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 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 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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