The DLT4EU Accelerator aims to promote the development of projects that use Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLTs), like Blockchain, to solve challenges in the public and social sectors. In April we shared their Open call, and now 8 finalists that will participate in the Accelerator programme have been selected!

As the use of Blockchain and other DLTs for generating social impact is emerging, following the DLT4EU Accelerator can provide insights for alternative forms of supporting the acceleration of emerging technologies in public and social sectors, of relevance to decision-makers from EU to national and local levels.

During 6 months, starting on 1st July, 8 venture teams will team up with organisations in the social and public sectors to come up with solutions for real-world challenges related to Circular Economy and Digital Citizenship using DLT/Blockchain. 

One of UNDP’s AltFinLab’s challenges is to track and make transparent the provenance of products through an entire supply chain, which could, for example, help to realise resilient business models for smallholder farmers.

Here are the challenges that will be tackled, as presented by DLT4EU:

  • Collaborative E-waste management by the City of Sant Boi will be addressed by the spanish association Ereuse, promoting a circular consumption model for electronic equipment, extending its life cycle and value, and promoting reutilisation.
  • Track and Trace: Supply Chain Transparency by UNDP & AltFinLab will be addressed by the english company Everledger, developing an infrastructure for a track-and-trace solution to be piloted with the use case of food, medical supplies or textiles.
  • Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Energy Solutions by UNDP & AltFinLab will be addressed by the italian foundation Prosume: developing an infrastructure that enables asset trading within communities and/or cooperatives, of utilities – such as off-grid renewable energy markets.
  • Digital Impact Coins by UNDP & AltFinLab will be addressed by the university spin-off company Acren, enabling new types of innovative investment in Community projects.
  • Citizen-Powered Circular Textiles Sector by the Amsterdam CTO will be addressed by the spanish cooperative DisCo: changing the way textile waste is collected, treated and re-processed and allowing new uses in the city of Amsterdam.
  • Data Sovereignty for all Citizens by the City of Helsingborg Municipality will be addressed by the irish company AID:Tech, helping citizens become the owners of their personal data generated by public administration, using predictive data models to improve public service provision.
  • Charitable Aid Accountability for Humanitarian Agencies by the Red Cross and DFS will be addressed by the british platform helping to face barriers with the reporting, verification, and accountability processes, improving transparency and accountability within public service provision and humanitarian development activities.
  • Shared E-Mobility by The Greater London Authority will be addressed by the dutch platform CiSe, using DLT/blockchain to improve the way multiple European cities can provide common digital infrastructure on e-mobility.“

You can read more about the challenges on the DLT4EU website and follow the programme on twitter and instagram.

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