Blockchain Company Trust Camp Wins €100,000 Global Startup Award and Funding


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Trust Stamp, a US FinTech startup received the prestigious Gold Award in the Publicis90 ceremony at the Viva Technology conference in Paris France, having been chosen through a multi-stage, 6-month process from over 3,500 applicant companies (and 320 finalists) from 141 countries.

The award brought with it €100,000 cash funding from the Publicis Group, to be matched by Publicis’ partners, together with a year-long program of support by Publicis and its partners in the fields of digital media, marketing and communications.


Maxime Baffert, CEO of Proximédia, who led the Publicis90 program said:

“The Group’s involvement has enabled us to identify very promising startups from all over the world and in all fields. This is really a starting point for them, as they will now be able to develop thanks to the support they will receive from Publicis Group.”

Andrew Gowasack, Co-Founder and CEO of Trust Stamp said: “The financial support provided by the Publicis Group is very welcome but the real prize is having the resources and expertise of a multi-billion-dollar media company to launch Trust Stamp. Publicis is a global leader in digital media and their commitment to accelerate our growth will be priceless.”

Trust Stamp is developing a portfolio of innovative technologies in the field of “Trust and Identity as a Service” and is working with bank and other enterprise partners to provide solutions to a wide range of identity based challenges as well as launching a consumer facing product at for use in the P2P and sharing economies.

Trust Stamp came out of stealth mode in May 2016 with news of backing by Atlanta based venture capitalist Frank J Hanna III of FSH Capital LLC as well as Second Century Ventures, the National Association of Realtors® venture capital fund.

So far in 2016, Trust Stamp has been chosen from over 150 companies in 30 countries to participate in the QC FinTech program in Charlotte, from over 100 companies to participate in the NAR REach® program and from similar numbers of applicants for the Venture Out FinTech program in New York City and Founder’s Space incubator in Silicon Valley. Trust Stamp is on a shortlist of 30 companies for the “Top-21 Blockchain Startups in the World” award.

Trust Stamp is a Global Entrepreneur Partner of IBM from whom it has received $120,000 of in-kind funding as well as a Microsoft supported Bizspark Plus startup.

Publicis90 is a global start-up initiative to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Publicis Group who selected 90 startups or projects in the digital field from around the world to mentor and fund. Publicis Groupe is one of the “big-4” global marketing and advertising agencies with annual revenues exceeding $10 Billion dollars. Viva Technology was attended by over 45,000 attendees and followed by over 41 million people via social media.

About Richard Kastelein

Founder, Publisher and Editor in Chief of industry leading online publication, Blockchain News and co-founder and director at Blockchain Partners in London/Amsterdam/NYC. Kastelein is also an advisor with a number Blockchain startups doing ICOs including where hs is interim CMO,, Inchain, Chronobank, eGaas and others. He is regarded as one of the top journalists by the Blockchain and fintech communities – as is evident by his entry in the Top 150 Fintech journalists online and in the top 10 of the Blockchain Top 100 List.

As a prominent keynote presenter, he has spoken on Blockchain at events in Gdansk, Amsterdam, Minsk, Dubai, Antwerp, Eindhoven, Bucharest, Nairobi, Tel Aviv, Manchester, Brussels, Barcelona etc, where he helped spread the cause for Blockchain technology and cryptocurrency and, consequently, has built a notable network in the scene.

He’s also a director of a Dutch foundation called The Hackitarians and has run innovation events in London, San Francisco, Berlin, Amsterdam and other cities around the world on topics such Blockchain, Health, Energy, Internet of Things, AI etc.

In 2013, the European Commission appointed him as an expert for overseeing financing for emerging startups as a part of the European Commission’s 90 billion euro Horizon 2020 project, created in Brussels to promote innovation as a driving force of job creation and business ventures across Europe. He has also worked as an external expert for Innovate UK since 2012, judging startups for the UK government.

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