REINFORCING THE GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAIN AND IMPLEMENTING DIGITAL CURRENCIES IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19
Read on to learn more about INATBA’s initiative to support industries face
In light of recent events caused by the global spread of the Coronavirus, INATBA, an association that provides a global platform for developers and users to interact with regulators and policymakers so as to take block chain technology to the next level, are taking a proactive approach in response. INATBA has joined the World Economic Forum’s COVID Action Platform and is participating in weekly update calls in which the World Health Organization discusses its requests to the private sector.
As part of this, INATBA has formed a small rapid action team led by the chairs of our Healthcare Working Group who have identified two key areas INATBA can contribute in an impactful manner.
The first area of interest is the global supply chain in different industries, which has been put under tremendous strain due to the spread of the novel Corona Virus. To help alleviate this strain, the INATBA will contribute to the WEF COVID platform with block chain-based supply chain solutions to enhance the availability and accessibility of strategic commodities and equipment, more so in countries heavily impacted by COVID-19.
Secondly, digital currencies can play a pivotal role in supporting mechanisms for business donations and contributions to the public health response. Therefore, INATBA aims to offer solutions that support the concept of a digital wallet for donations to the WHO.
As such, the rapid action team will organise a roundtable to review submissions of assistance and identify the most suitable solutions. This will be based on three main criteria:
- The readiness of the solution. The urgency of the matter calls for a market-ready solution which can be immediately deployed.
- The scalability of the solution. The solution should be easily adaptable on a large cross-border scale as it is a global problem we are facing.
- The degree to which the solution can work independently. The solution should be ready to deploy with the fewest third party dependencies as possible.
INATBA is unable to guarantee that either the WEF or WHO will accept the suggestions and contributions but feel strongly that the current global pandemic calls for proactive and well-intentioned actions from all of us.
For more information about the Healthcare WG’s thoughts on the role block chain can play in helping combat COVID-19, click here.
European Commission’s free eTranslation tool available to European SMEs from March 2020
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European Self-Sovereign Identity Framework Lab – Call for proposals
A call for Digital Identification innovators
The European Self-Sovereign Identity Framework Lab (eSSIF-Lab) is an initiative that empowers organisations in the European Union to make secure transactions with their stakeholders therefore saving billions in administrative expenses. It does so by supporting identity management so as to make it safe to carry out transactions securely by eliminating logins.
The European Self-Sovereign Identity Framework Lab (eSSIF-Lab) H2020 project is calling for Digital Identification Innovations. The eSSIF-Lab will provide financial support to develop digital identification solutions that give individuals control of their electronic identities and safeguard their privacy. These SSI solutions can be based either on blockchain or otherwise and aim for a Technology Readiness Level of 6 – 8 or Investment Readiness Level 5 – 7.
The technology developed as a result of this open call is anticipated to be useful for HealthTech, e-government, public education facilitators or an Open Disruptive Innovation track. Financial support being offered is up to €106.000 and participation is expected to last 8 months and span 3 phases.
This call is open to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) legally founded in an EU member country or a H2020 associated country.
Deadline: 30 April 2020, 13:00 (CEST)
Additional information can be found here.
DAPSI Open Call 1
Calling all internet innovators
DAPSI is offering a total of €5.6 million in equity-free funding in three open calls to internet innovators to develop technology solutions and services in the Data Portability Field. Successful applicants will participate in a 2-stage programme. Each selected project can receive a cash investment of up to €150,000, tailored technical and business resources, access to top infrastructure and much more!
The deadline for this Open Call is April 22nd 2020 at 12:00 (noon) CEST.
Find out more here.
European Social Catalyst Fund – Call for proposals
Have you got social service innovations you are looking to scale?
The European Social Catalyst Fund (ESCF) is a new initiative designed to have a significant impact on some of Europe’s most pressing social challenges. The objective of the ESCF is to bring together public and private resources to improve social services to enable people who need support to live as valued and participating members of their communities.
The ESCF will provide financial and capacity building support to develop plans to scale proven social service innovations. It is anticipated that these plans will provide details of how public and private resources (philanthropy and/or social investment) can be brought together in a range of collaborations to help refocus public spending in a more effective direction in the interest of European citizens. It is intended that during the project a further phase will be designed, based on learning obtained, which will include a focus on supporting implementation of plans to scale proven social service innovations. The deadline for this call for proposals is April 15th 2020.
Find out more here.
X-Europe Cohort 1
Calling HealthTech and BioTech startups
Applications are open for X-Europe’s first Open Call. HealthTech and BioTech startups are invited to join Cohort 1 now.
What is on offer?
- Market-oriented business training offered by Growth Tribe (online and in-person);
- Corporate – Startup matchmaking and collaboration with international corporations;
- Access to the leading accelerator and incubator (Design Terminal and TNW);
- Public and private funding opportunities;
- Access to skills and talent;
- Access to international flagship event The Next Web in Amsterdam in October;
- Gaining exposure through partner’s platforms and networks and our top-tier tech events.
The Open Call lasts from 1 March until 30 April while the programme for this cohort will last from 1 May until the end of October.
Find out more here.