Blockchain as a Financial Enabler
How can entrepreneurs in developing countries foster blockchain technology to do business in global markets?
What can blockchain technology offer entrepreneurs?
The blockchain principle that underlies cryptocurrencies (like bitcoin) offers an enormous opportunity for people to attain more prosperity. Digital financial technologies not only enable the ‘unbanked’ to use an efficient and reliable financial system for the first time, also the new systems of financial trust supported by the blockchain allow entrepreneurs from less established economic systems to participate fully in the global economy.
Why do we need more inclusive solutions?
“Blockchain, Bitcoin, the Next Big Thing!“. That’s what’s being shouted from the rooftops. But don’t celebrate just yet - a lot of it is still vague, and the hype is also waning in development aid. Nonetheless, there are breakthroughs in the digitization of financial transactions via blockchain and bitcoin. BitPesa, a Kenya-based start-up reduces remittance-fees by sending Bitcoin, rather than traditional currency, across borders.
Who would we like to attend?
ii2030 aims to bring together experts and organizations who will contribute to the solution – and continue its development and implementation following the 2-day event. They may include
- Start-ups and social entrepreneurs offering blockchain-solutions for entrepreneurs in developing markets
- Financial Experts and Investors working with blockchain-based services or companies
- Developers that work with blockchain-technology
- Innovators from the international development community
If you fit one of these profiles, please apply for an invitation through our registration process.
How will we create impact?
During the 2-day co-creation process, participants will gain a full perspective of blockchain technology, get to know entrepreneurs who work with blockchain (through the Inclusive Innovation Tour) and design a blockchain-prototype for entrepreneurs in developing markets. After the event, participants will continue the collaboration along the roadmap towards a pilot project within one year, with support from Endeva and partners.
By harnessing blockchain technology, the resulting solution will reduce entry barriers for entrepreneurs to access global markets and provide a transparent and accountable infrastructure for financial transactions.
Our tour guides take participants on an exploration of Berlin’s buzzing inclusive innovation scene to provide inspiration and information for each track.
The 4-hour tour takes participants to 3 visionary organizations, where hosts will lead a discussion on how greater inclusion in their sector will impact society in 2030.
The day will end with a “Meet & Greet” networking dinner. Participants from all tracks reconvene over dinner to share what they have learned and get to know one another.
Participants gain inspiration from and knowledge on the various perspectives of how inclusive innovation will create positive change. They gain an up-close-and-personal look into the three organizations, connect with their leaders and use the inspiration to guide and motivate them through their co-creation journey at the Inclusive Innovation Factory and beyond.
Bitwala is Berlin’s award-winning blockchain banking startup.
We will learn about the technical aspects behind international Bitcoin banking and the blockchain economy.
Mambu has developed an SaaS banking platform that provides financial institutions of all sizes with the agility to
rapidly design, launch, service and scale their banking and lending portfolio.
We will learn about the inclusive potential of technology to deliver essential banking services
to individuals and emerging enterprises around the world.
Get to Know the Users (@ betterplace lab)
The future of blockchain applications is still ambiguous in many areas.
We will hear from users of blockchain technology in developing markets and policy experts
to understand the practical challenges of implementing blockchain technology.
In a design-thinking workshop of up to 10 participants, we will work out how technology can drive inclusive innovation, and what is needed to achieve a solution. Participants are carefully selected to bring together those actors who can make the change.
Throughout the day, a networking assembly line, factory whistle speeches and a canteen exhibition will allow participants to get inspired and connect outside their workshop.
An ii2030 online platform will be used for participants to start connecting and preparing for the workshop prior to the event and to continue their collaboration following the co-creation workshop. In the follow-up, the team will receive support from Endeva as they work on improving and implementing the solution in the field.
Design-thinking methodology is a collaborative solution-based approach to solving complex challenges. The strategic process will guide the team of like-minded partners in co-creating concrete, innovative and user-friendly solutions in a 1-day, action-packed workshop.
At the conclusion of the 2-day co-creation workshop, participants of the track will have developed a concrete solution that will be implemented with support from Endeva.