The Ideation Kick-off event and the announcement of the top 10 developers entering the ‘Prototype’ stage was held on March 26. After an intensive day of pitching, the jury had to choose 10 applicants, out of the 20 developers pre-selected.
On March 26, 2020, BlockStart announced the ten developers chosen to be part of the first batch of our acceleration program focused on fintech, ICT, and retail and backed by the European Commission.
And so the journey begins! Announcing the Ideation kick-off winners⚡Thank you all for participating & stay tuned for our upcoming news!
— BlockStart (@BlockStartEU) March 26, 2020
The first cohort is made up of blockchain/ DLT developers from across Europe, specialized in different segments such as insurtech, payments, and more. The developers that will be part of the first batch of BlockStart are:
- 2bSmart Tilburg, The Netherlands
- BrightHabitat Novi Sad, Serbia
- CROPT Novi Sad, Serbia
- Datarella Munich, Germany
- EuroLedger Solutions Brașov, Romania
- InfidApp Skopje, North Macedonia
- Inova Heidelberg, Germany
- Kedeon Riga, Latvia
- REXS.IO Gdańsk, Poland
- Xylene Reutlingen, Germany
The selection was the result of an exhaustive application process, searching and tracking over the last several months for the best blockchain/ DLT developers and a rigorous evaluation process that ended with the Ideation Kick-off event.
Out of 90 applications, the 20 most competitive developers were selected to participate at the Ideation Kick-off. The event was held online in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. It brought together our bright portfolio, the jury, members of the BlockStart consortium and our prestigious panel of 10 SMEs adopters from all over Europe.
After the pitching session, developers had the chance to meet the potential end-users in individual one-to-one meetings.
What happens next?
The BlockStart acceleration program is divided into three progressive sprints, in which only the best developers pass to the next stage: ‘Ideation Kick-off’, ‘Prototype’, ‘Pilot’.
The 10 selected developers will now have an immediate opportunity to develop, scale and test their solutions in a live environment, while also backed and supported by BlockStart mentors and experts.
Stay in touch and follow up
We need to thank all the teams that applied. Our evaluators had a tough time deliberating over so many qualified applications. Missing the cut at the Ideation Kick-off may hurt, but we will be launching another round of applications in the summer of 2020.
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