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What is Block.IS?

Block.IS is a new acceleration programme that aims to build an open and collaborative cross-border, cross-sectoral innovation ecosystem that fosters the use of blockchain technology in three vital sectors for the European economy: agrifood, logistics and finance. Block.IS accelerator supports SMEs and start-ups from the ICT sector all the way from ideation to commercialization offering them tailored business and technical support as well as direct funding. To help founders build high- tech venture-backable enterprises, Block.IS offers €2.8 M of total funding through 2 open calls.

Block.IS Phases

The Block.IS Acceleration programme is based on a 3-phase process (repeated for two batches):

INNOVATE > EXPERIMENT > COMMERCIALIZE

In each phase, the selected candidates are offered a set of tech & businesses services and financial support to develop their projects in close collaboration with relevant clusters networks, sector specialists and technology experts.

Phase “INNOVATE” will offer €3.000 (lump sum) per candidate for 90 best project ideas. During one-month period, the winners will be invited to fine-tune their concept, elaborate a mock-up of the proposed solution and prepare a tech-Business pitch to present at the Block.IS Clusters-Innovators Assembly.

Phase “EXPERIMENT” will offer €50.000 per candidate for 45 best projects from Phase “INNOVATE”. Throughout this phase that last 8 months, the winners will be developing the proposed projects in close collaboration with Block.IS’s clusters networks, sector specialists and technology experts.

Phase “COMMERCIALIZE” will offer €7.000 per innovator for 20 projects with the greatest business potential from Phase “EXPERIMENT”. This phase will last 2 months, when the winners will develop activities associated with the promotion and exploitation of their project, aiming to engage new customers and/or partners and/or investors.

What’s in it for you?

Block.IS offers a holistic portfolio of technical and business support services to catalyze blockchain adoption – cross-sector/ border.

4 Blockchain-ready software enablers

to support the dev. of novel products/ services

1-1 Business mentorship

to help founders build venture-backable, high-tech enterprises

Tailored tech support

self-documentation services, docker images & recipes, and more

3 Immersive bootcamps

that reflect the latest trends/ insights in fundraising & startup scale-ups

Support helpdesk

for startups/ SMEs featuring advanced technological knowledge and resources

Pan-EU pool of investors & corporates

to fill the gap between seed- & late-stage funding needs

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cluster missions

Enabling cross-border/ sector collaborations

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open calls for SMEs/ Innovators

To accelerate the most promising cross-sector solutions

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Total funding

Enabling cross-border/ sector collaborations

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blockchain enablers

To support the development of novel products/ services

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fully immersive hackathons

To push the immersive blockchain-enabled future further

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Innovators/ SMEs

Participating in the Block.IS acceleration program

Who’s behind Block.IS

The Block.IS consortium is a fusion between: Tech founders and SMEs community (F6S), sector-oriented clusters and sectoral associations (VOICT, FEDACOVA, IT-Log, DSME, FTS), international innovation and Tech-transfer specialists (INO, IDI, CIVITTA, SYN) and Blockchain tech experts (INTRA, TNO)

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