BlockStart 2nd Open Call – A New Funding Opportunity for Blockchain Start-ups and End-user SMEs

Until September 30th 2020, start-ups can apply to BlockStart’s Partnership Programme, partner with end-user SMEs, and receive up to €20,000 to validate and pilot their blockchain solutions.

BlockStart 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 is looking for seed-, early- and growth-stage DLT/blockchain start-ups from all over the EU and H2020 Associated Countries. This 3 stage-immersive partnership programme (Ideation Kick-off > Prototype > Pilot) will manage a fund of €265,000 aimed at financing DLT/blockchain technologies in the fields of fintech, ICT and retail, with selected start-ups receiving up to €20,000 equity-free funding per pilot.

The offer

This Partnership Programme will provide start-ups with access to a variety of perks, including equity free funding, access to piloting opportunities, mentorship, and exposure to investors and advisors.

The selected start-ups will go to a 6-month programme that starts with the Ideation Kick-off (a match between end-user SMEs and solution providers), after which the most successful technology providers are admitted to a 4-month Prototype phase aimed at supporting the DLT/blockchain product/ market fit. During the 2-month Pilot phase, start-ups working with blockchain and other DLTs will have a unique opportunity to validate their solutions and refine their products, grow their business, and work closely with potential customers (i.e. end-user SMEs) – to identify the DLT/blockchain solutions that best meet market demand.

How to apply

Any European or H2020 Associated Country startup that works with DLT/blockchain technologies in the fields of fintech, ICT and retail is eligible as a participant and should fill in an online application form at F6S platform.

Deadline for applications is September 30th, 2020 at 5pm CET (Brussels Time).

For futher information via BlockStart website.

Scott Govan