robby Young, CEO of Animoca Brands, stands at the forefront of blockchain gaming and digital property rights, leading the charge in creating immersive, blockchain-based gaming experiences that empower players with true ownership.
  • Clement Chia, Co-Founder of Imaginary Ones, merges creativity with technology, innovating at the dynamic intersection of entertainment and NFTs. His vision brings digital art and collectibles to life, engaging communities in unprecedented ways.
  • Ryan Kim, Co-Founder of Hashed, is shaping the future of global blockchain investment. With a keen eye for transformative projects, he’s instrumental in nurturing and funding the next wave of blockchain innovations.
  • Trung Nguyen, CEO and Co-Founder of Axie Infinity, has revolutionized gaming for the digital age. His work has transformed virtual worlds into spaces where users can experience uniquely rewarding interactions, enhancing the depth and value of gaming and digital communities.
  • Laura Shi, Head of International Expansion at Consensys, plays a critical role in driving blockchain adoption across the globe. Her efforts in expanding the reach and understanding of blockchain technologies are pivotal in bridging the gap between traditional industries and the decentralized future.



“Our speakers are the torchbearers of the web3 revolution, each contributing uniquely to the ecosystem,” remarked BlockShow founder Addy Crezee, emphasizing the distinct and pivotal roles each speaker plays within the broader blockchain landscape. “Their participation promises a fusion of ideas that will catalyze growth and innovation in the blockchain world.”

These outstanding speakers, alongside the Startup Connect, underscore BlockShow X BlockDown Asia’s commitment to being a beacon for web3 innovation, education, and collaboration.


What is BlockShow X BlockDown?

BlockShow X BlockDown is a premier web3 and blockchain event, co-organized by Cointelegraph’s BlockShow and EAK Digital’s BlockDown Festival, taking place at Cyberport, Hong Kong, on May 8-9, 2024. It’s an innovative fusion of technology, art, and culture to connect blockchain enthusiasts, industry professionals, and newcomers. The event features a complete program including conferences, workshops, art exhibitions, gaming, and music, designed to showcase blockchain technology while promoting community engagement and entertainment. This annual gathering is the go-to destination for anyone looking to dive deep into the blockchain ecosystem and experience the forefront of web3 innovation.

Tickets for the event are available in various tiers, with early bird prices starting at $290.




About BlockShow 

BlockShow by Cointelegraph is one of the longest-running blockchain events globally. It debuted in Helsinki, Finland, in August 2016, followed by three editions of BlockShow Asia in Singapore (2017, 2018, 2019), two editions of BlockShow Europe in Munich and Berlin, Germany (2017, 2018), and BlockShow Americas in Las Vegas, USA (2018). Additionally, there were two online editions in 2020 in partnership with renowned events like Korea Blockchain Week, San Francisco Blockchain Week, Paris Blockchain Week, and Singapore Fintech Festival.

The conference has welcomed numerous thought leaders, including Ethereum’s Vitalik Buterin, the Winklevoss twins of Gemini, CZ and Yat Siu of Animoca Brands. Iconic figures such as Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales, investment titan Tim Draper, and research leader Thomas Lee have graced BlockShow stages, making it a marquee event for industry insights and foresight.

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About BlockDown Festival

BlockDown is the premier web3 event celebrating the convergence of web3 and culture, including music, fashion, sports, media, gaming, and entertainment. BlockDown provides an environment for networking with industry leaders in a breathtaking setting like no other.

BlockDown Festival emerged in response to the international Covid-19 crisis in the spring of 2020, uniting the blockchain and crypto communities from around the world. The 8th edition, BlockDown Festival: Portugal, was held on the breathtaking Algarve Coast in Portugal. Past guest speakers include Sergey Nazarov, Charles Hoskinson, Akon, Sandeep Nailwal, and Miami Mayor Francis Suarez.

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