Blockchain Startups Demo Day

More than 100 people joined our first Demo Day, to find out what 5 of Europe’s most promising blockchain startups have been working in the last 6 months

On 29 October, 3pm CET (Brussels time), the top 5 startups from BlockStart’s first acceleration programme presented their MVPs and the pilots they’ve implemented in end-user SMEs. 

In addition to the pitch presentations, participants learned from the personal experience of Max Lautenschläger, Co-Founder and COO of Iconic Holding, a global crypto asset manager and blockchain VC. What areas and industries are already getting disrupted and what key players are already building on blockchain? How can startups benefit from one of the major future trends and where can you get funding as a blockchain startup? These and other pressing themes were addressed by our keynote speaker.

Finally, BlockStart shared a research on which sectors may benefit the most from blockchain and an intuitive tool that allows any company to quickly understand if it should consider blockchain.

The online event was also streamlined in BlockStart’s Facebook page.

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15:00 – 15:05  Welcome | Nadine Teles, F6S
15:05 – 15:15 1  Year of BlockStart | Benjamin Junior, Bright Pixel
15:15 – 15:55  Keynote speech on “The Current State of Blockchain Adoption” | Max Lautenschläger , Iconic Holding 
15:55 – 16:25  Blockchain startups pitch | 2bSmart and Datarella
16:25 – 16:35 Are you ready for blockchain? | Vytautas Černiauskas, CIVITTA
16:35 – 17:20  Blockchain startups pitch | Infidia, Kedeon and
17:20 – 17:30  Wrap-up and takeaways | João Fernandes, Bright Pixel

Meet our startups


Our keynote speaker

Max Lautenschläger, Co-Founder, Managing Director and COO of Iconic Holding, a global crypto asset manager and blockchain VC, started his career as a management consultant, where he advised Fortune500 companies from the steel, utility, and retail industry on topics like digitalization, project management and IT integration. He transitioned into Private Equity at an Asset Management group with € 40 Billion assets under management, then joined a fintech company builder, where he built several alternative finance startups from scratch together with the management team. He holds a BA in international management, an MBA, is Harvard educated and completed the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designation. Additionally, he serves on the supervisory board of MLP, Germany’s biggest independent financial advisor group and is personally invested into several startups as a business angel.

Iconic Holding (“Iconic”) is a global crypto asset management group headquartered in Frankfurt, Germany with offices in Singapore and New York. Iconic launched Iconic Lab, a crypto and blockchain-focused venture capital group and accelerator program, in early 2017. Iconic Funds, a joint venture of Iconic and Cryptology Asset Group, founded by Christian Angermayer and Mike Novogratz, is issuing a series of crypto asset index investment vehicles via its subsidiaries. Iconic is also the operator of a Multi-Manager platform for external, active crypto asset managers and is the issuer of the ICNQ token.

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