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EU-Funded Acceleration Project, LEDGER, Offering Support Services and Up to €200okay Equity-Free for Blockchain Data Governance Projects

Pan-European acceleration program for human-centric options LEDGER has kicked off its second open name – geared toward progressive tasks constructing blockchain and different DLT supported options for information governance. 

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So far, the European Commission has invested greater than €80 million in blockchain tasks for societal use. By 2020, the European Commission expects to allocate round €300 million to blockchain initiatives like LEDGER. 

The last 16 chosen groups will entry a Venture Builder programme of 12 months receiving DLT software program assist and coaching, technological and enterprise mentoring and different enabling advantages up to €200.000 equity-free funding.

“Our venture builder will provide mentorship, guidance and direct grants of up to 200.000 euros to each of the 32 projects building decentralised solutions, where citizens retain control over their data”, declared Xabier Chao, Project Coordinator of LEDGER and CIO at FundingBox, firstly of the acceleration mission, whose first cohort of 16 tasks is now already properly underway. 

Applications will probably be accepted till Friday, 31st of January 2020 at 18:00 CET.

Granted by the European Commission (EC) and distributing €three,2 million on this open name,  the programme goals at making information a typical good, owned by residents, the place the wealth created by data-driven platforms is equally distributed. This strategy will lead in the direction of each, a extra open, strong and interoperable Internet and extra supportive social innovation.

LEDGER’s first 16 tasks in July 2019 on the Welcome Bootcamp in Amsterdam 

“We are focusing on 5 verticals: Health, Finance, Collaborative Economy, Public Services, and Energy”, confirmed Géraldine Andrieux, CEO of Blumorpho.

The Strategic Research and Innovation work programme displays the scope and particulars of the tasks the programme is trying for.

“Selected teams will develop a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) where privacy-by-design, openness and data governance are at the core of their value proposition”, identified Jaromil Roio, CTO of dyne.org.

LEDGER promo video (1st Jury day in May  2019)

LEDGER is a part of the EC’s Next Generation Internet initiative, and additionally aligns with European Blockchain Partnership (EBP) goals. 

“The Next Generation Internet initiative will reverse the Internet paradigm and recognise the value of humanity in technology”, stated Roberto Viola, Director-General of the European Commission’s DG Connect throughout the Digital Assembly 2018 in Sofia (Bulgaria).

LEDGER is a consortium led by FundingBox (Poland, Spain and Denmark) in partnership with Dyne (Netherlands) and Blumorpho (France and Germany).

LEDGER ensures information sovereignty and eliminates the focus of knowledge in a number of proprietary platforms by accelerating 32 bottom-up experiments on human-centric values (privacy-by-design, reliability, trustworthiness and openness as core values) and 6 verticals (Health, Finance, Media, Public Services and Energy plus a generic one ‘Open Disruptive Innovation). The mission hopes to overcome non-technological (admin burden, looking out prices, the bias in grant distribution, lack of use circumstances, consumer consciousness, entry to finance, lock-in, entrepreneurial discovery and regulation hole) and technological obstacles (lack of requirements, lack of playground environments and entry to data).
LEDGER ́s structure depends in mission-oriented, market pull, entrepreneurial discovery, good funding and open- expertise.
LEDGER will construct on EC tasks associated to information governance: DECODE, D-CENT and PIE NEWS. 400 groups will probably be activated to develop the most effective functions that can run via a Minimum Viable Product Builder together with mentoring and entry to the Distributed Ledger Technology from DEVUAN.org.
Up to 200okay euros for the most effective groups will get startups prepared for Venture Capital, pre-Initial Coin Offering and/or crowdfunding. LEDGER companions full the group constructing, discovery, tech switch and sustainability cycle. FundingBox – European chief in Financial Support to Third Parties will appeal to startups from its 15.000 members platform. DYNE will carry researchers and builders from its 10.000 members. Blumorpho will interact Researchers (7.200), Entrepreneurs (7.400) and traders (800) to assure sustainability. Linking with different ecosystems provides to 110.000 folks incl. 60% of potential Human Centric Innovators. 80 evaluators and 40 State-of-the-Art specialists will develop various fashions that protect wealth created by data-driven platforms which can be equally distributed.

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LEDGER’s aim is to remodel Europe into the world-leading human-centric and information sovereign Entrepreneurial Union.

About Richard Kastelein

Founder and writer of trade publication Blockchain News (EST 2015), a associate at ICO providers collective Token.Agency ($750m+ and 90+ ICOs and STOs), director of training firm Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) – Vancouver native Richard Kastelein is an award-winning writer, innovation government and entrepreneur. He sits on the advisory boards of some two dozen Blockchain startups and has written over 1500 articles on Blockchain expertise and startups at Blockchain News and has additionally printed pioneering articles on ICOs in Harvard Business Review and Venturebeat. Irish Tech News put him within the prime 10 Token Architects in Europe.

Kastelein has an Ad Honorem – Honorary Ph.D. and is Chair Professor of Blockchain at China’s first Blockchain University in Nanchang on the Jiangxi Ahead Institute of Software and Technology. In 2018 he was invited to and attended University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School for Business Automation four.zero programme.  Over a half a decade expertise judging and rewarding some 1000+ innovation tasks as an EU knowledgeable for the European Commission’s SME Instrument programme as a startup assessor and as a startup choose for the UK authorities’s Innovate UK division.

Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain expertise in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Dubai, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Groningen, the Hague, Helsinki, London (5x), Manchester, Minsk, Nairobi, Nanchang, Prague, San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Clara (2x), Shanghai, Singapore (3x), Tel Aviv, Utrecht, Venice, Visakhapatnam, Zwolle and Zurich.

He is a Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Métis) whose writing profession has ranged from the Canadian Native Press (Arctic) to the Caribbean & Europe. He’s written sometimes for Harvard Business Review, Wired, Venturebeat, The Guardian and Virgin.com, and his work and concepts have been translated into Dutch, Greek, Polish, German and French. A journalist by commerce, an entrepreneur and adventurer at coronary heart, Kastelein’s skilled profession has ranged from political publishing to TV expertise, boatbuilding to judging startups, skippering yachts to advertising and extra as he is travelled for practically 30 years as a Canadian expatriate residing all over the world. In his 20s, he sailed all over the world on small yachts and wrote a collection of journey articles known as, ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Seas’ travelling by hitching rides on yachts (1989) in main journey and yachting publications. He at present lives in Groningen, Netherlands the place he is elevating three teenage daughters along with his spouse and crusing associate, Wieke Beenen.

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