Since the early beginnings in 2008, blockchain has matured into a technology solution that many startups these days implement in their business model. With the objective of putting exciting blockchain-based startups from across Europe in the spotlight, we partnered up with the Frankfurt School Blockchain Center, to organise the first edition of the Blockchain Startups Summit, which happened yesterday with over 200 startup enthusiasts, blockchain experts, investors and corporates in Frankfurt.
The event gathered renown blockchain experts like Vanessa Grellet from ConsenSys or Marjan Delatinne from Ripple, who were sharing their opinion on how traditional industries and the status quo will be disrupted by the blockchain technology and which are the key opportunities for startups. Hot topics like the future of funding were also discussed – taking a deeper look at whether blockchain startups might/should go for traditional VC funding or ICOs.
On top of that, yesterday’s event also showcased an exciting pitch competition with 10 of Europe’s hottest blockchain-based startups – which got the opportunity to present their business model and technology to an interested audience of blockchain enthusiasts and eventually win an attractive prize package worth €12,000. The price package includes:
- €8,500 in Credits for the explainer video creation services from mysimpleshow
- €2,564 in value for one-year usage of SendGrid’s Accelerate Program – (one year of free sending with the (SendGrid Pro 300K Plan, storage of 52k contacts in Marketing Campaigns, and a 6-month starter package with Loader.io).
- €936 in Credits for the EU-Startups Job Board
According to the jury, it was a tough decision, since there were many other strong startups that took part in the competition, but in the end, it was the Dresden-based startup evan.network which won the competition and took home the prize package.
evan.network is an open blockchain ecosystem which provides companies in almost every industry the ability to share data and cooperate in a decentralized and secure way. It is probably the first open blockchain ecosystem which is compliant to European data privacy standards. evan.network paves the way for future-orientated business models in which the sovereignty over data and the fexible cooperation between partners are crucial to success. The open source technology behind the evan.network also builds the foundation for future-orientated business models in the area of the Industrial Internet of things (IIoT).
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