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Our Mission

The Frankfurt School Blockchain Center is a think tank and research center which investigates implications of the blockchain technology for companies and their business models. Besides the development of prototypes, it serves as a platform for managers, start-ups, technology and industry experts to share knowledge and best practices. The Blockchain Center also provides new research impulses and develops trainings for students and executives. It focuses on banking, mobility, “Industrie 4.0” and the energy sector.

Foster understanding of blockchain technology and their business potential for a variety of stakeholders.

Generate new knowledge about commercial, managerial and societal implications of blockchain technologies.

Educate executives and students about blockchain technology.

Develop prototypes to evaluate blockchain concepts and assess applicability in existing business processes.

Build a strong community of blockchain experts, corporates, industry experts and entrepreneurial talents.

Focus on specific areas such as banking, insurance, energy, mobility, “Industrie 4.0”.

News

Webinar "How do I use the blockchain correctly? First steps to the successful realization of concrete business cases" on June 20, 2018: Companies are increasingly dependent on efficient cooperation with partners. This requires a technical and organizational basis that enables networking digitally without using third-party systems to exchange information; this can be achieved through the blockchain technology. In this webinar, Thomas Müller, Co-Founder and CEO of contractus GmbH, will explain to us the prerequisites that must be taken into account to implement blockchain projects.

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Workshop "Open Blockchains: Hands-on Workshop" on June 21, 2018 in Frankfurt: The goal of this event is to provide an interactive view of the fundamental concepts of public blockchains with a focus on Bitcoin and Ethereum. Besides the theoretical overview, the workshop will provide the participants with deep hands-on experience.
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Seminar “How to buy and manage crypto assets? How to participate in ICOs?” on June 21, 2018 in Frankfurt: Investments in crypto assets and participation in ICOs (Initial Coin Offerings) are becoming increasingly popular. However, there are several basic principles investors should bear in mind to make successful investments. This seminar gives both beginners and advanced investors well-founded insights into the crypto currency market and helps participants to make the right decisions with important expert tips about buying and storing crypto assets.
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1-Week Summer School “Crypto Startup School 2018” on June 25 to June 29, 2018 in Frankfurt: The Frankfurt School Blockchain Center and the German Tech Entrepreneurship Center jointly organize the Crypto Startup School. Over the course of one week, participants have the opportunity to obtain insights on relevant subjects during lectures, network with others and develop their own ICO business model in a group project. Additionally, the best three projects win a prize money and have the chance to see their ICO project come to life.
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Seminar “Taxation of crypto currencies and tokens” on June 26, 2018 in Frankfurt: Investors in crypto assets made high profits in the last year and experts estimate the number of Bitcoin owners in Germany at approximately 800,000, including numerous legal entities. However, the taxation of profits from crypto currency remains a complicated issue. That is why the Frankfurt School Blockchain Center is organizing a seminar on this topic. Leading tax experts for crypto currencies will explain the taxation of Bitcoin and other crypto assets in detail, so that tax consultants can also advise their clients in the best possible way.
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Webinar “How to buy and manage crypto assets? How to participate in ICOs?” on July 3, 2018: Investments in crypto assets and participation in ICOs (Initial Coin Offerings) are becoming increasingly popular. However, there are several basic principles investors should bear in mind to make successful investments. This webinar gives both beginners and advanced investors an overview of the crypto currency market and informs participants about buying and storing crypto assets.
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Seminar “Taxation of crypto currencies and tokens” on July 10, 2018 in Munich: Investors in crypto assets made high profits in the last year and experts estimate the number of Bitcoin owners in Germany at approximately 800,000, including numerous legal entities. However, the taxation of profits from crypto currency remains a complicated issue. That is why the Frankfurt School Blockchain Center is organizing a seminar on this topic. Leading tax experts for crypto currencies will explain the taxation of Bitcoin and other crypto assets in detail, so that tax consultants can also advise their clients in the best possible way.
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Hackathon “Blockchain 4 Business: Building Better IoT Products With The Blockchain” on July 15th, 2018 in Munich: The event takes place in cooperation with IBM, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz and nexussquared. The goal of the event is to not just to talk, but really implement blockchain prototypes. Intensive four days at IBM IoT Watson Tower. Come and build with us. Max. participants: 100. 
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Seminar “Taxation of crypto currencies and tokens” on July 20, 2018 in Frankfurt: Investors in crypto assets made high profits in the last year and experts estimate the number of Bitcoin owners in Germany at approximately 800,000, including numerous legal entities. However, the taxation of profits from crypto currency remains a complicated issue. That is why the Frankfurt School Blockchain Center is organizing a seminar on this topic. Leading tax experts for crypto currencies will explain the taxation of Bitcoin and other crypto assets in detail, so that tax consultants can also advise their clients in the best possible way.
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Seminar “Taxation of crypto currencies and tokens” on August 21, 2018 in Munich: Investors in crypto assets made high profits in the last year and experts estimate the number of Bitcoin owners in Germany at approximately 800,000, including numerous legal entities. However, the taxation of profits from crypto currency remains a complicated issue. That is why the Frankfurt School Blockchain Center is organizing a seminar on this topic. Leading tax experts for crypto currencies will explain the taxation of Bitcoin and other crypto assets in detail, so that tax consultants can also advise their clients in the best possible way.
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Course "Certified Blockchain Expert" from October 24, 2018 to January 21, 2019 in Frankfurt: This course is designed for everybody who wants to acquire IT and business skills in blockchain technology. The course has an IT track and a business track such that it is suitable for both IT experts and business developers who seek to understand blockchain technology and crypto currencies. Among others, we focus on the Ethereum and the Hyperledger platforms. From an IT perspective, this includes writing smart contracts and decentralised applications (DApps). Further, from a business perspective, we provide an understanding of the variety of possible blockchain use cases and business models. The program consists of two 4-day weeks and a final term paper.
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Current Projects

Research

  • Joint research project: blockchain-based policy generation of situative insurances
  • Study: potential of blockchain-based applications in underdeveloped countries
  • Technical whitepaper: Ethereum-based smart contract for asset-backed securities
Education
  • Lectures for bachelor, master, MBA: teaching blockchain technology, crypto currencies etc. in bachelor, master and MBA courses
  • Theses: various blockchain-related topics for bachelor, master, MBA theses
  • Certificate programme: development of a training programme
  • Digital Innovation & Fintech: dedicated bachelor programme

Prototypes
  • Implementation project: architecture for decentralized access control based on blockchain technologies
Community
  • “Blockchain Talks”: this event will be organized regularly at Frankfurt School; kick-off on May 9, 2017
  • Blockchain conference: taking place on April 24, 2017 at Frankfurt School
  • Workshop for top managers: impact of decentralized blockchain-based energy markets on the business model of energy utility companies
  • Participation in Korean-German Blockchain Alliance Working Group
Start-ups
  • Start-up support: establishing B2B contacts for a start-up in the area of Blockchain-based virtual private payment networks

Associations

The Blockchain Bundesverband (Blockchain Association Germany) promotes the use of blockchain technology at the business location Germany. The association represents interests of startups and companies that want to develop business models based on blockchain technology. The Frankfurt School Blockchain Center is a founding member.

IOTA is being built for serving as the backbone of the new autonomous machine economy. The tangle ledger is able to settle transactions with zero fees so that devices can trade exact amounts of resources on-demand. Frankfurt School Blockchain Center is a participant of IOTA‘s Data Marketplace.

MAMA is a trade body which represents asset management companies, investors, technology providers, service providers and ecosystem players interested in working towards a new vision for asset management using blockchain and other supporting decentralized technologies. The Frankfurt School Blockchain Center is a founding member.

Past Projects

Joint workshop with Deutsche Bundesbank
  • 6th Central Banking Workshop on “Blockchain Technology: Opportunities and Challenges”
  • Four-day workshop (in November 2016) on blockchain technologies together with Deutsche Bundesbank
  • Target audience: central banks, regulators
  • Speakers from European central banks, financial institutions, EU Parliament, industry and academia
  • Presentations by Blythe Masters (Digital Asset Holdings), Charley Cooper (R3CEV), Dirk Schrade (Deutsche Bundesbank), Tony Freeman (DTCC), Peter Roßbach (Frankfurt School) and others
  • Technological achievements of blockchain technologies and possible business cases
  • Discussion from the viewpoint of central banks and regulators
Studies on the impact of blockchain technologies

“Study on blockchain technologies and its implications”

  • Fundamentals of the blockchain concept
  • Types of blockchains and consensus mechanisms
  • Application areas for blockchain technologies

Roßbach, P. (2016), Blockchain-Technologien und ihre Implikationen. Banking and Information Technology (BIT), Vol. 17(1), pp. 54-69.

“The Impact of Blockchain Technology on the Payments Industry – A Delphi Study”

  • Project conducted by the ProcessLab
  • Analysis of the impact on business models and business processes

Holotiuk, F., Pisani, F.,Moormann, J. (2017), The Impact of Blockchain Technology on Business Models in the Payments Industry, in: Proceedings of 13th International Conference on Wirtschaftsinformatik (WI 2017), St. Gallen, pp. 912-926 

Proof of concept on trading loans using Ethereum

While many different institutions work on the settlement part of trading financial instruments, few have looked into the advantages Blockchain can offer for trading of loans.

In a proof of concept we show the following advantages:

  • Easier bondholder communication while keeping holders anonymous
  • Anonymous BWICs and AWICs while trust is established through distribution using the technology layer
  • Smart contracts enable the inclusion of fiat currencies into the transaction flow

Study on patent ownership of crypto currency-related technologies
  • Analysis of patents filed in the area of blockchain and crypto currencies
  • Core technology cannot be protected due to open source
  • But increasingly strong patent activity for various further facets of related technologies
  • Mostly US financial companies file patents
  • Joint study together with the patent law firm KNH Patentanwälte

The Team

Heads

Prof. Dr. Philipp Sandner

  • Blockchain and Bitcoin experience for several years
  • Strong entrepreneurship record after having founded multiple companies
  • Project manager in IT development projects
  • Studied business administration with focus on business informatics and IT at Universität Mannheim
  • PhD at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München with focus on corporate IP portfolio analytics

Prof. Dr. Peter Roßbach

  • Blockchain and Bitcoin experience for several years
  • Academic Director of the bachelor programs "Digital Innovation & Fintech" and "Business Information Systems“
  • Main research areas are Blockchain technologies, IT security and data analytics
  • PhD and habilitation at Philipps-Universität Marburg

Vahe Andonians

  • Serial entrepreneur, having founded and successfully sold four companies in the last 15 years
  • Strong focus on disruptive technologies developed by start-ups
  • Engineer in information and high frequency technology from the Federal Higher Technical Institute for Education and Experimentation in Moedling, Austria
  • MBA from the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom
Frankfurt School Experts

Prof. Dr. Daniel Beimborn

Areas of Expertise:

  • Digital transformation
  • IT management
  • IT governance

Christian Schätzlein

Areas of Expertise:

  • High-profile training programs, seminars & workshops
  • Banking, regulation & governance

Philipp Schulden

Areas of Expertise:

  • Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs)
  • Use case development
  • Cryptocurrency analysis

Constantin Lichti

Areas of Expertise:

  • Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs)
  • Crowdfunding
  • Entrepreneurial finance
  • Applications of blockchain and DLT systems

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Moormann

Areas of Expertise:

  • Process management
  • Digital payments
  • Banking
  • Business model

Wolfgang Weicht

Areas of Expertise:

  • Digital transformation
  • Social architecture
  • Service design
  • Community building

Luca Frignani

Areas of Expertise:

  • Applications of blockchain and DLT systems
  • Applied machine learning
  • Artificial intelligence

Veronika Kütt

Areas of Expertise:

  • Crypto Assets
  • Self-sovereign identity
  • Identity management

External Experts

Christoph Kreiterling

Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht, BaFin

Area of Expertise:

  • Blockchain technology research

PD Dr. Martin Fries

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Areas of Expertise:

  • Legal tech
  • Smart contracts
  • Civil law
  • Civil procedure
  • Comparative law
  • Law and technology

Dennis Knochenwefel

Reportix

Areas of Expertise:

  • Insurance
  • InsurTech
  • RegTech
  • xBRL
  • Standardized extensible smart contract solutions

Manuel Utz

stromDAO

Areas of Expertise:

  • Decentralized energy supply models
  • Blockchain-based application models for the energy market
  • Peer-to-peer business models

Thore Hildebrandt

Grid Singularity

Areas of Expertise:

  • Smart contracts
  • Ethereum
  • Finance
  • Asset backed securities

Klaus Himmer

21 Consulting GmbH

Areas of Expertise:

  • Taxation & Accounting of digital Assets

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  • Multishore Tax Reporting

  • Crypto Assets

  • Crypto Fund Reporting

Oliver Nägele

Blockchain Helix

Areas of Expertise:

  • Identity management
  • KYC/AML
  • Blockchain frameworks
  • Infrastructure

Henri de Jong

Quantoz

Areas of Expertise:

  • Industrie 4.0
  • Smart factories
  • Supply chains

Dr. Jochen Biedermann

Blockchain Asia, Frankfurt Main Finance

Areas of Expertise:

  • International blockchain and Fintech projects
  • Cooperation with Asia
  • Business development

Moritz Strube

Botconnect

Areas of Expertise:

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Internet of things (IoT)
  • Conversational user interfaces

Georg Runge

DLT Capital

Areas of Expertise:

  • Company building / incubator / accelerators
  • (Good) impact investment
  • ICO/ ITO advisory
  • Tokenized funds

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