Ryan Taylor

Dash, BlockCypher launch grant program for blockchain-focused companies

Payments-focused digital currency Dash and BlockCypher are offering grants to startups and established companies developing blockchain-based solutions in new sectors and markets.

Chosen companies receive funding for blockchain web services and hosting, consulting, project testing, and integration support.

“The Dash Core Group has a history of providing support for businesses seeking to integrate Dash, but now we can do so in an official, mutually beneficial way,” Dash Core CEO Ryan Taylor said. “BlockCypher is a wonderful partner for Dash and has been instrumental in attracting new businesses to leverage our network. This program simply extends our support in a structured way to the numerous leads BlockCypher generates for the network.”

Ryan Taylor

An early recipient is Patientory, which is developing a blockchain for securely and efficiently recording patient data. They are integrating the Dash public blockchain with their private blockchain using BlockCypher’s APIs. Via public and permissioned blockchains, healthcare providers can quickly and securely settle medical bills. Parties can use BlockCypher web services to maintain Dash wallets and settle accounts on Dash’s network.

Patientory’s enterprise solution and mobile app is scheduled for release by the end of 2017.

“We are excited to work with Dash and BlockCypher,” Patientory CEO Chrissa McFarlane said. “Using BlockCypher’s web services, we will be the first healthcare blockchain to show interoperability between blockchain networks. This is a major leap forward for how blockchains can be used to process healthcare claims payments.”

“Our grant program encourages businesses to commit to blockchain and Dash in particular, because Dash has extremely high scalability potential,” Mr. Taylor said. “The projects we are funding accelerate this commitment and help highlight the advantages of working with Dash compared with other public blockchains.”

“With BlockCypher web services and experience, the goal of this program is to seed projects in regions and use cases where blockchain technology has been underdeveloped,” BlockCypher head of growth Karen Hsu said. “This program is teaming up blockchain focused companies to encourage other companies to adopt blockchain technology. It also uniquely has structured phases towards commercialization.”

Funding is available to companies seeking blockchain technology solutions in nine categories, including healthcare, KYC, payments, IoT, insurance, supply chain, telecommunications, and identity. The funded amount depends on project size and potential.

To participate in the Dash BlockCypher grant program, send an email to [email protected].

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