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

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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 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


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:

Federico Bonelli:

Cassandra Holden:  

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


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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: //

Web address for proposal submissions: //