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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

“Blockchain & Crypto Initiative: What is Hashgraph? What is Hedera? In-depth introduction to a next-gen DLT” on May 3, 2018: At the event, Paul Madsen, Technical Lead of Swirlds, developers of the Hashgraph consensus algorithm, will share the latest insights on the new open Hedera Hashgraph platform, which is promising to overcome current hurdles of existing blockchains, like Bitcoin or Ethereum.
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Seminar “Blockchain, Patents and Intellectual Property” on May 16, 2018 in Munich: The event takes place in cooperation with Dennemeyer & Associates, the Technische Universität München (Chair for Strategy and Organization) and the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (Chair for Internet Business and Internet Services). The goal of the event is to analyze the implications of the blockchain technology for intellectual property protection.
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“Crypto Funds: Vehicle For Investing in Crypto Assets” on May 24, 2018: Fund structures for crypto assets  (e.g., Bitcoin, Ethereum, IOTA, NEO) are presented at this event. The event also serves as a platform for an open dialog about investment opportunities in crypto assets, its risks, and structuring possibilities. Also, possibilities to evaluate cryptocurrencies are explored. The topics will be addressed by experts such as Hans Stamm (Dechert, lawyer for structuring funds), Christian Labetzsch and Christoph Impekoven (Crypto Core), David Finkenstädt (Postera Capital), Philipp Sandner (Frankfurt School Blockchain Center) and Klaus Himmer (CryptoTax).
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Workshop “Ethereum Basics for Use Cases Development” on May 29, 2018 in Frankfurt: During this hands-on workshop, participants will have the opportunity to explore the fundamentals of the Ethereum protocol, to analyze the potential for change through smart contracts and to learn about the resulting implications. Also, they will create their first use case.
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“Crypto Startup School 2018” on June 25-29, 2018: 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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Course "Certified Blockchain Expert" from April 25 – June 30, 2018: 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

Constantin Lichti

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

Veronika Kütt

External Experts

Christoph Kreiterling

Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht, BaFin

Area of Expertise:

  • Blockchain technology research

PD Dr. Martin Fries

LMU 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

Standard & Poor´s

Areas of Expertise:

  • Smart contracts
  • Ethereum
  • Finance
  • Asset backed securities

Klaus Himmer

21 Consulting GmbH

Areas of Expertise:

  • Taxation
  • Accounting
  • Digital Economy
  • Business Development

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

Areas of Expertise:

  • Company Building / Incubator / Accelerators
  • (Good) Impact Investment
  • ICO/ ITO advisory
  • Tokenized Funds

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