National HBCU Blockchain and FinTech Innovation

Since 2020, the National FinTech Center awarded dozens of Innovation Grants to HBCUs and continued a collaboration with the University of the Virgin Islands and Simba Chain to create a Farm to Table Application of Blockchain Technology. These projects and the HBCU Students Inform the Block Video Competition all reported on the results of their work at The National FinTech Center’s annual conferences. Each of these projects had an impact on the students and faculty creating a ripple effect of influencing many students to learn more and pursue career and entrepreneurship opportunities in the field. Faculty members developed projects, including but not limited to, blockchain clubs, think tanks, a campus token, a pitch competition, a game development hackathon, and training sessions for students in blockchain development.

Funded Innovation Projects 

Title University
Turning Blockchain Ideas into Commercially Profitable Products Alabama A&M University
Alabama State University Blockchain Think Tank Alabama State University
Blockchain Workshops-On-The-Go Florida A&M University
An Educational Blockchain Newsletter to Engage Students in FinTech Huston-Tillotson University
Advancing Awareness and Engagement…Blockchain FinTech Club Southern University and A&M College
GameOn!!!: Increasing Knowledge…Educational Game Development Spelman College
2021 LET US Academy Tuskegee University
Xavier University Crypto on Campus (XUCC) Xavier University of Louisiana
Hacking the Chain: Crypto and FintechTech —A New Approach for CAU Clark Atlanta University
A Technical Skill Build Workshop on “Blockchain for Engineering and Computer Science Applications” Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU)
Blockchain Competition Huston-Tillotson University
Blockchain Business Model Innovation Sprint Workshop Morehouse College
Establishing a Student-led Blockchain Club and Block-a-thon Norfolk State University
Blockchain Symposium at North Carolina A&T State University North Carolina A&T State University
Increasing Knowledge of Blockchain and Financial Technology for Minority Women Students to Create Job Opportunities and Entrepreneurial Ventures Spelman College
The Blockchain Learner Podcast: A FinTech Educational Podcast Stillman College
Emerald Archipelago University of the Virgin Islands
2022 Tuskegee University Let Us Academy Blockchain Expansion Tuskegee University
Engaging Students and Faculty in Blockchain and Financial Technology Through Seminars and Certifications Southern University and A&M College
Morgan State University Blockchain Awareness Grant Kentucky State University
Demystifying Cryptocurency- Challenges and Rewards Edward Waters University
Leveraging HBCUs and Blockchain To Create Modular Economic Empowerment Epicenters Stillman College
Crossing the Chasm @ XULA: NFTs on Campus Xavier University of Louisiana
HBCU Students Inform the Block Alabama State University

Alabama State University

Alabama A&M University

Florida A&M University

Labs 2021

Tuskegee University

Recordings 2021

Huston-Tillotson University