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WHAT´S NEW 2023 🇦🇹
This updated version of May 2023 (v6.0) includes 35 NEW PLAYERS like startups, organisations and initiatives, conferences, developers, tax experts and with a total number of 210. This 2023 version has been edited by CryptoRobby and Clemens Otto, with input from Ed Prinz, Georg Brameshuber and Clemens Wasner and from all new projects/startups mentioned below.
Live presentation of the Austrian Blockchain Landscape 2023
The Austrian blockchain ecosystem has evolved substantially over the years. Whereas six years ago, Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) were popular with blockchain startups issuing tokens to finance their business models. Later Security Token Offerings (STO) were the next thing. However, STOs never really became big. A breakthrough could be seen in the year 2020 with Decentralised Finance as the darling of the crypto scene, and many Austrian ventures offered services.
This 2023 update has a lot new to offer:
We see nine new players in the field of web3 with more to come later this year. These companies offer marketing services for old economy corporations to assist them to creating virtual offices and showcases in the metaverse, to tokenise products. There is one new forensic project, a new consulting company focusing on token engineering. Also, phygitals entered the scene: several startups offer a combination of physical objects and digital (hence phygitals) and combine both the physical and the digital worlds. The surprise of the year is definitely Raiffeisen, which entered a cooperation with Bitpanda. Plus a conference, education and more!
ALL NEW startups, ventures, players, and events mentioned below:
Three DAOs 🚀
(ChatGPT, what’s a DAO explained to a 10y old: „A Decentralized Autonomous Organisation is like a club where people work together and make decisions using computer rules, without a boss telling them what to do“; „OK, thanks 🦋“, more details on Cointelegraph)
OrpheusDAO was founded by star conductor (yes!) Sascha Götzel, it’s a DAO and a decentralised NFT-streaming platform for musicians, which is providing a new era of music streaming experience for artists and their fans, in the process, artist and fans get rewarded together.
elemints.club founded by bustling Daniel Gosterxeier is a blockchain-based customer loyalty DAO that allows users to earn personalized rewards through digital collectables and elemints, the decentralized token of the platform. Daniel also manages VID identity solution, Charonium and Niftytwins!
Nine new Web3 companies 🥰
Mo:Me:Nt founded by Pascal Haider. The Web3 platform MO:ME:NT enabled KIA Austria's Metaverse campaign during the Australian Open. They brought numerous users into the KIA Cosmos-Metaverse, where they could access information about the tournament using digital avatars. The company's first use case was implemented during the Erste Bank Open ATP 500 in October 2022. They now collaborate with partners like Laola1, KIA Austria, Burger King, FC Twente Enschede, and BMW Dubai. Congrats!
Talentir founded by Lukas Sticksel Steiner is the first platform to turn YouTube Videos into tradable assets (we would call it NFTs 😝). Talentir empowers artists to share ownership of their work with their fans, creating the ultimate community. Here is a vid of the founder Lukas.
LOOP with web3 project owner Julian Paul entered Web3 by working with Porsche on their latest NFT collection. By implementing dedicated Web3 agency roles, they are contributing to PORSCHΞ (here is the link to the NFT 911 project) with services from building a custom Web3 communication strategy and community management to developing token-gated web solutions to distribute NFT holders’ utility.
LEMOONS run by Jeff Sanborn was founded to have a positive impact on the often misleading marketing and branding world in the DeFi space. They are professionals that not only work within Web3, but rather tend to say that are Web3. A team of passionate specialists with various skill sets, which fulfil all the needs upcoming blockchain projects might have.
openbrain managed by Michael Bernold is an Austrian digital agency with Web3 experience, providing consulting and services specifically for small and medium-sized businesses. Our team supports the implementation of Web3 projects and the integration of new technologies to create innovative and effective solutions for business problems.
ThirdLabs with Lorenz Cresnar is a full-service Web3 agency. They are guiding and advising leading companies & sports organisations as well as intellectual property owners on the next iteration of consumer behaviour, on Web3.
Ahoi Kapptn of Philipp Baldauf offers support for the implementation of Web3 projects. Whether one wants to release a cool NFT, develop a dApp or do something else on the blockchain, they’re here to help.
DeFi staking/validation 🥳
atweb3 run by Johannes Proksch started as a validator for Celo Blockchain, with a focus on social and environmental impact and now aiming to contribute to a privacy-preserving, decentralised wallet adoption.
Glink run by the Grünsteidl brothers Mathias and Vitali is a blockchain oracle infrastructure provider specialized in Chainlink technologies, handling a wide array of data, from in-game item transactions and NFT metadata to climate and weather information.
Three new developers 🖥️
Wavect of Kevin Riedl develops Smart-Contracts & DApps for international companies from crypto-native to web2 businesses conquering the web3 world. They work with a variety of startups, from DAOs, NFT-Projects to large corporates issuing security/utility tokens and infrastructure providers such as Layer-2 blockchains.
Raiffeisen surprises: bank meets crypto 💸
Raiffeisen Bank für Niederösterreich und Wien enters a cooperation with Bitpanda, Europe´s largest crypto exchange to explore how the rather traditional bank could offer cryptocurrency trading. Michael Höllerer, CEO of Raiffeisenlandesbank NÖ-Wien: "The aim of examining the partnership with Bitpanda is to add an innovative, secure facet to our product range and to enable all customers to easily build up their assets.“ It's been reported by TrendingTopics on April 26, 2023 => Full report here. Let´s see how this will work out. In the meantime we put the bank on the landscape as an early adopter
Also, worth mentioning is that Raiffeisen Bank International together with EY organised Loyalty Evolution Hackathon 2023, with a blockchain challenges, 53 participants from 3 countries and more than 20 mentors, here is theYoutube aftermovie.
Rette dein Geld of Matthias Reder has launched the project to educate people about financial literacy and global economic issues. Matthias organises the Event “BITCOIN meets Burgenland“ on May 26, 2023 with plenty of experts like Niko Jilch and more. Register HERE.
A | Q Forensics was founded by Albert Quehenberger. AQ Forensics' Blockchain Intelligence service involves the use of advanced analytical techniques to investigate and trace transactions on blockchain networks. This helps clients identify and mitigate risks associated with cryptocurrency transactions and blockchain-based activities.
Identity solution ℹ️
Revelaire founded by a dynamic duo with Thomas Haindl and Benjamin Albrechts offers a new way to make crypto payments easy, compliant and secure. Revelaire created a so-called „reusable KYC“ that enables to share data with any company, who then can then use its zero-knowledge proof technology to validate the received data's integrity. Revelaire won the BlockAndStart startup competition in December 2022, congrats!
VID International is an Austrian startup company focussing on cybersecurity, digital identity workflows and digital identity UI/UX/CX for enterprises. Building VID Card, possibly the most advanced system for digital identity in the enterprise context.
NiftyTwins • virtualizes the existing, creates the new and preserves the future as a premium NFT and helps your brand establish a presence in the metaverse.
Real Estate 🏠
Percy and Price, founded Alexander Lena and Dieter Mackerle and run by CEO Christian Vancea offer sustainable & transparent investment in real estate entirely without administrative overhead and transaction fees. They are using blockchain technology to tokenise real estate assets and make them available to a wider range of investors. The result is a more efficient, transparent, and democratically accessible platform for real estate investing.
Trading & Tracking 💰
consolafi, founded by exBitpandas Jacob Kobler and Miroslav Byrtus,develops automated crypto bookkeeping and reporting. Leading web3 firms get 10x more productive with the most reliable crypto finance and accounting platform. They bring clarity and control to companies crypto finances.
validvent.tax founded by Georg Brameshuber offers tax consulting for digital assets with the objective to leverage and optimize digital assets and implement Web3 projects in a targeted way: with spot-on tax advice for crypto and Web3.
Token Engineering Labs of mathematician and cryptoeconomist Kris Paruch is a research, engineering, and consulting boutique that supports renown international blockchain projects in rigorous design of their token applications.
questr of Johannes Anderl Natalie Einzinger and provides products and services for customers, businesses and tax consultancies in particular, in need of complete and correct transaction data documentation related to cryptocurrencies.
BITCOIN Conference BTC23 in Innsbruck/Tyrol, September 14 - 17, 2023 supported by coinfinity. The biggest Bitcoin conference is going into the second round: BTC23 will - according to the organisers - be even better, more diverse and definitely more controversial. The event is open for Bitcoiners and interested folks.
Disclaimer: Robby Schwertner (CryptoRobby.com), a Vienna-based independent blockchain consultant and social media influencer, enLite.AI, an AI-developer company put together the first Austrian Blockchain landscape in 2017 and we update it every year. The landscape includes start-ups, corporates, accelerators, and universities as well as many public institutions, initiatives, and communities. We take this strong backing as a promising sign that the Austrian Blockchain landscape goes well beyond adopting new technology, but is also discussed in a wider societal context. You’re welcome to reuse the infographic below as long as the content remains unmodified, in full and proper reference to the source is mentioned. Someone missing on the landscape? Please tell us: email@example.com 😇