LEDGER’s Venture Builder Programme has officially kicked off: here is what happened at its WELCOME CAMP in Amsterdam!

LEDGER’s Venture Builder Programme has officially kicked off: here is what happened at its WELCOME CAMP in Amsterdam!

10.July 2019

LEDGER’s first acceleration round launched officially during the 4th and 5th of July with its WELCOME CAMP at Pakhuis De Zwijger in Amsterdam. 

Hosted by Dyne.org, supported by their consortium partners FundingBox and Blumorpho, the Municipality of Amsterdam sponsored event served as a first 2 day induction and public platform for the 16 selected human-centric projects. 

During the first day partners and mentors introduced themselves and their methodologies to the cohort, and projects were able to network and interact with each other on different levels, including outdoor activities in the morning, making use of the fantastic weather conditions and location by the water, and group pitching reviews in the afternoon, in preparation for the public sessions on Day 2. 

Day 2 saw frenetic activity in the morning with projects taking part in different workshops and mentoring sessions, as well as finetuning their pitches for the public event in the afternoon, which served as an important platform and networking opportunity. A suited “finale” of LEDGER’s first Welcome Camp. 

You can watch the public event here, including all 16 pitches and much more:  


To get a sense of the frenetic activity during the two days, please have a look at this “best tweets” selection:


LEDGER Welcome Camp is here, and you can join in!

LEDGER Welcome Camp is here, and you can join in!

The European Venture Builder Programme for Human-Centric Solutions enters its next phase.

The 16 winners of LEDGER’s first Jury Day are now entering the acceleration phase. First stop: The WELCOME CAMP in Amsterdam.


The 2-day event is taking place on the 4th and 5th of July 2019 at Pakhuis De Zwijger in Amsterdam North and will be open to the public for public discussions and networking during the afternoon of day 2.

RSVP here

At LEDGER we love free and open source software. We encourage the appropriation of technology to weave narratives of empowerment for people. We want to raise awareness on the importance of technical sustainability; to enhance people’s control on how data and algorithms are developed and condition everyone’s life. We dream of a new, open and inclusive European model for technological sovereignty.

Our mission is the stewardship of the knowledge commons: for a free world where we can all learn from each other, take and recombine empowering elements in new architectures and designs for the common wealth. What sometimes is hard to get is how to divide the gains fairly, how to imagine and implement ways that turn the economic strength of the common values into sustainable and successful projects and ventures.

Our partner’s Dyne European observatory on Algorithmic Sovereignty reached significant success in divulging findings and concerns of diverse European research and development projects. The D-CENT made clear how participatory processes can be facilitated by accessible technological means; the DECODE project is researching societal uses for decentralised technologies and crypto innovations; the Commonfare project is leveraging bottom-up community projects of wealth developments through information exchange and participatory budgeting processes.

The LEDGER project raises the bar of all its stakeholders with the opportunity to fund and mentor new teams that develop “human-centric” solutions that are purpose-driven and socially useful. Beneficiaries receive up to 200.000 EUR equity free to work hard and deliver a working implementation of their ideas in 9 months.

The event on the 4th of July is our “Welcome Bootcamp” for these teams: the beneficiaries of the LEDGER fund will present their projects, selected for their ethical values, quality and delivery capacity.

You are invited to come along with colleagues, students and friends to learn more about these projects and LEDGER as a whole.

It can be particularly interesting for those of you thinking to engage the second open call, with further 16 teams to be awarded early next year. This Welcome Camp will allow you to get a full overview of the winners with focused, short and to the point presentations to get to know what matters most in order to enter the programme.

Part of the Next Generation Internet (NGI) initiative, launched by the European Commission to make the Internet a platform more transparent, inclusive, open, cooperative and respectful of data privacy,

LEDGER selects 16 human-centric projects working on decentralised technologies to enter its Venture Builder programme

LEDGER selects 16 human-centric projects working on decentralised technologies to enter its Venture Builder programme


Amsterdam-Paris-Madrid, 30th May 2019, 16:00h

The Builder Programme LEDGER chose the 16 most human-centric and innovative projects among a pool of 291 applicants.

LEDGER, a European Commission funded project looking for people working on decentralized technologies to give back citizens control over their data,  held its Jury Day on Tuesday 28 May in Amsterdam.

The jury was to choose the 16 projects who are going to enter the one-year venture builder programme. The winners passed a thorough selection process with the 33 finalists pitching last Tuesday in front of a Jury made up by 8 qualified experts and professionals from the following organisations: Nesta, Nlnet, Geant, Demos Helsinki, Decode and the 3 partners leading the project (FundingBox, Dyne.org, BluMorpho).

LEDGER promotes alternative models where data is a common good owned by citizens and wealth created by data-driven platforms is equally distributed. The Project supports Research and Innovation projects addressing decentralised technologies such as blockchain as well as privacy-by-design, reliability, trustworthiness and openness as core values.

The winners by alphabetic order are the following:

  1. CoBox, Building Blocks for a Cooperative Cloud, by a team of individuals.
  2. Consento, providing data privacy powered by Humans for Humans, by Georepublic UG.
  3. Decentralized Science, a distributed Open Science publication system, with Open Access infrastructure, a reviewer reputation network and transparent peer reviews, by a team of individuals.
  4. Electraseed Fund, which aims at accelerating clean energy access at digital pace and scale, by Freeelio UG.
  5. The Energy Commons Protocol, an interoperable protocol for a decentralised, sustainable and human-centric energy sector, by Prosume SRL.
  6. Ereuse, which aims at reusing electronics ensuring final recycling (a transition to a collaborative and circular consumption of electronics), by Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.
  7. Food Data Market, an inclusive Data Marketplace for Sustainable Food Production, Equal Distribution of Gains and Digital Sovereignty of Citizens and Farmers, by Prospeh d.o.o.
  8. Heimdall, which provides a self-hosted privacy-focused cloud alternative by decentralisation of services, by a team of individuals.
  9. House.coop, a turnkey cooperative to regain control of our housing, by a team of individuals.
  10. iGive2, which decentralises chronic disease management with a community-based human centred platform that motivates healthy living & self-care, by iBreve Ltd.
  11. Merits, the platform for the eco-centric economy which facilitates the creation of social and economic ecosystems centred on caring for people, communities and nature, by Merits Srl SB.
  12. oneHEALTH, which will challenge proprietary health data of apps and wearables by unifying them via a blockchain based interoperable registry, by Eurob Creative.
  13. Project Aiur, a knowledge validation engine combining blockchain and AI technology, by Iris AI AS.
  14. Synergy, a toolkit, running on a distributed ledger, providing financial services for cooperatives: micro-funding, loyalty, transactions, by Synetairismos Ergazomenon Sociality.
  15. Unified Science, an academic collaboration platform for empowering researchers to boost their impact, get rewarded for contributions, and control privacy, by Mesensei Oy
  16. WorldBrain.io, which battles misinformation & social polarisation with collective web intelligence, by WorldBrain UG.


The selected projects will now have the opportunity of going far deeper in the fulfilment of their concept as they will enter a 12-month acceleration phase 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.



LEDGER is part of the Next Generation Internet (NGI) initiative, launched by the European Commission with the following ambition: shape the Internet in such a way that it is more transparent, inclusive, open, cooperative and respectful of data privacy.

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.

Related links:

Site: //ledgerproject.eu

Open call site: //ledger-open-call.fundingbox.com/

Community site: //ledger.fundingbox.com/






#LedgerEU #NGI4eu #NGI


Andrés Sánchez Sandaza



An EU backed venture builder is distributing €5.6M to give back citizens control over their data

An EU backed venture builder is distributing €5.6M to give back citizens control over their data

Press Release

LEDGER, an European Commission funded project, is looking for people working on decentralized technologies such as blockchain. Selected teams will access their 12 month programme and gain up to €200k equity-free.

Paris, Amsterdam, Madrid, 14th February 2019

LEDGER, a venture builder programme that empowers developers, researchers and entrepreneurs to achieve human-centric solutions to transform digital governance in Europe has launched its 1st open call.

LEDGER is looking for effective enterprise ideas that respect data sovereignty and operate in alternative space to the concentration of data in a few proprietary platforms. The EU will invest in this by accelerating 32 teams into companies with a solid human centric values business model.

LEDGER is part of the Next Generation Internet initiative from the EC, and aligns with the objectives of the European Blockchain Partnership signed on April 2018. “In the future, all public services will use blockchain technology”, said Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, during the signature of the declaration.

“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, in June.

LEDGER will make data a common good owned by citizens, where the value created by data-driven platforms is fairly distributed.  From the total amount granted, €5.6 million will be distributed in cash to teams using decentralized technologies (aka blockchain) for data governance. The deadline for the first open call is the 30th April.

“Our venture builder will provide mentorship, guidance and direct grants of up to 200.000 euros each to 32 projects building decentralised solutions where citizens retain control over their data”, declared Xabier Chao, Project Coordinator of LEDGER and CIO at FundingBox.

Participants will be selected to fit 6 verticals (Health, Finance, Mobility, Public Services, and Energy and Sustainability plus a generic one named ‘Open Disruptive Innovation’).


“Europe needs to be ahead in research and innovation. The 5 verticals we are focusing on and the technologies that will be implemented are a top priority in that agenda”, confirmed Géraldine Andrieux, CEO of BLUMORPHO.


Besides the €200.000 equity-free cash, participants receive DLT based software support and training, technological and business mentoring, vouchers and other enabling benefits throughout a venture builder programme by Dyne.org a prime “think and do” tank active on open software development and part of the EU projects D-CENT and DECODE.


“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.


Jaromil Roio, from Dyne (left) and Andrés Sanchéz from FundingBox (right), at the NGI boot during ICT 2018 in Vienna, showcasing the Ledger Project

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.


The LEDGER team met during the WebSummit in Lisbon where this EC funded initiative was kicked off. “We are ready to grow projects that will be lead to an Internet more focused on humans and citizens”, said Andres Sanchez, Project Manager at LEDGER and Product Manager at FundingBox an expert organisation in distributing funding.

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


Contact point for LEDGER:

Andres Sanchez: andres@fundingbox.com

Federico Bonelli: fredd@dyne.org

Cassandra Holden: holden@blumorpho.com  

About NGI: The Next Generation Internet (NGI) initiative, launched by the European Commission in the autumn of 2016, aims 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


Related links:

Site: http://ledgerproject.eu

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

Community site: https://ledger.fundingbox.com/






#LedgerEU #NGI4eu #NGI

Open Call Announcement: LEDGER Open Call for Human-centric Innovators


UP TO €200K for best-in class innovators.


  • Equity-free funding, networking, business mentoring, and researcher-in-residence support.

  • Venture Builder Programme & potential venture capital investments.

LEDGER, a European project financed by the European Commission, is looking for 16 human-centric innovators to develop Minimum Viable Products and services, in order to achieve new models that preserve citizens’ digital sovereignty, where data is a common good owned by citizens and wealth created by data-driven platforms is equally distributed.

The Open Call aims at selecting 16 proposals from 5 different verticals (Health, Economy, Mobility, Public services and Energy & Sustainability) and an additional generic track. We are looking for teams of SMEs, start-ups, developers, entrepreneurs and researchers that want to shift data management, leveraging on decentralised technologies (such as blockchains, distributed ledger technology (DLT) and/or peer-to-peer), AI or IoT to address Privacy-by-design, reliability, trustworthiness and openness to build human centric solutions.

The 16 selected companies will go through a 9 month customised MVP Builder Programme and receive up to €150k in equity-free funding. The best 8 out of those will be offered additional €50K and will get in a business focused programme of 3 months.

Applications must be submitted on-line at:


Who can apply?

Applications might be submitted from teams composed by developer, designers, entrepreneurs and researchers located in Europe willing to develop a Minimum Viable Product or service, which is able to provide improvements in terms of data sovereignty for end users.

Teams must involve a multidisciplinary configuration with at least 3 members (ideally a Researcher, a Developer and a Business Developer) and must consist minimum of, either one legal entity or 3 natural persons established/resident in an EU member state or in Associated Countries to H2020.

What’s in it for the selected teams?

Selected teams will be offered intensive dedicated support (by researchers-in-residence and business mentors), access to free and open source software platforms and development frameworks and equity-free funding up to 200,000 euros for the best-in-class teams, whose 5% can be used as a voucher for consulting a number of distinguished experts in various fields.

What types of projects will be eligible?

Projects must be based in research components, relevant for the topics of Privacy-by-Design, reliability, trustworthiness and openness and consist in development, test and validation of Minimum Viable Product (MVP) or service.

Projects focused on human centric values such as privacy-by-design, reliability, trustworthiness and openness with a solid research background, will result in Minimum Viable Products spanning into 6 verticals: Health, Economy, Mobility, Public Services, Energy & Sustainability plus one open to other topics and named Disruptive Innovation

The results of these bottom-up projects will build on technical building blocks that are available under Open Licences (i.e. Open Hardware, Open Software and/or Creative Commons) to develop a sustainable product or service.

What challenges can be addressed by the projects?

Ledger project has defined in its Strategic Research and Innovation Work Programme (available at the site) sector-specific challenges that can be addressed by the applicant teams. The scope of such challenges is summarized in the lines below:

  • Health: solutions to leverage patient-generated health data in a decentralised way, leading to a measurable improvement of patients’ life conditions and promoting secure and disintermediated data access, while preserving data integrity.
  • Economy: solutions for innovative forms of economic interaction between peers, such as crowdfunding, P2P lending and participatory budgeting, favouring disintermediation and standardisation and demonstrating embedding governance structures.
  • Mobility: design, implementation and deployment of models to build and pay for services on a decentralised and interoperable mobility ecosystem.
  • Public Services: solutions streamlining bureaucratic and procurement processes, which imply the creation of interoperable public services that put citizens back in control of their data.
  • Energy and sustainability: solutions tackling environmental, sustainability and circular economy issues and promoting decentralised governance data for digital sovereignty.
  • Open Innovative Projects: solutions that don’t fit in the previous verticals while endorsing the general ethos of the LEDGER project. The common element for applications to this vertical is the focus on human-centric nature of the solutions.



Project Full Name: decentraLizEd Data Governance for nExt generation internet

Project Acronym: LEDGER

Grant agreement number: 825268

Call identifier: LEDGER_OC1_MVP

Call title: 1st open call for MVP of human-centric innovators on data management

Publication date: 01/02/2019

Deadline: 30/04/2019 at 18:00 hrs. (CEST)

Expected duration of participation: up to 12 months

Indicative budget for the call: € 2.8 million.

Maximum funding support per proposal: € 200,000

Submission language: English

Web for full open call information: https://ledger-open-call.fundingbox.com/

Web address for proposal submissions: https://ledger-open-call.fundingbox.com/

E-mail: social@ledgerproject.eu