Top 12 blockchain startup ICOs in Feb 2018

Which startups raising funds through ICOs are most likely to succeed? Using Aingel’s AI based Deal Flow Analyzer, we generate an Inception Score™ that helps investors identify the next game-changing companies in the blockchain space.

Here are the top 12 blockchain startups our algorithm picked out of 69 ICOs launching this month:

1. GiftCoin

Inception Score™: 99%

ICO Date: 1 Feb – 1 March 2018

Founded: 2017

Number of Founders: 5

Headquarters: UK

What is it about?

GiftCoin is a cryptocurrency for charitable causes. It promises donors delivery of funds to the exact causes they have chosen while offering charities more transparency, funds and greater impact.

Who’s behind it?

Alex Howard is charity founder and visionary. He founded The Optimum Health Clinic in 2004, a UK charity with patients in 40 countries. He also founded Conscious Life, a self-development online platform. He holds a BSc in Psychology from Swansea University.

Tim Bichara is co-founder and technology consultant. An entrepreneur and CPO, he co-founded Q App, a FinTech startup that was acquired by Yoyo wallet in 2016. He was recognized in 2015 by Times as one of the top 10 disrupters to watch. He earned his BA from the University of London.

Jonathan Beddoes is co-founder and advisor. He is an entrepreneur and investor who started his career at 15 by launching a web hosting company. He founded Monetisation, a software platform; Techtopia, a tech incubator; and Safer Technologies, a security software company acquired by Avast Software. He studied Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Vlerick Business School. He also holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Manchester.

Ben Evans is co-founder and CTO. He is a technologist and blockchain enthusiast with previous work experience at Morgan Stanley, where he oversaw the 2004 Google IPO. He was also lead architect at Deutsche Bank prior to co-founding JClarity. He wrote a number of books on Java Development. He holds an MA in Mathematics from Cambridge University.

Christopher Cain is co-founder, IT consultant and entrepreneur. He specializes in designing and implementing decentralized P2P networks, as well as consulting on blockchain platforms in the cryptocurrency space. He holds a BSc in Computer Science from Lamar University.

2. RightMesh

Inception Score™: 92%

ICO Date: 13 – 27 Feb 2018

Founded: 2017

Number of Founders: 3

Headquarters: Canada

What is it about?

RightMesh is creating an ecosystem that aspires to make the world more connected by empowering next generation digital entrepreneurs. It provides a software solution that can be integrated into all applications without the need of additional infrastructure or hardware, bringing connectivity to populations who don’t have internet access.

Who’s behind it?

Chris Jensen is co-founder and COO, with a banking, corporate development and operations background and experience at several startups. He holds a BSc in Economics and History from Queen Mary University of London.

John Lyotier is co-founder and CEO. He has more than two decades of experience in marketing during which he launched, designed, and jump-started companies and new products. He holds a BA in English and Art History from the University of British Columbia.

Rakib Islam is co-founder and CTO. He is an expert is software architecture development. He is also a member of the Bangladesh Association for Software and Information Services. He holds an MSc in Computer Science and Applications from Pune University, India.

3. Hearthy

Inception Score™: 90%

ICO Date: 5 – 25 Feb 2018

Founded: 2015

Number of Founders: 3

Headquarters: Spain

What is it about?

Hearthy aspires to create a decentralized, patient-centered ecosystem that provides access to improved and affordable healthcare for people regardless of income. Hearthy’s solution focuses on cutting out middlemen to decrease the costs incurred during the access-to-health process, reduce waiting time, and provide quicker access to reliable personal health records through its open source platform.

Who’s behind it?

Javier Blanco is CEO and co-founder. In his 11 years of experience in building digital products, he founded Glue Digital, which serves around 25 million users, and worked with Fortune 500s such as Carrefour, KFC and AXA. He holds a degree in audiovisual communication from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and a Master’s degree in video digital direction from Trazos.

Juan Sebastián Valencia is experienced in the area of medical care innovation, with a focus on helping doctors spend less time analyzing big amounts of data and more time on therapy with patients. He is a project manager in AI for MédecinDirect, and chief medical informatics officer at  Carians. He holds an MD from the Université Paris Descartes, where he also studied Emergency Medicine.

Shafi Ahmed is co-founder of Hearthy and Medical Chief Officer at Medical Realities. He is a member of several esteemed medical associations. He is a medical advisor to Beani Bazar Cancer Hospital Project in Bangladesh. He holds a PhD from Queen Mary University of London with a specialization in colorectal cancer, and a BSc in Medicine from King’s College London.

4. Acomobase

Inception Score™: 89%

ICO Date: 1 – 28 Feb 2018

Founded: 2017

Number of Founders: 5

Headquarters: Cyprus

What is it about?

Acomobase is a blockchain-based and AI-powered decentralized marketplace that offers accommodation using smart contract tokens to connect users with hosts. Its new token, ACO, can be exchanged on the platform between hosts and users, offering a direct P2P international payment that eliminates the middleman.

Who’s behind it?

Alexandros Malioukis is community manager and psychologist. He is a Greece-based therapist with work experience at mental health institutions and a clinical background in a variety of mental disorders. He holds a BSc in Psychology from Ethnikon kai Kapodistriakon Panepistimion Athinon.

Alketas Malioukis is CEO and co-founder. He is experienced in web analytics, business development, social media and content strategy. He holds an MSc in Marketing and Communications with New Technologies from The Athens University of Economics and Business, and an MBA from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

Iulia Lazea is co-founder and business development head. She is experienced in international management consulting with a focus on financial, Oil & Gas, transportation and pharmaceutical industries. She holds a Master’s degree from Universität zu Köln with a specialization in corporate development, organization, HR and asset management. She also holds a BBA from the Academia de Studii Economice din București.

Jiří Svoboda is finance officer and co-founder. He is head of reporting at Kiwi.com, and he perviously held several positions at EY. He studied Accounting and Financial Management at Vysoká škola ekonomická v Praze.

Zenos Pavlakou is co-founder, smart contract developer and blockchain consultant. He holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Sussex.

5. Narrative

Inception Score™: 89%

Total Funding: USD $12,225,000

ICO Date: 15 Feb – 22 March 2018; pre-sale from 7 – 14 Feb 2018

Founded: 2017

Number of Founders: 4

Headquarters: Gibraltar

What is it about?

Narrative is a blockchain-powered content platform and social media network that gives users autonomy and distributes 85 percent of all revenues to active participants who demonstrate positive impact on the quality of content. Narrative uses both cryptocurrency and fiat to reward user-generated content.

Who’s behind it?

Ted O’Neill is co-founder, with more than two decades of experience in creating user-generated content platforms. He is also the founder and CEO of Social Strata, where he has been developing community platforms since the late nineties. He is a viral marketing, UI design and development pioneer. He also created BBCode. He studied at William & Mary University.

Rosemary O’Neill is co-founder of Social Strata, with more than two decades of experience as a writer, speaker and entrepreneur who specializes in online community building, digital marketing and corporate communications. She holds a BA in Political Science from Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Brian Lenz is co-founder and CTO. He is a software engineer and architect with more than 17 years of experience in SaaS, covering software development, security, infrastructure and systems. He is also the VP and CTO of Social Strata. He holds a BSc in Computer Engineering from the University of Washington.

Michael Farris is co-founder, with a track record in the information technology and services industry. He founded Geofy Inc., and he previously held the position of director of learning technologies at Red River College. He holds a PhD in Philosophy and Religious Studies from the University of Toronto, and a BA in English and Philosophy from the University of Toronto – University of Trinity College.

6. PolySwarm

Inception Score™: 89%

ICO Date: 6 Feb – 8 March 2018

Founded: 2017

Number of Founders: 5

Headquarters: US

What is it about?

PolySwarm is a decentralized marketplace that rewards global security experts for identifying malware and building anti-malware engines in a timely manner. It encourages competition between security experts and incentivizes rapid innovation in the cyber threat intelligence space.

Who’s behind it?

Steve Bassi is CEO, developer and co-founder. He founded Narf Industries, an R&D firm that specializes in information security. He has over two decades of experience in information security development. He held key roles in a number of government and industry projects, which included R&D in blockchain-based identity management. He holds an MSc in Computer Science with a specialization in Information Security from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a BSc in Computer Engineering from Santa Clara University.

Paul Makowski is CTO, developer and co-founder, with more than a decade of experience in program analysis, modern software exploitation and cryptography. He reverse engineered malware disinfection tools at Narf for Fortune 100 companies. Prior to that, he led information security research and development at CERT/CC and McAfee. He holds a BSc in Computer Engineering from Santa Clara University, and an MSc in Information Technology and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.

Ben Schmidt is director of product security, developer and co-founder, with more than 10 years of experience in information security. He led automated program analysis research, secure software development and cryptography, among others. He holds BSc and MSc degrees in Computer Science from the University of Tulsa.

Nick Davis is COO, developer and co-founder. He has a track record in leading digital forensics, malware reverse engineering and threat analysis. He also co-founded Narf. He holds MSc and BSc degrees in Computer Science from the Naval Postgraduate School, and the University of Minnesota -Twin Cities, respectively.

Maxwell Koo is co-founder and senior backend developer with nine years of experience in secure software engineering, digital forensics and vulnerability analysis. He holds a double BSc degree in Computer Science and Electrical & Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

7. Havven

Inception Score™: 87%

Total Funding: USD  $250,000

ICO Date: 28 Feb – 6 March 2018

Founded: 2017

Number of Founders: 1

Headquarters: Australia

What is it about?

Havven is a decentralized blockchain based payment network that aspires to solve the volatility issue of cryptocurrencies by allowing holders of its tokens to issue a secondary US dollar-denominated token. By connecting collateral holders with users who need low volatility, Havven enables a stability market that is driven by incentives; collaterals are compensated when users transact in stablecoin.

Who’s behind it?

Kain Warwick is founder of Havven and CEO of Blueshyft, one of Australia’s biggest cryptocurrency payment platforms with a transaction volume worth tens of millions. He previously founded Ai and Pouncer. He has a BSc in Genetics from The University of New South Wales, Australia.

8. Medicalchain

Inception Score™: 87%

ICO Date: 1 Feb 2018

Founded: 2017

Number of Founders: 2

Headquarters: UK

What is it about?

Medicalchain is developing a blockchain-based electronic health records platform, allowing users to give health professionals access to their personal data. Medicalchain will also be used for building applications and services that enhance the user experience.

Who’s behind it?

Abdullah Albeyatti is co-founder and CEO. He also co-founded Discharge Summary, an application that hospitals use to generate accurate patient medical reports, which is the first seed of Medicalchain. He studied medicine at Imperial College London. He previously developed solutions to help NHS overcome some inefficiencies.

Mohammed Tayeb is co-founder and COO, with entrepreneurial and investment experience in the technology sector. He worked with Morethan.com as head of development. He is also a partner at Hearn Capital. He holds an Executive MBA from the University of Oxford, and a BSc in e-Commerce from Brunel University.

9. FarmaTrust

Inception Score™: 84%

ICO Date: 8 Feb – 8 March 2018

Founded: 2015

Number of Founders: 1

Headquarters: UK

What is it about?

FarmaTrust is an Ethereum blockchain-based security tracking system for patients and pharmaceuticals that ensures counterfeit drugs are blocked from the supply chain.

Who’s behind it?

Raja Sharif is founder and CEO, with a career track in managing several international technology and media projects. He managed strategy implementation at Al Jazeera Media Network and AJ+. He was also senior legal council at British Telecom. He holds an LLM in International Trade, Finance and Banking from the University of Nottingham, and an LLB from The University of Hull.

10. TheKey

Inception Score™: 83%

ICO Date: 1 Feb 2018

Founded: 2017

Number of Founders: 1

Headquarters: Singapore

What is it about?

TheKey is an identity verification tool powered by big data, AI and blockchain technology. TheKey aims at delivering an online identity verification tool that is cost-efficient and suitable for all legal relations (e.g., copyright and data exchange).

Who’s behind it?

Catherine Li is CEO and founder, with a diverse experience in several areas including medical informatics and big data. She founded the Dynamic Multi-dimension Identification technology, and she was named among the Most Outstanding Women Entrepreneurs in China in 2017. She holds an MSc in Computer Science from McGill University.

11. ExsulCoin

Inception Score™: 82%

ICO Date: 12 Feb 2018

Founded: 2017

Number of Founders: 1

Headquarters: US

What is it about?

ExsulCoin is building a blockchain-based crowdfunding platform to support refugee-led projects. The ExsulCoin cryptocurrency allows holders to recommend, vote for, and fund ideas. Platform users also earn ExsulCoin after finishing required tasks such as delivering medical supplies, which contributes to the development of a refugee-empowering  ecosystem that is financially inclusive.

Who’s behind it?

James Song is founder and CEO of ExsulCoin and Exsul, an AI-driven educational app for refugees which is being tested at a Rohingya Refugee Camp in Bangladesh. He is a senior advisor for Faircap Partners equity firm. He pioneered using self-hypnosis in the treatment of HIV patients in Uganda during his Fulbright Scholarship. He holds an MSc in Neuroscience from the University College of London, and a BSc in Psychology from Harvard. He was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

12. SnagRide

Inception Score™: 80%

ICO Date: 7 Feb 2018

Founded: 2017

Number of Founders: 1

Headquarters: US

What is it about?

SnagRide is a decentralized AI-based ride sharing app, which offers affordable programs for mid and long distance rides using the Ethereum blockchain. The platform connects drivers and passengers who are traveling between cities.

Who’s behind it?

Terry Chan is CEO and founder, with a decade of experience in the e-commerce industry. He is skilled in analytics, data mining, software quality assurance and automation. He holds a BSc in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of California, San Diego.

How do we score companies?

The Inception Score is based on a Monte Carlo wrapped machine learning algorithm developed at NYU where we analyzed more than 6,000 startup founders based on their educational background, work history, startup experience and personality (deduced using AI from their digital footprint analysis).

We input this data into our patent-pending algorithm, which then generates multiple seed-stage investment portfolios of startups predicted to be successful. The percentage represents the number of times each startup is selected in 1,000 iterations of portfolio generation. With backtesting, overall accuracy is 95% and true positive rate is 70%.

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