Blockchain Crowdfunding Startup Crowdaura Makes It Into Accenture’s 2016 FinTech Innovation Lab London

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According to a report issued by Accenture, Blockchain technology startup Crowdaura will join 14 other startups to be included in Accenture’s 2016 FinTech Innovation Lab London, which is now in it’s fourth year. They are the only Blockchain startup in the 12-week long mentoring program which is geared to help new fintech startups and entrepreneurs with expertise from executives of financial institutions such as Bank of America, JPMorgan, UBS, Goldman Sachs among others.

Crowdaura plans to use Blockchain technology and a crowdfunding interface to provide a turnkey platform solution for marketing, issuing, trading, settlement and administrating decentralised financial securities. This reduces costs and increases the security and transparency for securities lifecycle management.

In a blog post on Linkedin, Dr. Avtar Sehra, founder and CEO of Crowdaura indicated that Crowdaura was currently working on a private chain setup using open source protocols for niche closed industries, and an open source layer to use public Blockchains, such as Bitcoin or Ethereum, to issue securities and execute Delivery Versus Payment settlement and dividend administration using fiat currency.

Our engineers are also working on a robust (open source) application layer that can utilize a public Blockchain such as Bitcoin (or Ethereum), to issue securities and enable tradability within a particular niche of the financial markets, but more importantly execute DVP (Delivery Versus Payment) settlement and coupon/dividend administration using fiat currency.

This example is just to highlight that we are at an early stage of development in this technology and nothing should be excluded. We are confident that over 2016 as more teams from various backgrounds start working together there will be some clever methods designed and developed to secure current and future Blockchain network deployments, and some of this innovation will come from finding useful applications of PoW or by combining PoW and PoS.

About Richard Kastelein

Founder of industry publication Blockchain News, partner at ICO services collective CryptoAsset Design Group (helped raise over $200m+), director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) and ICO event organiser at leading industry event  CryptoFinancing (first ICO event in Europe) - Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He sits on the advisory boards of half a dozen Blockchain startups and has written over 1200 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published pioneering articles on ICOs in Harvard Business Review and Venturebeat.
 
Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain technology in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Dubai, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Groningen, the Hague, Helsinki, London, Manchester, Minsk, Nairobi, Nanchang, San Mateo, Shanghai,Tel Aviv and Venice. His network is global and extensive.
 
He is a Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Métis) whose writing career has ranged from the Canadian Native Press (Arctic) to the Caribbean & Europe. He's written occasionally for Harvard Business Review, Wired, Venturebeat, The Guardian and Virgin.com and his work and ideas have been translated into Dutch, Greek, Polish, German and French.
 
A journalist by trade, an entrepreneur and adventurer at heart, Kastelein's professional career has ranged from political publishing to TV technology, boatbuilding to judging startups, skippering yachts to marketing and more as he's travelled for nearly 30 years as a Canadian expatriate living around the world.
 
In his 20s, he sailed around the world on small yachts and wrote a series of travel articles called, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Seas' travelling by hitching rides on yachts (1989) in major travel and yachting publications. He currently lives in Groningen, Netherlands where he's raising three teenage daughters with his wife and sailing partner, Wieke Beenen.

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