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To ICO or not ICO?, April 26, Berlin

SIBB Forum Finance:

Während der Veranstaltung präsentieren wir | During this event we will present:

(Most of the Speeches and the Discussion will be held in German as we will discussing the legal aspects in Germany)

1) ICO – what is it exactly? – Agnieszka Sarnecka, NEUFUND

– Core Markets

– Token Design:

– White Paper:

– Terms & Conditions / Cancellation rights

– Risks

– How to make it properly?

2) Law, Tax & Compliance – André Eggert, LACORE RECHTSANWÄLTE

Is there a solution to the issues above in Germany?

3) My own ICO! – Volker Brendel, CTO KODAKOne

A success story of KODAKOne – a revolutionary new image rights management and protection platform

4) Alternatives to own ICOs

Neufund – a blockchain-based and investor-directed platform which bridges the world of cryptocurrency and equity


Financing your startup or high-tech company with classic methods and ICOs – how to combine it?

A vibrant discussion with:

  • Thomas Schröter – förderbar
  • Agnieszka Sarnecka – Neufund
  • André Eggert – Lacore Rechtsanwälte
  • Fabian Leipelt – WestTech Ventures
  • Fabian Westerheide – ASGARD.VC
  • Volker Brendel – KODAKOne


Eine Erhebung der US-Firma The Control ergibt, dass Initial Coin Offerings – ICOs – zwischen April 2016 und April 2017 jungen Tech-Unternehmen in der Frühphase mehr als doppelt soviel Wagniskapital zur Verfügung gestellt haben als klassiche VC-Investoren. Demnach wurden über ICOs etwa 330 Millionen US-Dollar in Blockchain-basierte Startups investiert, während VCs nur etwa 140 Millionen US-Dollar investierten.

Es ist anzunehmen, dass der Abstand zwischen VC und ICO in den letzten Monaten noch größer geworden ist. Doch sind nicht alle Zweifel zur Finanzierung durch Krypto-Finanzierung ausgeräumt und es steht zudem immer noch der Verdachtsmoment der Blase im Raum. Welche Risiken sehen Investoren, welche Chancen sehen Unternehmen – und umgekehrt.

In diesem Forum Finance werden Experten beider Seiten (ICOs und VC als auch Investoren und Unternehmer) die neue Finanzierungsform unter die Lupe nehmen und Chancen und Risiken gegenüber anderen Finanzierungsformen abwägen. Sie sind herzlich eingeladen!


A survey conducted by the US company The Control shows that between April 2016 and April 2017, Initial Coin Offerings – ICOs – provided more than twice as much venture capital to young tech companies in their early stages than classic VC investors. As a result, about $ 330 million were invested via ICOs in blockchain-based startups, while VCs invested only about $ 140 million.

Experts assume that the gap between VC and ICO investements has increased even more in the recent months. But ICOs have received a lot of criticism and not all doubts about crypto-financing are eliminated ,as blockchain fervour evokes memories of dotcom bubble. What are the risks for investors and what are the opportunities for companies – and vice versa.

In this Forum Finance experts from both sides (ICOs & VCs as well as Investors & Entrepreneurs) will have a look at this new financial tool and analyse the chances and risks in connection to other / classical form of financing. You are more than welcome to join us in the discussion!