Join the 4th ECN CrowdCamp: Exploring Blockchain for Alternative Finance


 

13 June 2019

 

LOCATION: Sirius Minds | Französische Straße 12, 10117 Berlin-Center, Germany


 

Blockchain promises to offer the potential to achieve considerable cost savings, efficiencies and resilience.
This edition of the ECN CrowdCamp focuses on how to best leverage the potential of blockchain technologies in the alternative finance sector by analysing the state of the art, understanding challenges and opportunities and providing recommendations for enabling and supporting blockchain empowered use cases for different target groups of the sector, namely crowdfunding platforms, investors, start-ups and SMEs and policymakers.

 




SPEAKERS


AGENDA


THURSDAY, 13TH OF JUNE

09:00 REGISTRATION & COFFEE

09:30 WELCOME – Oliver Gajda, ECN

09.35 SETTING THE CONTEXT – Exploring Blockchain for Alternative Finance – Conny Weber, ECN & Christin Friedrich, Innovestment

09:45 KEYNOTE – Joachim Schwerin, European Commission

10:00 PANEL 1 – Disrupting Alternative Finance with Blockchain
The usage of blockchain technology offers the potential to achieve considerable cost savings, efficiencies and resilience. We embrace these developments as a key innovation potential for the European crowdfunding and alternative finance industry. This session will analyse the current state of the art and outline the visions and motivations of the alternative finance industry using blockchain technology.

Moderator:
Philipp Sandner, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, Blockchain Centre

Panellists:
Florian Glatz, German Blockchain Association
Dalibor Cerny, attorney and co-founder of Visions Network
Nele Wollert, Fractal Launchpad

10:45 COFFEE BREAK

11:15 KEYNOTE – Dimitrios Psarrakis, European Parliament

11:30 PANEL 2 – Blockchain and the Alternative Finance Industry: SMEs needs and challenges
The further development and uptake of blockchain may enable the European industry – from start-ups to large corporates, administrations and citizens to provide innovative and disruptive services. Europe strives to be at the forefront of this development. This discussion aims at summarizing suggestions, how the EU and its member states can enable startups and SMEs to profit from blockchain technology and support further use cases in the field of alternative finance.

Moderator:
Christin Friedrich, Innovestment

Panellists:
Jens Glaso, Blockbonds
Gianluca Di Pasquale, EY
Artiona Bogo, SAP
Diana Rees, ZkSystems

12:15 LUNCH & Networking

13:30 KEYNOTE – Heike Hölzner, HTW Berlin University of Applied Science

13:45 SPOTLIGHT ON: BLOCKCHAIN STARTUPS
A quick walkthrough of blockchain use cases. Only when understanding what services and applications blockchain startups and SMEs provide, we can identify interesting application scenarios for crowdfunding platforms and design legal frameworks.

Moderator:
Conny Weber, European Crowdfunding Network

Presenters:
Lennart Ante, Stokr
Dusan Gajic, RealMarket
Jens Glaso, Blockbonds
Paul Hülsmann, Finexity
Matija Milekić, Blinking

14:45 KEYNOTE – Tilman Lüder, European Commission

15:00 PANEL 3 – Legal, policy and regulatory aspects for uptake
Disruptive innovation increasingly challenges policy makers and regulators. In this context, legal experts and representatives from regulatory authorities will exchange the thoughts on how to facilitate the application of DLT in the financial sector, whilst safeguarding market integrity, investor protection and financial stability.

Moderator:
Tilman Lüder, European Commission

Panellists:
Hagen Weiß, BaFin
Thomas Dünser, Liechtenstein Government, Financial Market Innovation
Graham Dick, Aquis Exchange Europe
Lennart Ante, Stokr
Robert Michels, Dentons

16:00 COFFEE BREAK

16:30 KEYNOTE – Julie Maupin, IOTA Foundation

16:45 PANEL 4 – Tackling technological challenges
Blockchain is a new information technology that allows anonymous partners to operate safely without the intermediation of a third party or the need for a central authority. Virtually instantaneous transactions and the absence of third parties have real disruptive implications for the alternative finance industry. However, the technology is relatively new, untested, and lacks the maturity that the finance industry normally demands. Issues such as interoperability, performance, security, and assurance of reliable execution which conforms to user wishes loom over the distributed ledger landscape.

Moderator:
Sanja Ugrcic, USAID

Panellists:
Pavel Kravchenko, Distributed Lab
Veljko Petrovic, RealMarket
Alexis Hamel, solarisBank
Meinhard Benn, SatoshiPay

17:30 CLOSING KEYNOTE – Matthias Klaes, University of Buckingham

17:45 EPILOGUE – Oliver Gajda, ECN

18:00 NETWORKING DRINKS
All ECN CrowdCamp participants are invited to attend the network reception of Dentons, GP Bullhound and TCV traditionally held within the framework of Berlin-based NOAH conference. The network reception takes places at the rooftop of Dentons, Markgrafenstrasse 33, 10117 Berlin – a short walk from the ECN CrowdCamp location.


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ABOUT ECN

The European Crowdfunding Network AISBL (ECN), founded in 2011 as an interest group and formally established in 2013, is a professional network promoting adequate transparency, (self) regulation and governance while offering a combined voice in policy discussion and public opinion building.

ECN executes initiatives aimed at innovating, representing, promoting and protecting the European crowdfunding industry as a key aspect of innovation within alternative finance and financial technology.

ABOUT CROWDCAMP

CrowdCamp is an annual event created by the ECN to promote crowdfunding as an innovative finance source, educate entrepreneurs on how to use it, raise awareness among investors on its potential.

Every year CrowdCamp focuses on a different application of crowdfunding, inviting crowdfunding platforms and relevant stakeholder in the selected field, this year the renewable energy sector.