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 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/

 

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,

 

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.

 

About LEDGER:

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/

//ngi.eu/

//www.fundingbox.com

//www.dyne.org

//www.bluemorpho.com

//twitter.com/LedgerEu

#LedgerEU #NGI4eu #NGI

Contact:

Andrés Sánchez Sandaza

andres@fundingbox.com

 

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:

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

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.

 

1st OPEN CALL FACTSHEET

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