About the selection process

About the selection process

An explanation on the selection process after the Review meeting with the European Commission.

Dear LEDGER Community,

Following the second Jury Day session, we have received some emails questioning the evaluation and selection process to enter the second round of LEDGER. We understand that the selection process is complex and that some of our messages posted on the community pages could have been adding to that confusion; however, we would like to assure you that the whole evaluation process was in line with the Guide for Applicants and H2020 standards. All decisions were taken in the interest of the applicants and in line with the LEDGER Project goals. As stated in the Open Call package of documents, LEDGER aims to select 16 teams of human-centric innovators to develop Minimum Viable Products (MVPs) and services […]. based in Privacy-by-design concepts […].

The selection of new beneficiaries followed a three-stage process as described in the Description of Work of our contract with the EC. First, an ‘External Committee’ shortlisted the eligible candidates. Second, the ‘Evaluation Committee’ selected from the shortlist the projects that went to the Jury Day. Third, the ‘Selection Committee’ after hearing the candidates at the Jury Day selected the 16 best proposals.

In the second Open Call, based on a shortlist defined by the External Evaluators, the Evaluation committee selected an initial batch of 33 proposals to pass to pitch to the Selection Committee on a Jury Day. As the Selection Committee could not find 16 proposals among them that could be funded (according to the pre-defined evaluation criteria for the Jury Day), the Evaluation Committee selected a second batch of 30 additional proposals (from the shortlist defined by the External Evaluators), that were then interviewed on a second Jury Day, and that were scored according to the same pre-defined criteria used for the first Jury Day. Among these two batches of 63 proposals invited to pitch, the Selection Committee found 16 proposals fully complying with the pre-defined scoring and area coverage requirements, which were then selected for funding. The treatment given to the proposals was the same during the two Jury Days, and no additional criterion (e.g. “human-centricity”) was used in this selection.

The whole process was recently discussed with the European Commission, which has analysed it in detail and suggested to issue this clarification.

All teams will receive individual feedback as soon as possible and we count on your participation in future similar NGI initiatives.

LEDGER has selected 16 human-centric projects, working on decentralised technologies, to enter its 2nd round of the Venture Builder programme

LEDGER has selected 16 human-centric projects, working on decentralised technologies, to enter its 2nd round of the Venture Builder programme

LEDGER, a European Commission funded project, and part of the NGI initiative, a Venture Builder for Human-Centric Solutions, announces the 16 innovation projects that have been selected in the programme’s 2nd Jury Day, which took place online over two separate sessions.

The winners in alphabetical order:

  1. Acuratio – Medical diagnostics of rare cancers with privacy-preserving machine learning.
  2. Anastasis – Password-less key recovery via multi-factor multi-party authentication.
  3. Backme.org – Make content creators, journalists and artists become independent.
  4. ConDIDI – Full lifecycle decentralized conference participant management
  5. DAppNode – Pooled decentralized hardware infrastructure, open to anyone, for hosting a human-centric data-sovereign, private-by-design internet.
  6. Distributed Secure Smart Farming Log (DISEMIN) – A digital log of sensor data and human input, controlled by the farmer who decides whom they will share their data with.
  7. Eschooltul – Organisational school online platform with Blockchain
  8. Gene Coop – Human genomic data cooperative for and by citizens to support health research and responsible and inclusive governance of data.
  9. Global Passport Project – Addressing migration processes and human rights abuses through a blockchain-based platform to promote participatory democracy for migrants.
  10. Hacking Ecology – Open source systems for environmental quality monitoring and data management.
  11. LiV – Web-platform built on blockchain and AI that democratises access to inheritance planning and succession.
  12. Open Distributed Environmental Monitoring Platform – Open source low-cost detection of mutagens in food water soil and air.
  13. Orvium – Open access publishing platform created for, and by, researchers that returns the benefits of science to society.
  14. Smart Consent – A system designed for management of the medical informed consent, improving the communication physician-patient using audiovisual technology and Blockchain security, towards paperless for health management.
  15. VeriBio – Blockchain decentralised tracking platform to empower customers and contribute to enhance trust in the food industry.
  16. Vocdoni – Implementation of a universally verifiable voting system based on decentralised identity & focused on UX and accessibility from smartphones.

Over 2 sessions, 63 finalist teams, out of 338 applications from over 35 countries, pitched in front of a jury comprised of the following 7 experts from highly respected organisations in the Next Generation Internet ecosystem:

Francesca Bria – DECODE Project Coordinator and UN Senior Advisor on digital cities and digital rights

Bob Goudriaan – NL.NET representative of NGI0 Discovery and NGI PET

Katja Bego – Project Coordinator of NGI-Forward and Senior Research at Nesta

Johannes Mikkonen – Senior consultant Demos Helsinki Think Tank

Dr. Denis ‘Jaromil’ Rojo – Founder and CTO Dyne.org

Klaus Kummermehr – Business Partner Blumorpho

Jorge Fernandez – CTO FundingBox

 

The selected projects are going to have the opportunity to widely develop their approaches as they have just entered a 12-month acceleration programme, during which they will benefit from:

  • Business mentoring, camps, technological vouchers, training and demo days
  • Support from an expert researcher in residence
  • Access to market and support to raise further investment
  • €200,000 distributed over the course of the programme

About the LEDGER:

LEDGER is part of The Next Generation Internet (NGI) initiative, which was launched by the European Commission and it aims to shape the future internet as a value-centric and interoperable ecosystem that embodies openness, inclusivity, transparency, privacy, cooperation, and protection of data (explore these values through the NGI community).

With this goal in mind, LEDGER is a Minimum Viable Product programme encouraging developers, researchers, designers and entrepreneurs to use decentralised technologies such as blockchain, peer to peer and distributed ledger to build human-centric solutions to preserve the citizens’ sovereignty over their data.

LEDGER’s partners: FundingBox, Dyne.org, Blumorpho.

LEDGER’s advisory board: a team of 6 professionals working on the Next Generation Internet topic, an initiative launched by the European Commission in order to promote a more human-centric web, a key requirement for every LEDGER project.

LEDGER 2nd OPEN CALL: MEET THE 32 FINALISTS who, this time, are heading to the ONLINE Jury Day on the 23rd of April 2020

LEDGER 2nd OPEN CALL: MEET THE 32 FINALISTS who, this time, are heading to the ONLINE Jury Day on the 23rd of April 2020

  1. LEDGER – The Venture Builder for Human-centric solutions is announcing the final 32 projects that will be competing for up to 16 available MVP Venture Builder programme spots, including mentoring services and up to 200.000EUR in equity free funding.

    The Jury Day event was planned to take place in Madrid on the 23rd of April, however, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, it will be taken ONLINE on the same date. 

    Stay tuned as additional information about the online event will be provided soon!

    At LEDGER we received a total of 338 applications from 35 countries, exceeding the already impressive numbers of last year’s 1st Open Call and with it, all expectations. 180 proposals passed the eligibility and prescoring phase and were then assessed each one by two external evaluators, one technical and the other humanistic.

    These are the final 32 selected projects invited to pitch at LEDGER’s Jury Day:

  2. Zenodys data marketplace – Making cities smart and protect citizen’s privacy with the blockchain data exchange platform.


    Acren – Agricultural Re:Nature – Will be the first donation platform that enables you to donate for specified environmental measures in a transparent and traceable way.


    AMBLOCKSIA – Blockchain platform for the establishment of smart contracts between farmers and food safety authorities to guarantee safe pesticide levels.


    NOIXION – Content platform supporting authors to share and manage their audiovisual creations: dissemination and monetisation tool based on AI and DLT.


    OSDK – Open Sugi Development Kit – Open community platform for hardware blockchain wallet development. Build a hardware wallet that feels human in one day for your application.


    Global Passport Project – Addressing migration processes and human rights abuses through a blockchain-based platform to promote participatory democracy for migrants.


    ResearchProof – A multi-layered set of blockchain and cryptography tools to foster open science.


    TrustMeet – Certifies on blockchain interconnected information and user endorsement through the user experience of social microblogging.


    TREE WALLET – A personal Blockchain Wallet for farmers and actors from all economic sectors to collaborate trading CO2, plant trees and share the benefits.


    B2B Pay – New payment cooperative platform for B2B trade oriented to international economic transactions available for all European companies.


    Distributed Secure Smart Farming Log (DISEMIN) – Farming together, the smart way.


    Stonize – Open access trusted securitisation platform that makes finance more democratic by distributing economic wealth more equally.


    Green Heat – New generation of eco-friendly heating devices – powered by blockchain technology


    VicVic – A proximity cooperative platform for community building and empowerment.


    SingularGrid – Faster and more reliable switching of energy suppliers at your fingertips for  Social Contract of Energy.


    REXS.IO – Real-time & transparent data stream notarisation.


    WiseTown Issue Certification Module (ICM) – “Web Information Streams Enhancer for your Town”: Engage citizens into transparent governance with Decentralised Ledger Technology.


    InstansOS-iSumo – A distributed operating system for the “internet of impact”.


    Smart Consent – Improving the communication physician-patient using audiovisual technology and blockchain security, towards paperless for health management.


    Bloom Network – A billion acts of regeneration.


    Abundance – Incentivise sustainable impact in your community with Abundance inclusive currencies.


    Degree360 – Learner-centred end-to-end solution for earning and storing lifelong learning credentials and building incentivised learning pathways.


    ConDIDI – Full lifecycle decentralised conference participant management.


    Social Digital Lab – An innovative, collaborative, AI-based digital learning platform to meet the needs of a growing and changing lifelong learning market.


    Briing – Fostering consumer bargaining and user data sovereignty through a decentralised group-buying marketplace on the blockchain.


    CAPENA – Own your reputation.


    Orvium – Open access publishing platform created for, and by, researchers that returns the benefits of science to society.


    Gene Coop – Human genomic data cooperative for and by citizens to support health research and responsible and inclusive governance of data.


    Backme.org – Make content creators, journalists and artists become independent.


    UnLockBio – Helps researchers and pharma, procure biodata by connecting them with patients and biobanks in a privacy preserving fashion.


    LiV – Democratising and giving you control over inheritance & succession planning.


    Smart Community Brain – An IoT/DLTs Hub for HomeOwners Associations (HOAs) built for an open source Smart City with citizen data sovereignty by design.

     

  3. LEDGER is part of the European Commission’s Next Generation Internet (NGI) initiative aiming to shape the future Internet as an interoperable platform ecosystem that embodies the values that Europe holds dear: openness, inclusivity, transparency, privacy, cooperation, and protection of data.

    NGI has invested over €80 million in blockchain projects for societal use. By 2020, the European Commission expects to allocate around €300 million to initiatives like LEDGER.

    To learn more about LEDGER, and to connect, find funding opportunities, partners and news about The Venture Builder Programme, please join the LEDGER Community.

    @LedgerEu @NGI4eu
    #NGI #FundingGrowth #blockchain #decentralised #privacybydesign

Watch LEDGER’s Human Centric Bootcamp round-up clip

Watch LEDGER’s Human Centric Bootcamp round-up clip

At the end of October 2019 the first #LedgerEu Venture Builder cohort of 16 teams gathered in the small town of Milazzo, in Sicily.

Their task: to apply their current knowledge and skills to a real case scenario and come up with ideas for possible solutions (or even more) in only 3 days. The only way to do it was to interact with the local community, to put faces and real stories to the “human” aspect.

We introduced them to a methodology of observation, analysis and co-design “in vivo”.

This round-up clip shows just some excerpts of the resulting stories and efforts during our stay in Sicily. Feel free to watch more on our channel here: vimeo.com/ledgerproject

Want to know more about the #LedgerEu Venture Builder programme?

Join our online community here, where you can find out more, interact with your peers and get news about what’s coming: https://spaces.fundingbox.com/c/ledger

And don’t forget, you can still apply to #LedgerEu’s 2nd Open Call here (Deadline: 31st January): https://ledger-2nd-open-call.fundingbox.com/

 

2nd Open Call

2nd Open Call

LEDGER’s 2nd Open Call looks for 16 decentralised human-centric technology solutions to join its Venture Builder and access up to €200k equity-free! 

The EU-funded acceleration project, whose first Venture Builder is already making strides towards transforming digital governance in Europe, is now looking for the next group of developers, researchers and entrepreneurs to apply for their 2nd Open Call

 

Paris, Amsterdam, Madrid, 1 st November 2019 

 

LEDGER, the pan-European acceleration program for human-centric solutions, has kicked off its second open call today, aimed at innovative projects building blockchain and other DLT supported solutions for data governance. 

The final 16 selected teams will access a Venture Builder programme of 12 months receiving DLT software support and training, technological and business mentoring and other enabling benefits besides of up to €200.000 equity-free funding.

Applications will be accepted until Friday, 31st of January 2020 at 18:00 CET.

Granted by the European Commission (EC) and distributing €3,2 millions in this open call,  the programme aims at making data a common good, owned by citizens, where the wealth created by data-driven platforms is equally distributed. This approach will lead towards both, a more open, robust and interoperable Internet and more supportive social innovation.

Our venture builder will provide mentorship, guidance and direct grants of up to 200.000 euros to each of the 32 projects building decentralised solutions, where citizens retain control over their data”, declared Xabier Chao, Project Coordinator of LEDGER and CIO at FundingBox, at the start of the acceleration project, whose first cohort of 16 projects is now already well underway. 

 

LEDGER’s Venture Builder Programme has officially kicked off: here is what happened at its WELCOME CAMP in Amsterdam!
LEDGER’s first 16 projects in July 2019 at the Welcome Bootcamp in Amsterdam 

 

We are focusing on 5 verticals: Health, Finance, Collaborative Economy, Public Services, and Energy”, confirmed Géraldine Andrieux, CEO of Blumorpho. The Strategic Research and Innovation work programme reflects the scope and details of the projects the programme is looking for.

Selected teams will develop a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) where privacy-by-design, openness and data governance are at the core of their value proposition”, pointed out Jaromil Roio, CTO of dyne.org.

 

LEDGER promo video (1st Jury day in May  2019)

 

LEDGER is part of the EC’s Next Generation Internet initiative, and also aligns with European Blockchain Partnership (EBP) objectives. 

The Next Generation Internet initiative will reverse the Internet paradigm and recognise the value of humanity in technology”, said Roberto Viola, Director General of the European Commission’s DG Connect during the Digital Assembly 2018 in Sofia (Bulgaria).

So far, the European Commission has invested more than €80 million in blockchain projects for societal use. By 2020, the European Commission expects to allocate around €300 million to blockchain initiatives like LEDGER

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

Related links:

http://ledgerproject.eu

https://fundingbox.com/c/ledger 

https://ledger-open-call.fundingbox.com/


https://twitter.com/LedgerEu 

Contact points for LEDGER:

Andres Sanchez: andres@fundingbox.com

Federico Bonelli: fredd@dyne.org 

Thomas Shamuyarira: shamuyarira@blumorpho.com   

https://www.fundingbox.com

https://www.dyne.org

https://www.blumorpho.com

+ info about LEDGER

* LEDGER ensures data sovereignty and eliminates concentration of data in a few proprietary platforms by accelerating 32 bottom-up experiments on human centric values (privacy-by-design, reliability, trustworthiness and openness as core values) and 6 verticals (Health, Finance, Media, Public Services and Energy plus a generic one ‘Open Disruptive Innovation). 

* LEDGER will overcome Non-technological (Admin burden, Searching costs, bias in grant distribution, lack of use cases, User awareness, Access to Finance, Lock-in, Entrepreneurial Discovery and Regulation gap) and Technological barriers (Lack of Standards, lack of playground environments and Access to knowledge).
* LEDGER ́s architecture relies in Mission-oriented, Market pull, Entrepreneurial discovery, Smart funding and Open- Technology.
* LEDGER will build on EC projects related to data governance: DECODE, D-CENT and PIE NEWS. 400 teams will be activated to develop the best applications that will run through a Minimum Viable Product Builder including mentoring and access to the Distributed Ledger Technology from DEVUAN.org.
* Up to 200k euros for the best teams will get startups ready for Venture Capital, pre-Initial Coin Offering and/or crowdfunding. LEDGER partners complete the community building, discovery, tech transfer and sustainability cycle. FundingBox – European leader in Financial Support to Third Parties will attract startups from its 15.000 members platform. DYNE will bring researchers and developers from its 10.000 members. Blumorpho will engage Researchers (7.200), Entrepreneurs (7.400) and investors (800) to guarantee sustainability. Linking with other ecosystem this ads to 110.000 people incl. 60% of potential Human Centric Innovators. 80 evaluators and 40 State-of-the-Art experts will develop alternative models that preserve wealth created by data-driven platforms that is equally distributed.
* LEDGER will help inot transforming Europe into the world-leading human centric and data sovereign Entrepreneurial Union.