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:

//ledgerproject.eu

//fundingbox.com/c/ledger 

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


//twitter.com/LedgerEu 

Contact points for LEDGER:

Andres Sanchez: andres@fundingbox.com

Federico Bonelli: fredd@dyne.org 

Thomas Shamuyarira: shamuyarira@blumorpho.com   

//www.fundingbox.com

//www.dyne.org

//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.

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 Bluemorpho, 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.

 

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

 

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.

Ledger

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.

ledgerproject.eu

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

NGI

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