‘The Rise of ICO’ – Is crypto currency the future of start-up financing?

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A star-studded summit on ICO and their future as financing model for companies with business models suited to crypto currency.

Linz, 22 August 2017. The first half of 2017 was marked by a rapid boom in Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs): While the first quarter of this year saw companies collecting more than 69 million US dollars via ICOs, this value rose to 800 million US dollars in the second quarter – an increase by a factor of 11 (!) in just a few weeks. ICOs have meanwhile also reached the German-speaking region: for example, two weeks ago, with the launch of its own crypto currency ‘HERO’, Viennese start-up ‘herosphere’ announced the first ICO in line with Austrian legislation. Despite the hype: ICOs are currently moving in a murky regulatory framework, with many referring to a ‘Wild West’. At the startup300 event ‘The Rise of ICOs’, over the course of two days on 2 and 3 October, myths will be debunked, facts scrutinized and ICOs identified for what they are: an exciting option for corporate financing and the representation of a new business model for digital start-ups.

ICOs – questions upon questions

Do ICOs now represent the future of corporate financing, especially that of digital start-ups? Or is a bubble being inflated, which – unregulated by the legislator and uninfluenced by investor protection – actually contains important risks at present? What must start-ups heed when seeking capital from the crowd with an own cryptocurrency? What are the current legal andfiscal framework conditions? How are successful ICOs structured?

‘The Rise of ICO’ – 2 – 3 October, Tabakfabrik, Linz

Within the scope of the conference ‘The Rise of ICO’ on 2 and 3 October, not only will international speakers inthe Tabakfabrik, Linz, talk about the great visions for this special, crypocurrency-based financing, but best practice examples and Deep Dive sessions will also provide tangible and concrete insights into the legal and fiscal frameworks, as well as intotechnical and marketing-relevant issues. On Monday evening, startup300 is extending an invitation to visitors and speakers to exchange and network by means of a networking event.

The current agenda can be found in detail here:

A line-up of prominent and international speakers

Early October will see the gathering in Linz of the Who’s Who of the crypto economy, as well as experienced international experts(the complete andup-to-date speaker line-up is available here:

  • Brock Pierce: managing partner at Blockchain Capital (founded in 2013, the first VC fund dedicated to the bitcoin/blockchain ecosystem), chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation;
  • Richard Kastelein: founder and publisher, among other things, of Blockchain News (specialised in blockchain technology and theory);
  • Jamie Burke: experienced investor in blockchain start-ups, who has spoken with more than 1,200 blockchain start-ups, and has raised 10 million US dollars in just 6 hours (;
  • Luka Müller: partner at MME (one of the leading law firms specialised in advising blockchain companies in the technology sector), key areas of legal expertise: technology, regulatory compliance, digital finance, and much more, has provided support for Ethereum (Protocol), Tezos (Protocol), Dfinity (Protocol), Interchain (Interchain of Protocols), Golem (Dapp), among others.
  • Julian Hosp (TenX):MatejMichalko (DECENT), Daniel Zakrisson ( 3 founders from the Top 10 of the world’s most successful ICOs;
  • Bernd Lapp (SwarmCity): Swarm City, affected by a ‘virtual theft’ mid July 2017, reacted on Twitter with the hashtag#StillBelieveinCrypto, reporting on, by his own account, a not entirely successful ICO.

All information concerning the speaker line-up

The current agendaof ‘The Rise of ICO’:

 Early bird tickets available from 21August

With immediate effect, a restricted number of early bird tickets for ‘The Rise of ICO’ are now available online The event is limited to 350 participants.

Press contact:

Bernhard Lehner

+43 664 439 86 09

[email protected]

About startup300

startup300 AG ( is an Austrian business angel network and start-up infrastructure provider. startup300was founded in December 2015 by Bernhard Lehner and Michael Eisler. Behind startup300 are 135 Austrian start-up-oriented companies and business angels, includingHansiHansmann, Michael Altrichter, founder of Runtastic and, Stefan Kalteis, NikoAlm and Gabriel Grabner. startup300 is currently investing in30 start-ups and, in 2016, raised an investment volume of eight million euro. June 2017 saw the startup300 ecosystem being joined by factory300, a start-up campus in the Linz-based Tabakfabrik, as well as the business consultancy think300.

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