The Melbourne FinTech community brought together a bunch of interested parties recently to find out what’s happening locally in Bitcoin and Blockchain. Organised by the Melbourne Bitcoin, FinTech and Silicon Beach Meetups, and hosted by the Melbourne Bitcoin Technology Centre (MBTC), the evening was part open house, part info sharing, and part pitch night.
The MBTC is now a recognised hub for Bitcoin and Blockchain activities, and currently hosts around a dozen startups within its co-working space. Offering a “full service” facility (it even has a Bitcoin miner on site), complete with staffed reception, meeting rooms, event space, a pod cast studio and an outdoor barbecue area, it’s something of a hidden gem in Melbourne’s Southbank. Regulars also get to attend Bitcoin “swap meets”…..
Last week’s event also featured a number of micro-pitches from Bitcoin and Blockchain startups, a few of the MBTC staff and tenants, and a couple of student projects from RMIT.
Given this was almost “speed pitching“, it’s probably not appropriate to go into too much detail:
- Toodles – a dating app on a decentralized network, using a Blockchain solution for additional security and privacy
- Blockfreight – the Blockchain for global freight, enabling cargo containers to be shipped around the world with minimal legacy documentation, based on smart contracts, RFID and Blockfreight tokens
- blockTRAIN – a training provider and consultancy on Blockchain, smart contracts and digital currencies
- Bitcoin Buskers v2 – sort of MySpace/Bandcamp/SoundCloud for Buskers, to promote their merchandise and to secure international festival bookings, all powered by Bitcoin
- ACX – Australian Crypto Exchange, offering the largest single Bitcoin order book in Australia
- Bitcoin Group – explaining that most Bitcoin mining is currently done in China due to cheaper electricity
- Antstand – portable laptop stand (which you can buy with Bitcoin!)
- Think Bitcoin – providing consulting and education services, particularly in schools
- Lyra – an app to track and reduce your personal environmental impact, sort of Fitbit and Smart Meter combined
- ImagineNation – innovation consultancy, backed by training and coaching, and featuring a 2-day startup game to help organisations transform cultural mindsets around agile, lean, design thinking, UX and incubator/accelerator concepts
- Brave New Coin – the “Bloomberg for Bitcoin”, providing market data (prices, rates, indices, news) for Bitcoin and other digital currencies*
With the next Bitcoin halving due soon, and a significant uptick in FinTech, Blockchain and Digital Asset investments announced during Q2, this sector is going to look very interesting for some time to come, and it’s good to know that Melbourne, whose fortunes were founded on gold, is staking a claim in these new asset classes.
* Declaration of Interest: I have recently joined the team at Brave New Coin as Head of Business Development – more news to follow….
Next week: University Challenge – Startup Victoria’s Student Pitch Night