Blockstart makes SMEs stronger with blockchain solutions

january 30, 2019

Brightlands Smart Services Campus coordinates European project 

The new European project Blockstart helps small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) strengthen their competitive positions through the use of blockchain technology. Blockstart focuses on businesses active in the fields of health, logistics and agrifood, enabling them to use blockchain to increase security and efficiency in their work when it comes to data protection, tracking and invoicing.

This is the heart of the European Blockstart project in which Brightlands Smart Services Campus in Heerlen will be playing a coordinating role. The three-and-a-half-year project will be supported by Interreg Northwest Europe and will have a budget of five million Euros at its disposal.

Solutions for the health, logistics and agrifood sectors
Many small- to medium-sized companies find it difficult to get started with new technologies since the scale of SMEs is often too small, among other reasons. The Blockstart project is designed to make this possible.  Working together, these partners form an international ecosystem of business networks, incubators and blockchain experts. They will identify and take on the greatest challenges facing SMEs in health, logistics and agrifood. This ecosystem then provides business support, networking opportunities and a testing environment.

The advantages of higher efficiency in the exchange of data
Blockchain technology ensures safe, automated and efficient data transactions that may be used in the exchange of medical information, for example, or monitoring goods in transport or tracing the origin of food products.  

Joost van den Akker, Deputy for Economic Affairs and Knowledge Infrastructure for the Province of Limburg: “Their complex ICT structure makes these kinds of projects perfect for SMEs to take on together. The fact that the Brightlands campus in Heerlen is coordinating this project for Europe is once again confirmation that the knowledge infrastructure in Limburg is growing and getting stronger. Even more important is that the strong knowledge infrastructure is also being noticed and recognized internationally. The Brightlands Smart Services Campus is ideally equipped for supporting these types of complex issues.”

Peter Verkoulen, CEO of the Brightlands Smart Services Campus: “This European project is optimally aligned with our campus ecosystem where entrepreneurs, scientists and students work on smart services that improve people’s quality of life. We are involved in this project with leading parties from the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France and Great Britain. In the Netherlands, we are part of the Dutch Blockchain Coalition. This project will help us strengthen our position in the Dutch ecosystem and the role of the Netherlands in the European blockchain sector. I would like to call on SMEs from the Netherlands and abroad that are interested in the Blockstart project to contact the SME desk at the Campus.”

Interested?
Companies that are interested in the Blockstart project can contact the SME desk at the Brightlands Smart Services Campus via mkb.smartservices@brightlands.com Participation is free of charge for SMEs.

The following parties are involved in the Blockstart project:

  • Brightlands Smart Services Campus (lead, Netherlands)
  • Windesheim University of Applied Sciences (Netherlands)
  • Medicen Paris Region (France)
  • Eastern Netherlands Development Company (Netherlands)
  • Multitel (Belgium)
  • BioRegio STERN (Germany)
  • University of Surrey (United Kingdom)
  • Option Public (France)
  • ChainPoint (Netherlands)
  • Bax & Company (intermediary) 

The following associated partners have pledged their support for the project:

  • Regio Foodvalley (Netherlands)
  • Stichting ICT Valley (Netherlands)
  • Letztblock A.S.B.L. (Luxembourg)
  • Setsquared Partnership (United Kingdom)
  • Teagasc Food Research Centre (Ireland)
  • Institute of Supply Chain Management - University of St. Gallen (Czech Republic)
  • Eurometropolis Lille - Kortrijk - Tournai (France and Belgium)
  • Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (Luxembourg)
  • FOM University of Applied Sciences (Germany)
  • Dutch Blockchain Coalition (Netherlands)
  • Intersystems SAS (France)
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