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

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  2. 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:

  3. 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.

     

  4. 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.

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:

https://twitter.com/i/moments/1147493141374754816

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,