https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?vGvxgMy1ys94 The early days of a startup are critical because that\u2019s when it has to define its market and produce its first product. Blockchain businesses are no different from others and all new businesses could do with a little help at that stage of their development\u2014which is why startup incubators exist. Now there are incubators specially for blockchain startups. State Zero Labs, a London-based organisation, has just completed its first 13-week programme for seven blockchain businesses. It ended with a Demo Day, a kind of graduation ceremony in which the companies were invited to celebrate together and to present their work to an audience of potential staff members, business partners and investors. Tazz Gault, co-founder of State Zero Labs, said the programme had succeeded in accelerating the development of the companies and educated their founders by connecting them with over 90 mentors, and offering them 32 workshops: \u201cIt\u2019s been absolutely phenomenal to see their unbelievable growth.\u201d Tazz says the emphasis in the startup ideas has been on \u201csolving a genuine business problem.\u201d Blockchain is essential to all the ideas that were selected but the State Zero approach is not to \u201clead with technology.\u201d Half the applicants to the programme were using \u201ctech for good,\u201d Tazz says\u2014meaning the ideas are philanthropic or contributing to corporate social responsibility. One of those ideas is MyResonance, which issues digital tokens to reward people for doing good things while they\u2019re at work\u2014specific actions that the company wants to support such as cycling or walking to the office. The tokens can then be \u2018spent\u2019 by the recipient on other desirable actions, such as giving the money to charity. The tokens are underwritten by the company and, as co-founder Luke Baker explained, MyResonance will integrate with business applications like Slack to create \u201ca digital recognition system for the workplace.\u201d One business that wants to support a more physical sector of the economy is eTEU, which, as CEO Eduard Oboimov explained, is \u201cdeveloping a blockchain-based platform to enable paperless trade facilitation in maritime logistics.\u201d In other words, they\u2019re creating a blockchain alternative to the complicated documentation that\u2019s currently required in the supply chain through which goods are traded across the sea. Focusing on making life easier for small businesses, Deputi.ai wants to use AI and blockchain to automate regular admin tasks and take away \u201cthe anxiety of being tripped up by filing deadlines, lost contacts, accounting standards and learning the hard way.\u201d As co-founder Lexa Hunt said, the software will use AI to \u201ctake your documents and extract all the key information ...and make sure that the right people are told to do the right things at the right time.\u201d If you have ideas for a blockchain business, there's much to learn from the experience of these programme participants. And you could apply to State Zero Labs to take part in their next programme. But if you can't wait until the autumn, and have Bitcoin or blockchain ideas, why not take part in the Bitcoin SV Virtual Hackathon, and perhaps win yourself some money and a trip to the CoinGeek scaling conference in Toronto? Listen to this week\u2019s CoinGeek Conversations podcast for more about the State Zero Labs Demo Day or watch on Youtube. \u00a0 And please subscribe to CoinGeek Conversations \u2013 this is episode 15 of a weekly podcast series. Just search for \u201cCoinGeek Conversations\u201d wherever you get your podcasts, subscribe on iTunes, listen on Spotify or visit the CoinGeek Conversations website.