Last year we looked at 12 start-ups based in the Swiss canton of Zug to watch. The area has earned the sobriquet Crypto Valley, or the Silicon Valley of Finance, due to the massive concentration of fintech, cryptocurrency, e-commerce and blockchain start-ups.


This time we are looking at 12 start-ups from around the world that have been selected to join the first cohort of CV VC (Crypto Valley Venture Capital) CV Labs Incubation programme. The second edition of this programme starts in autumn 2019, and applications can be submitted here.


CV VC will invest up to $125,000 in seed funding into the 12 participating early-stage blockchain companies in return for 10pc equity. Participants in the programme benefit from an extensive curriculum, education and coaching, the CV Labs network, the workspace, and a series of events.


Out of 500 applications, 12 start-ups were chosen for the first cohort and have relocated to Zug for the 10-week programme. As outlined by CV VC, the start-ups selected for the accelerator are listed below.



AdHash (Bulgaria)



The AdHash protocol cuts the dead weight from the digital ad ecosystem to bring efficiency and trust. AdHash rebuilds a real-time bidding framework from the ground up, combining first-party ad hosting and unique hash IDs to eliminate the majority of ad fraud vectors, delivering transparency and control to advertisers, publishers and users.


Assembl (US)


Assembl is improving the quality and accessibility of scientific data by interconnecting disparate data sources and positively incentivising data interchange with simple and scalable software solutions.


BitFreezer (US)




Tezsure has created an insurance marketplace where users can create new insurance policies and products as a group. It simplifies and aligns goals for participants in the insurance market with the use of AI and smart contracts.


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