LEDGER (DecentraLizEd Data Governance for nExt geneRation internet) is a mission-oriented project promoting alternative models that preserve citizens’ control over the management of their data, where data is a common good owned by citizens and wealth created by data-driven platforms is equally distributed.

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The project, launched in November 2018, aims at shifting data management, leveraging on decentralised technologies and algorithms (such as blockchain, distributed ledger technology (DLT), peer-to-peer technologies, artificial intelligence, internet of things, immersive media and new connective infrastructure as 5G) in 5 pre-selected verticals and one generic strand: #Health #Economy #Mobility #PublicServices #Energy&Sustainability #DisruptiveInnovation

LEDGER supports Research and Innovation projects linked to relevant Vertical Use Cases to develop Minimum Viable Products and services addressing Privacy-by-design, Decentralized Data Governance, reliability, trustworthiness and openness as core human-centric values.
The project builds on Horizon 2020 projects related to data governance such as DECODE, D-CENT and PIE NEWS.

To make its vision reality, LEDGER implemented an ambitious programme consisting of:

  • A mission-oriented Strategic Research and Innovation work programme
  • Pan-European attraction of outstanding research groups, hi-tech start-ups and SMEs
  • Trustable, transparent and unbiased selection of “Human centric innovators”
  • 3 Venture Builder Programs of durations between 6 and 12 months, including equity-free funding, technical and business mentorships, bootcamps, training and demo days.
    An expert researcher in residence to support the selected teams along the full programme.
  • Access to market and support to raise further investment.
  • An experienced Advisory Board composed of key players:

Eva A Kaili

Member of the EU Parlament and Chair of the STOA

Francesca Bria

Project Coordinator of DECODE and Chief Technology Officer at Barcelona Ciutat Digital

Katja Bego

Project Coordinator of NGI-Forward and Senior Research at Nesta

Brook Schofield

GÈANT representative of NGI-Trust

Bob Goudriaan

NL.NET representative of NGI0 Discovery and NGI PET

Dan Hill

Researcher, Innovator in Residence at UCL and member of the Advisory Group of DECODE

Roope Mokka

Demos Helsinki Think Tank

Johannes Mikkonen

Demos Helsinki Think Tank

LEDGER critical path

  1. Advisory Board
  2. Scientific work program
  3. Blockchain implementation
  4. Attract applications to the open call
  5. Select a total of 34 bottom-up experiments via 3 open calls
  6. Venture Builder Programme
  7. MVPs per open calls
  8. Atraction of early adopters
  9. Private Fundraising
    Funding Distribution

Venture Builder Programme Service Description

The beneficiaries were provided with access to technical and non-technical support services and technology, helping them evolve their ideas to MVPs within the framework of LEAN-Startup methodology based Venture Builder Programmes of 6 to 12 month duration.

Each beneficiary received a full package of technical and non- technical services by a ‘Researcher in Residence’, including specialized knowledge in user empowerment, Social Innovation, DLT, Open Software and Hardware, Ethical and privacy issues. Business mentoring towards business plan and fundraising strategy definition and Master Class Training in business management and fundraising.

Supported by the Next Generation Internet

LEDGER Consortium

LEDGER Consortium is led by FundingBox (Poland, Spain and Denmark) in partnership with Dyne (Netherlands) and Blumorpho (France and Germany).


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LEDGER Supportive Partners

Connected Car

Connected Car

Connected Car, funded by INNOSUP Initiative aims at creating value link-chains for innovation in the Connected Car OpenSpace. To this end, the project will distribute € 2.1 million funding, equity free, through open calls & awards.



Telefonica Open Innovation

Telefonica Open Innovation

Telefónica Open Innovation is the global area of Telefónica designed to connect entrepreneurs, start-ups, investors and partners from all around the globe to capture innovation and business opportunities.



bottish association

bottish association

Established to build the world’s leading AI and blockchain technologies eco system. We support and connect startups and enterprises through our well known digital conference, identify projects across verticals by organizing executive circles and other industry events.



Team Labs

Team Labs

Teamlabs is a Learning Laboratory based in Madrid and Barcelona working with universities and corporations to train the professionals that both society and market are demanding.
Its mission: “Make the world a Radical Learning Lab to tackle Big F*ing Problems in the Unknown Society.



Platoniq / Goteo

Platoniq / Goteo

A laboratory to co-design and incubate viable citizen initiatives and civic tech platforms with an impact on society and policy making
We design open and inclusive participatory spaces and methodologies across the physical and the digital to improve the impact of direct democracy.





RobotUnion is the Robotics acceleration program for startups in the areas of:
#Manufacturing #Healthcare #Agri-food #Civil Infrastructure #Open Disruptive Innovation.
RobotUnion will invest €4 million equity free in 40 companies in 2 open calls from 2018 to 2020.


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DECODE is EU-funded project born as a response to people’s concerns about a loss of control over their personal information on the internet.

DECODE will explore through four European pilot projects how to build a data-centric digital economy with appropriate privacy protections.



MyData Global

MyData Global

MyData Global is an international nonprofit, headquartered in Finland whose mission is to empower individuals by improving their right to self-determination regarding their personal data. This is the paradigm shift outlined in the My Data Declaration.



Stichting FIBREE

Stichting FIBREE

FIBREE – the Foundation for International Blockchain and Real Estate Expertise – is the leading international network for exchanging knowledge between the real estate industry, the IT sector and blockchain technology.





Launched in January 2020, TOKEN (Transformative Impact Of Blockchain Technologies in Public Services) is an EU funded project whose ultimate goal is to develop an experimental ecosystem to enable the adoption of Distributed Ledger Technologies and to prove its value, via highly replicable Use Cases, as driver for the transformation of public services.





DLT4EU was an EU-funded project to curate a vibrant and sustainable ecosystem of Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) applications for public and social good.
Our accelerator programme connected the expertise of leading innovators, entrepreneurs and developers with real-world challenges in the public and social sectors.





C-VoUCHER combines design and technology to support SMEs on their way towards circular economy.

C-VoUCHER will support 66 SMEs in their transition from linear value chains (cradle to waste) towards circular models (cradle to cradle®)





D-CENT (Decentralised Citizens ENgagement Technologies) was a Europe-wide project bringing together citizen-led organisations and helping them in developing the next generation of open source, distributed, and privacy-aware tools for direct democracy and economic empowerment.


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IOTA Foundation

IOTA Foundation

IOTA is a not-for-profit foundation incorporated and registered in Germany. The IOTA Foundation’s mission is to support the development and standardization of new distributed ledger technologies (DLT), including the IOTA Tangle.



Ethereum Foundation

Ethereum Foundation

The Ethereum Foundation is a not-for-profit Swiss foundation. Its mission is to support Ethereum platform, research, development and education to bring decentralized protocols and tools to the world that empower developers to produce next generation decentralized applications.



Neo Smart Economy

Neo Smart Economy

Neo is an open-source, community driven platform that is leveraging the intrinsic advantages of blockchain technology to realize the optimized digital world of the future.