Blockchain Partnership Programme

Business ideas are easy, piloting is what matters.

We are helping blockchain/ DLT startups & SMEs to introduce their solutions to the market, bringing impact at scale.

You’ll receive up to €20,000 to fine-tune your solution and implement commercial pilots with innovative SMEs (adopters). Our focus: fintech, ICT, and retail.

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Up to €20,000 equity free in cash, plus the opportunity to pilot in real life and
with real users

BlockStart supports blockchain/ DLT startups & developers with big ideas and the passion to make them happen. Over an agile piloting program we’ll help you fine-tune, test and demo your solution with innovative SMEs (adopters) willing to approach blockchain & other DLTs.

Along the way, we provide you with a streamlined access to strategic partners, industry experts, top-tier customers and follow-on investors.

Equity Free Funding

€795,000 in total, plus access to training, growth support services and additional resources

Market Validation

A 3-stage immersive program (Ideation Kick-off > Prototype > Pilot), with a customized curriculum, covering everything from prototype, testing, demonstration, and pilot

Network & Community

Access to clients and potential investors, plus hands-on mentoring from a world-class community of experts/ advisors

Our Main Focus




Open Call #2 Timeline

Are you the right ‘fit’?

(TLDR: not just blockchain companies) The accepted applicants for BlockStart Open Call #2 have to be innovators or technological startups/ SMEs developing a use-case for an end-user SME based on blockchain and other DLTs.

Is it something for you? Definitively if you can tick the following 3 boxes:

  • registered as a company that complies with the Commission Recommendation for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) 2003/361/EC*;
  • located in EU and H2020 associated countries;
  • able to develop solutions to the following sectors: fintech, ICT and retail.

*When there is not a constituted SME, the applicants could be an individual or a group legally established in a H2020 eligible country, with a written commitment to set up a legal SME if selected to the “Ideation Kick-off” phase.

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Tailored support & advice

We’re looking for seed-, early-, growth-stage startups and SMEs. Our focus is blockchain and other DLTs. We’ll match you with end-user SMEs across fintech, ICT, retail. And that’s not all. You’ll have a direct access to a hand-picked community of  investors, subject matter experts, and founders.

No strings attached

BlockStart is fully supported by the European Commission. Hence, we do not charge fees, nor do we take any equity. Our mission is to discover and back Europe’s most talented blockchain/ DLT innovators, help them implement their solutions in real-world commercial pilots and attract follow-on investment.

Hassle-free application experience

We understand your time is precious. Therefore, we developed a streamlined application process with limited paperwork, quick approval, and milestone-based funding. Applying to BlockStart should be as fruitful and productive as participating.

If you don’t succeed at first…

BlockStart will launch three Open Calls. If you’re not accepted to this one, you may apply again in the next round. Feel free to reach out via F6S in case of any doubts. We’re always on the lookout for innovative, ambitious founders keen to be the next blockchain disruptors.

Next SME Adopters Open Call cut-off March 11th, 5pm CET (Brussels time)

If you are an End-user SME, don’t miss the chance to work with cutting edge blockchain/ DLT developers!

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