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Blockchain: Latest trends, myths and things you might not know

On the 9th of June, BlockStart organized a Webinar on blockchain latest trends, myths and things people might still not know about this technology and its applicability.

While some people stress blockchain’s disruptive potential, others remain somewhat more skeptical. But what is blockchain all about? We have compiled a list of presentations of the things you should know about this relatively new technology.

Andrius Bartminas – founder at Superhow, delivered a presentation about blockchain and 10 interesting facts about the technology. Mirko Lorenz – Expert at TruBlo project, Innovation Manager at Deutsche Welle, introduced unexpected areas of Blockchain application. Silvan Jongerius – Expert at B-Hub for Europe project, talked about blockchain regulation and explained the bittersweet relationship between blockchain and GDPR. Baptiste Cota, blockchain VC investor, Founding Partner at LeadBlock Partners, presented blockchain technology trends and gave participants an exclusive opportunity to learn about the findings of the “Enterprise Blockchain 2021” report, which will be officially published later this year. Once learned more about blockchain, Top3 sectors/industries for blockchain were presented by BlockStart project expert Vytautas Černiauskas, from CIVITTA.

For more information, watch the video recording of the session.

How to make sure regulation helps and not hinders blockchain

On the 27th of May, BlockStart organized a Webinar on blockchain technology regulation and how to build the most appropriate regulatory framework which would support sustainable blockchain innovation. This Webinar was co-organized with H2020 Project B-Hub for Europe and Lithuanian Accelerator, Spherik Accelerator.

How to find a balance between encouraging new ideas and fostering innovation and protecting consumer rights and ensuring prevention of bad acts? How to make sure regulation helps and not interferes with the development of blockchain-based solutions? What are the current initiatives, projects, successful pilots? Can effective communication and consultations between governments, technologists, and the broader community enable all parties to better understand the interests and concerns of blockchain development and the impact of such technology more broadly? These were some of the questions our experts tried to answer in the one and a half hours panel discussion.

For more information, read the event’s blogpost or watch the video recording of the session.

BlockStart Open Call #3: 2ndWebinar & Q&A

In this Webinar, Nadine Teles and João Fernandes, part of the team behind BlockStart, presented BlockStart’s Acceleration Programme and the guidelines and procedures when applying for its Open Call #3, the final one. They showed the steps future applicants should take to apply and tips to choose the right track, based on lessons learned from Open Call #1 and #2.

Former alumni from BlockStart’s 1st Pilot stage – Datarella, startup developer, and Go Limpets, SME adopter of blockchain technology – were also invited to provide their testimonials of what is like to be part of the teams selected and how their companies have grown with the programme. Philipp Kothe, Blockchain Architect at  Datarella, spoke about Datarella’s blockchain solution development in BlockStart and how they were able to achieve all technology and business goals and KPIs during their acceleration process. Vitor Vieira, Co-founder of Go Limpets, also provided a very interesting feedback on their experience in the programme as an SME adopter and very insightful tips on how we should look at the power of data and data trust nowadays.

At the end of the Webinar, there was time for Q&A, and several future applicants’ questions were answered. As this will be BlockStart’s last Open Call, preparation is key when applying to our Acceleration Programme, as this will be blockchain startups and end-user SMEs willing to implement blockchain last chance to apply!

For more information, read our blogpost and watch the Webinar’s video recording.

Exploring Blockchain Ecosystem: Collaboration Between Startups and SMEs

On the 28th of April, BlockStart organized a Webinar that promoted startups and SMEs collaboration. The experience shared by BlockStart startups Kedeon and Rexs.io brought great insights and recommendations for other startups – blockchain developers – and SMEs – blockchain adopters. Throughout the webinar, Industry experts shared their thoughts on the topic: Richard Crook, Founder and CEO of LAB577 and Mirko Lorenz, Expert at H2020 blockchain project NGI TruBlo, as well as SME adopter Latitudo40, which worked with Rexs.io to implement their blockchain solution.

For more information, read our blogpost and watch the video recording of the session.

EU Startups Summit

BlockStart partnered with the EU Startups Summit and organized a workshop on 30 April at 10:30pm CET entitled “BlockStart: accelerating & funding blockchain startups” on the amazing opportunities to blockchain startups provided by the launching of our 3rd and final Open Call #3. This workshops was held by BlockStart’s Project Coordinator, João Fernandes, who presented BlockStart and the perks of participating at our acceleration programme, Mirko Kikovic, CEO and Co-founder of Infidia and Agata Kukwa, Head of Communication of Rexs.io, BlockStart alumnies from our 1st blockchain acceleration programme. They have provided their testimonials on their participation at our programme.

For more information, read our blogpost.

How Blockchain Startups Can Secure Government-backed Funding

BlockStart Project Coordinator João Fernandes was invited to participate in another Startup Series Webinar promoted by R3 Venture Development Programme, R3’s gateway for early-stage blockchain startups into its ecosystem of over 400 organizations. The Webinar entitled “How Blockchain Startups Can Secure Government-backed Funding” was held on 20 April at 2pm CET, with a lot of interest from R3 blockchain startups in BlockStart’s Open Call #3.

For more information, read our blogpost and watch R3’s video recording.

European Blockchain Convention

Between 12 and 16 April, BlockStart was present at the European Blockchain Convention (EBC), that was held online this year. The EBC is currently the leading blockchain event in Europe, and every year it invites inspiring keynotes and delivers high-level quality blockchain content through panel discussions and workshops. Everything from regulation and future challenges to new blockchain trends and technologies goes through this event, where one-to-one meetings and networking opportunities bring value to all involved in the European blockchain ecosystem.

On 15 April at 12:30pm CET, BlockStart Project Coordinator João Fernandes and 4 of BlockStart alumni startups – Rexs.io, Kedeon, Infidia and Datarella – have participated in a panel discussion presenting BlockStart Open Call #3 and 3rd blockchain acceleration programme and the perks for future applicants, together with the amazing testimonials from our 4 startups.

For more information, read our blogpost and watch the video recording of our Project Coordinator’s speech and of our startups pitches here.

BlockStart Open Call #3: 1st Webinar & Q&A

In this Webinar, Nadine Teles and João Fernandes, part of the team behind BlockStart, presented BlockStart’s Acceleration Programme and the guidelines and procedures when applying for its Open Call #3, the final one. They showed the steps future applicants should take to apply and tips to choose the right track, based on lessons learned from Open Call #1 and #2.

Former alumni from BlockStart’s 1st Pilot stage – Rexs.io, startup developer, and Latitudo40, SME adopter of blockchain technology – were also invited to provide their testimonials of what is like to be part of the teams selected and how their companies have grown with the programme. Krzysztof Radecki, CEO of Rexs.io, spoke about his journey as a blockchain developer in BlockStart and how our mentors have provided a spot on support to help is company achieve its technology and business goals. Gaetano Volpe and Mauro Manente, CEO and CTO of Latitudo40, also provided a very interesting feedback on their experience in the programme as an SME adopter and very insightful tips on how to overcome some challenges related with the application process and the programme itself.

At the end of the Webinar, there was time for Q&A, where several future applicants’ questions were answered. As this will be BlockStart’s last Open Call, preparation is key when applying to our Acceleration Programme, as this will be blockchain startups and end-user SMEs willing to implement blockchain last chance to apply!

For more information, read our blogpost and watch the Webinar’s video recording.

START Summit

Between 22 and 27 March 2021, BlockStart was present at the START Summit with a dedicated exhibitor so as to promote its Open Call #3 and answer questions from interested startups.

For more information, visit the Summit’s dedicated page.

Webinar: Data Science and Digital Transformation Skills challenges for SMEs

On the 5th of March, between 12pm and 1pm CET (Brussels Time), Benjamin Júnior, Director of Bright Pixel, participated in a Webinar entitled “Data Science and Digital Transformation Skills challenges for SME”, organized by BDV – Big Data Value Association, and provided a keynote speech on “SMEs and Large Company interaction”, where he presented BlockStart and its upcoming Open Call #3.

For more information, visit the Webinar’s dedicated page.

RockIt Coffee Club

On the 29th of January, BlockStart partner CIVITTA co-organized an internal online session at RockIt, the number one space in Lithuania where top fintech innovators, creators and founders build the future of financial technologies, to present the Do You Need Blockchain Assessment Tool to a large audience.

For more information, read our blogpost.

How policy makers can support the digitalization for European SMEs

Working breakfast with the European Parliament, EASME, DG Connect and 3 H2020 blockchain support projects

Hosted by Adriana Maldonado López, MEP member of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) and substitute on the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) and on the Special Committee on Artificial Intelligence in a Digital Age (AIDA), in this session 3 different blockchain acceleration programmes supported by the European Commission were presented – BlockStart, Blockchers and Blockpool – and some success stories regarding the implementation of blockchain technologies in Europe were showcased, through companies Vottun, Vestigia and Datarella.

Also, some challenges and policy recommendations related to the future implementation of Distributed Ledged Technologies in Europe were proposed and the vision of the future of DLTs in Europe was explained by DG Connect and EASME representatives. This online session was a good opportunity to know first-hand the challenges and opportunities linked to the final uptake of these breakthrough technologies.

For more information, read our blogpost.

BlockStart’s 2nd Ideation Kick-off event

Ideation event kick-starts BlockStart’s 2nd Acceleration Programme and selects top 10 DLT/blockchain startups.

On the 26th of November 2020, between 9am and 6pm WET (Lisbon Time), BlockStart organized the project’s 2nd Ideation event, that officially kick-started its Acceleration Programme. This one-day event is the bridge between the online selection of DLT/blockchain developers and the challenges that SMEs face.

The Ideation Kick-off event brought together more than 70 representatives from the previously selected top 20 DLT/blockchain startups of Open Call #2, the 10 selected end-user SMEs (which have applied to BlockStart’s Open Call #2 for end-user SMEs, first cut-off date), BlockStart’s Advisory Board, expert guests in both blockchain and the target sectors, and the consortium members.

For more information, read our blogpost.

Policy Workshop on Regulation of Decentralized Finance (DeFi)

On the 12th of November 2020 at 11h30 CET, BlockStart partner CIVITTA organized an online policy workshop in order to collect feedback from key finance industry players on the potential and challenges of Decentralized Finance (DeFi). The event was co-organized with ROCKIT, the number one space in Lithuania where top fintech innovators, creators and founders build the future of financial technologies.

The objective of the panel discussion was to articulate the emerging trends on the market, focusing on the relevant regulatory instruments that are already in place and areas where regulation is missing regarding decentralized Finance, or DeFi, as it is commonly used. The panelists were challenged to discuss the improvements needed and rethink whether the current framework that is in place to regulate the decentralized market needs to be re-assessed.

The panel discussion was led by Vytautas Černiauskas, expert at CIVITTA and included the following professionals: Audrius Šilgalis, Head of Investment Services of Bank of Lithuania, Oleg Marofejev, Chief Product Owner for Open Banking of Swedbank Lithuania, and Sumit Kishore, Head of Operations at Consensys, a blockchain solution provider.

The participation of a legislator, a traditional financial institution and a blockchain innovator ensured a complementary and inclusiveness of views, making sure that regulator and innovators angles were presented, and providing much needed policy recommendations on this blockchain-related area of Decentralized Finance.

More information on this policy workshop, please read our public Deliverable 5.7 – Policy Recommendations (1st version), take a look at our blogpost and/or at the video recording of the event.

Shaping Europe’s blockchain future: BlockStart startups Demo Day

On October 29, more than 100 viewers joined BlockStart’s Demo Day online event, to hear from our top 5 startups and discuss how to shape Europe’s blockchain future.

On the 29th of October, at 3pm CET (Brussels Time), all eyes were on BlockStart‘s Demo Day online event. Over 100 people joined the streaming of the event, and more than 50 followed the discussion live on BlockStart’s Facebook page. The event was presented by João Fernandes, from Bright Pixel, leader of the BlockStart consortium. Max Lautenschläger, Co-Founder and COO of Iconic Holding, was the keynote speaker, and took over the stage in a passionate speech about what areas and industries are already getting disrupted, what key players are already building on blockchain, how can startups benefit from one of the major trends and where can they get funding as a blockchain startup. Following the keynote, Vytautas Černiauskas, expert at CIVITTA, one of BlockStart’s consortium members, amazed the viewers with the presentation of an exciting qualitative research made in the scope of the project.

Then it was the time everyone was waiting for and it was the moment for BlockStart’s top 5 blockchain startups to shine! 2bSmartDatarella, InfidiaKedeon and Rexs.io pitched their solutions, developed throughout BlockStart’s Acceleration Programme and with the help of the programme’s mentors and experts.

For more information, read our blogpost, watch the Demo Day’s video recording and access the oficial webpage of the event.

Panel discussion on the potential of decentralized finance

On 14 October, BlockStart partnered with Startup Lithuania to promote a much needed discussion on decentralized finance – why will it make a difference and where it is headed.

On the 14th of October, at 1pm CET (Brussels Time), all eyes were on BlockStart’s Panel discussion on the potential of decentralized finance, live on Facebook, organized by CIVITTA in the scope of BlockStart’s programme. This Panel discussion was held in the framework of Startup Fair, an annual and the main international startup ecosystem event in Lithuania.

Our experts, Mr. Martin Quensel, Co-Founder of Centrifuge, Mr. Kel van Schreven, Co-Founder of KR1, and Mr. Marc Zeller, Integrations Lead at Aave discussed how decentralized finance works, what are its benefits and drawbacks, areas of practical application and chances for innovation. This panel was moderated by Vytautas Černiauskas, Expert at Civitta and Startup Division, also member of the BlockStart Team.

For more information, read our blogpost and watch the Webinar’s video recording.

BlockStart Open Call #2: 2nd Webinar & Q&A

In this Webinar, Nadine Teles and João Fernandes, part of the team behind BlockStart, presented the BlockStart Partnership Programme and the guidelines and procedures when applying for its Open Call #2, for those who did not have the chance to participate in the 1st Webinar. They showed the steps future applicants should take to apply and tips to choose the right track, based on lessons learned from Open Call #1.

A company that are currently involved in BlockStart’s Pilot stage – Kedeon – was also invited to provide its testimonial of what is like to be part of the teams selected and how the startup has grown since joining the programme. Reinis Skorovs spoke about his journey as a DLT/blockchain developer in BlockStart, also providing a very interesting feedback on its experience in the programme and very insightful tips on how to overcome some challenges related with the application process and the programme itself.

At the end of the Webinar, there was time for Q&A, where several of the future applicants’ questions were answered.

For more information, read our blogpost and watch the Webinar’s video recording.

BlockStart Open Call #2: Webinar & Q&A

In this Webinar, Nadine Teles and João Fernandes, part of the team behind BlockStart, presented the BlockStart Partnership Programme and the guidelines and procedures when applying for its Open Call #2. They showed the steps future applicants should take to apply and tips to choose the right track, based on lessons learned from Open Call #1.

2 companies that are currently involved in BlockStart’s Pilot stage – Infidia and Leste – were also invited to provide their testimonial of what is like to be part of the teams selected and how their startups have grown since they joined the programme. While Mirko Kikovic, from Infidia, spoke about his journey as a DLT/blockchain developer in BlockStart, Srdjan Tomasevic provided a very interesting feedback on their experience as an end-user SME/adopter, who has now been partnered with Infidia during the Pilot stage of our programme.

At the end of the Webinar, there was time for Q&A, where several of the future applicants’ questions were answered.

For more information, read our blogpost and watch the Webinar’s video recording.

Should I use blockchain? Sector challenges and future trends Webinar

On 9 September 2020, more than 65 viewers joined BlockStart’s online event, to hear from our expert & discuss the current state of blockchain technology.

The Webinar was presented by Vytautas Černiauskas, expert at CIVITTA, with over 13 years of experience in business development, operations, project management, communications and managing startups. For one hour, he delighted the viewers with the presentation of an exciting qualitative research on the status of blockchain technology i.e. where blockchain is successfully applied today, and which sectors would benefit the most from the application of blockchain-based solutions.

For more information, read our blogpost and watch the Webinar’s video recording.

BlockStart’s 1st Ideation Kick-off event

The 1st Ideation Kick-off event and the announcement of the top 10 developers entering the ‘Prototype’ stage of the 1st Acceleration Programme of BlockStart was held on March 26th 2020. After an intensive day of pitching, the jury had to choose 10 applicants, out of the 20 pre-selected developers.

For more information, read our blogpost.

Blockchain Relaunch in Lithuania

On the 9th of March, the Startup Division of CIVITTA, BlockStart partner, has organized a physical event, together with H2020 blockchain projects BlockStart, Block.IS and B-Hub for Europe, to talk about new opportunities for startups, SMEs, corporations, and public institutions in the blockchain sector.

In this events, participants were able to:

  • Get insights about blockchain global trends and valid use cases for SMEs, corporate and government institutions
  • Hear about the opportunity to access 3.6 million EUR in no equity grants for early stage startups
  • Learn about BlockStart’s DLT assessment tool which allows you to understand if your company needs blockchain or not
  • Learn about blockchain training opportunities for traditional companies and government representatives
  • Discuss about blockchain use cases which can be implemented in Lithuania

For more information, visit the event’s dedicated Facebook page.

Webinar and Q&A: from application to evaluation

The webinar was held on Wednesday, February 5 at 11:00 am (CET).

Some topics covered:

  • BlockStart Open Call #1 guidelines & procedures
  • What happens during the 3-stage immersive programme (Ideation Kick-off > Prototype > Pilot)?
  • Learn about our funding opportunities, mentoring & the possibility of making commercial pilots

For more information, read our blogpost and watch the Webinar’s video recording.

BlockStart Boat Pitch & Networking Event

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to do a pitch aboard a boat? That’s exactly what BlockStart came up with and made true.

Bright Pixel and UTRUST teamed up again to connect ambitious DLT/blockchain startups and SMEs with investors, business angels and the tech industry at a unique satellite event during the Web Summit (#websummit2019) in Lisbon, on the 6th of November 2019. The onboarding was a breeze! Top blockchain startups and SMEs had the chance to network while watching challenging pitches taking place during a boat ride on the river Tagus right in front of them.

For more information, read our blogpost.