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UMD business school filling second cohort of Blockchain Business Imperative

The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business is accepting registrations for the next cohort of its Blockchain Business Imperative.

The six-week synchronous online certificate program starts again July 11 as it focuses on blockchain technology and its potential economic impact across industries.

The program, which launched in January, is designed to help leaders identify how blockchain technology can enable them to innovate and drive growth in their businesses.

The Blockchain Business Imperative further is designed to help participants understand how to conduct business with blockchain technology to the benefit of customers and partners and avoid creating large-scale inequities.

Over its six weeks the program covers economic inefficiencies that blockchain will impact, an overview of foundational blockchain technologies, a conceptual understanding of blockchain, implementation details for Bitcoin, Ethereum and Hyperledger, exploration of various blockchain business applications including NFTs, DeFi, CBDC and potential opportunities and challenges stemming from blockchain

BBI participants will also have an opportunity to put theory into practice by applying for Maryland Smith’s Blockchain Accelerator. The 60-day accelerator program assists companies in creating a prototype and a business case for their blockchain based solution. The accelerator provides business and technical mentorship and access to the FounderTrac virtual accelerator platform.

Participants completing the Blockchain Business Imperative receive a UMD professional digital certificate and 3.3 continuing education credits, as well as a Credly digital badge.

Registration for the program is available with discounts for current UMD, College Park students, UMD system school alumni, Big Ten Conference school alumni, organizations with multiple registrations and active military and veterans.

For more information, register for an upcoming information session.