Melonport’s Mona El Isa is European Blockchain Startup Founder of the Year

05.07.2018 13:51
Mona El Isa Melonport

El Isa received the category prize at the «The Europas» for her company Melonport, a Zug based startup building multi-chain capable software for asset management. Two other honourees have a connection to Switzerland.

The Europas Unconference and Awards for European Tech Startups are awards for Europe’s hottest tech startup. The award recognizes the newest companies, most forward-thinking, progressive and innovative startups in the scene. It also brings together the mid- and late-stage technology startups, as well as leading investors and media in the EMEA region. Startups could apply for a spot in one of the 20 categories.

The community determines the winners for each category through public voting. The winners of that round were combined with the top picks by an expert-judging panel to determine the hottest European startups across all verticals. All attendees, nominees, and winners of the Europas Awards will receive discounts to TechCrunch Disrupt in Berlin later this year.

The winners from Switzerland include;
Mona El Isa, the founder of the Zug-based Melonport, won the category "Hottest Blockchain/Crypto Startup Founder". Her startup, Melonport, is building the open-source Melon Protocol, a blockchain protocol for digital asset management built on the Ethereum platform. It enables participants to set up, manage and invest in digital asset management strategies in an open, competitive and decentralized manner.

One of the judges commented: “El Isa is considered a blockchain industry thought leader and Melonport is poised to change the game in crypto asset management and governance.”

Two other startups with a connection to Switzerland also swept away awards at the event. These include:

Polkadot.io: the project secured the first place in the category «Hottest Blockchain Protocol Project». Developed by the Zug based web3foundation, Polkadot is a heterogeneous multi-chain network that allows independent blockchains to exchange information. Being an inter-chain protocol, it enforces the order and the validity of the messages between the chains. This interoperability also allows for scalability by creating a general environment for multiple state machines. While Polkadot is run in Berlin, the foundation behind it (web3foundation) is registered in the Swiss commercial register in the Kanton of Zug.

Bancor: the startup won the category the Hottest Blockchain ICO Europe sponsored by Columbus Capital. With headquarters in Zug, Bancor built the «Bancor Protocol», a platform for the creation of Smart Tokens, cryptocurrencies with built-in convertibility directly through their smart contracts. Bancor utilizes an innovative token “Connector” method to enable formulaic price calculation and continuous liquidity for all compliant tokens, without needing to match two parties in an exchange. Smart Tokens interconnect to form token liquidity networks, allowing user-generated cryptocurrencies to thrive. The startup received $153 million in its ICO.

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