Until 11 March, innovative SMEs willing to adopt blockchain solutions that can help grow their businesses can apply to BlockStart, partner with blockchain developers, and receive up to €3,000 to validate and pilot blockchain solutions
In its 2nd Open Call, BlockStart was looking for seed-, early- and growth-stage blockchain/DLT startups from all over the EU and H2020 Associated Countries. This 3 stage-immersive partnership programme (Ideation Kick-off > Prototype > Pilot) manages a fund of €795,000 aimed at financing blockchain/DLT technologies in the fields of fintech, ICT and retail, with selected startups receiving up to €20,000 equity-free funding per pilot. After an intense selection and evaluation process, the top 10 blockchain/DLT developers have been selected to further develop their Minimum Viable Product (MVP) for the next 4 months, with the support of BlockStart. After this, only 5 will be selected for the programme’s Pilot stage, and partner with innovative SMEs willing to adopt the blockchain-based solutions developed in the scope of the Acceleration Programme.
What do we offer?
One of the main objectives of BlockStart is to encourage collaboration between end-user SMEs and potential blockchain/DLT specialists, as technology providers, and to promote knowledge about the benefits and opportunities of these technologies. This collaboration is of utmost importance in the Pilot stage of BlockStart’s Partnership Programme, where startups will have the chance to test their solutions together with end-user SMEs.
SME adopters will benefit from up to €3,000 equity-free funding and will have the chance to implement blockchain/DLT pilot solutions with BlockStart’s top 10 startups that have gone through the previously described programme.
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How to apply
Any European or H2020 Associated Country SME operating in the fields of fintech, ICT and retail is eligible as a participant and should fill in an online application form at the F6S platform. Deadline for applications is 11 March at 5pm CET (Brussels Time). Eligible SMEs will have the change to implement blockchain pilot solutions together with blockchain/DLT startups, that have gone through the BlockStart programme.
For more information on application criteria and how to apply, you can visit our website, consult our FAQ section and read the Guidelines for Application to ensure you know everything there is to know about BlockStart before applying!
The Pilot stage is expected to take place between April and June 2021.