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BlockStart 2nd Open Call for SME adopters of blockchain technology – a new piloting opportunity

Until March 11th, innovative SMEs willing to adopt blockchain solutions that can help grow their businesses can apply to BlockStart’s Partnership Programme, partner with blockchain developers, and receive up to €3,000 to validate and pilot blockchain solutions

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BlockStart (www.blockstart.eu) is a pan-European DLT/blockchain partnership programme. Its main objective is to facilitate goal-oriented, business-focused, and mutually beneficial partnerships between DLT/blockchain solution providers and end-user SMEs. In its 2nd Open Call, BlockStart was looking for seed-, early- and growth-stage DLT/blockchain startups from all over the EU and H2020 Associated Countries. This 3 stage-immersive partnership programme (Ideation Kick-off > Prototype > Pilot) manages a fund of €795,000 aimed at financing DLT/blockchain technologies in the fields of fintech, ICT and retail, with selected startups receiving up to €20,000 equity-free funding per pilot. After an intense selection and evaluation process, the top 10 DLT/blockchain developers have been selected to further develop their Minimum Viable Product (MVP) for the next 4 months, with the support of BlockStart. After this, only 5 will be selected for the programme’s Pilot stage, and partner with innovative SMEs willing to adopt the blockchain-based solutions developed in the scope of the Acceleration Programme. THE OFFER One of the main objectives of BlockStart is to encourage collaboration between end-user SMEs and potential DLT/blockchain specialists, as technology providers, and to promote knowledge about the benefits and opportunities of these technologies. This collaboration is of utmost importance in the Pilot stage of BlockStart’s Partnership Programme, where startups will have the chance to test their solutions together with end-user SMEs. SME adopters will benefit from up to €3,000 equity-free funding and will have the chance to implement DLT/blockchain pilot solutions with BlockStart’s top 10 startups that have gone through the previously described programme. OUR TOP STARTUPS Access our website https://www.blockstart.eu/adopters/ to find out who are our top 10 blockchain/DLT developers and what blockchain-based solutions they are developing in the scope of BlockStart. HOW TO APPLY Any European or H2020 Associated Country SME operating in the fields of fintech, ICT and retail is eligible as a participant and should fill in an online application form at the F6S platform: https://www.f6s.com/blockstartcallforend-usersmes2/apply Deadline for applications is March 11th at 5pm CET (Brussels Time). For more information on application criteria and how to apply, you can go to www.blockstart.eu and consult our FAQ section: https://www.blockstart.eu/open-calls/faq/ THE BLOCKSTART CONSORTIUM BlockStart is run by a team of 3 partners: Bright Pixel, an early-stage VC investor, CIVITTA a leading innovation management consultancy in Eastern and Central Europe, and F6S a global tech founders’ community. This project has received funding from the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme. Follow BlockStart on Social Media at Twitter Facebook and LinkedIn to keep track of everything that is going on, such as upcoming Q&A Webinar dates on the 2nd Open Call. The next ones will take place on September 10th and 23rd at 11am CET (Brussels Time) and you can book your ticket here: 1st webinar and 2nd webinar. More information: Coordinator: João Fernandes (fernandes@brpx.com) Contact press: Nadine Teles (nadine@f6s.com) Telegram: t.me/blockstart

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blockchain, dlt, fintech, ict, retail, funding, grant, smes

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