EY Startup Challenge To Focus on Building Blockchain Solutions


    The EY Startup Challenge is returning with a focus on building Blockchain solutions for two key industry challenges, digital rights management and energy trading. The EY Startup Challenge is a mentorship-driven programme designed to unlock new solutions, helping accelerate the product and business development of disruptive technology startups.

    During the six week programme, the six selected startups will move into an innovation hub in the office space of a technology accelerator in Canary Wharf, London. They will have access to a selection of mentors from EY and EY’s clients, a series of educational workshops, and regular contact with market leading businesses. The programme ends with a showcase day on 20th, October 2016 where the startups will demonstrate the solutions they have built. For the first time, the startups will produce prototypes that will give potential clients the opportunity to interact with their products. 

    Steve Varley, Chairman and Managing Partner, EY UK and Ireland, says:

    “As one of the most globally integrated professional services networks, we work with some of the world’s largest organisations to help them tackle their most pressing issues. The EY Startup Challenge is a hugely important initiative for EY and brings together our people, our clients and other industry professionals to help exciting young startups with their innovative ideas. The EY Startup Challenge helps to develop and refine solutions and builds business relationships that continue well beyond the end of the programme.”

    Tackling digital rights management through Blockchain

    Today’s media world is characterised by more content, in more formats, being consumed on an ever-changing mix of platforms. Media companies are looking to improve their investments in content, make better use of their current assets and better assess risks. To take on these issues, EY is looking for startups with Blockchain technologies that can address the following areas:

    • Tracking and visibility of content rights as it is created and incorporated in works
    • Access and control over content to ensure that the user has rights to view or use the content
    • Making and receiving payments for use of proprietary content to content ownerS

    Making energy trading more transparent and less complex through Blockchain

    Energy trading is a highly complex sector, where transparency of the supply chain and liquidity is critical to a successful global marketplace. While a large proportion of global trading activity is relatively routine and simple, complex long term contracts are also a feature of the sector. Despite developments to bring technology into the sector, trading in energy and commodities remains a fundamentally manual and complex process, and this can create a lack of transparency and inefficiencies that increases risk and operational costs.

    Blockchain technology has the potential to help energy trading organisations transform the way trades are created and settled, driving down costs and increasing the speed and reducing the risks in the market. This could provide greater confidence and boost liquidity in the marketplace.

    Jamie Qiu, Founder and Lead of the EY Startup Challenge, EY says:

    “We are very excited to be holding a third EY Startup Challenge in London after two successful programmes here and one in Berlin. This time, we are looking for startups using Blockchain that have a beta product launched, have some seed funding, and are looking for access to clients and customers in order to continue to grow and develop. If you are one of these startups, we would love to hear from you.”

    Key Dates

    Applications are now open for startups with a 14th August deadline for submissions. After the application and selection of six startups, the programme will begin with an induction day in early September and the challenge will commence formally on 12th September, running for a total of six weeks.

    To apply for the EY Startup Challenge, please follow the link