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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.

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.