QUINCY — A Quincy-based startup incubator has been chosen as the first grant recipient under the state’s Technology & Innovation Ecosystem Awards program and will receive nearly $2 million to help foster growth in blockchain technology.
Qubic Labs was recently granted $1,961,375 from the Baker-Polito administration to provide startups with access to hardware and custom software development tool kits developed by Boston-based Algorand. QUBIC will work with Algorand and other partners to develop the platform, helping grow blockchain companies from early-stage research to scaling their business and creating jobs.
Ward 3 City Councilor Cain and John O’Keefe launched Qubic Labs, a startup incubator in downtown Quincy, in the summer of 2020. The goal is to find, grow and invest in promising finance, government and civic technology, Cain said, ultimately creating jobs in Quincy and throughout the region.
“The commonwealth’s investment is a clear and necessary indicator for the blockchain industry that Massachusetts intends to be supportive of this emerging sector,” Cain and O’Keeffe said in a joint statement. “There is tremendous excitement, optimism, and…