The Malta Independent 13 December 2018, Thursday

PKF Malta visits the famous crypto valley of Zug

The Malta Business Weekly Thursday, 6 December 2018, 09:09 Last update: about 7 days ago
From right: George Mangion, senior partner PKF Malta; Dr Marilyn Formosa, head of Legal PKF Mala and Ralf Glabischnig, co-founder and board member of Crypto Valley labs in Zug and guest
From right: George Mangion, senior partner PKF Malta; Dr Marilyn Formosa, head of Legal PKF Mala and Ralf Glabischnig, co-founder and board member of Crypto Valley labs in Zug and guest

PKF Malta executives recently visited the canton of Zug known for its budding start-ups in the virtual world of blockchain. The invitation was to visit one of the evening gatherings of enthusiasts, venture capitalists, technical people and professionals of the industry.

Such gatherings are typically held on a weekly basis at the premises of an innovation-churning nucleus called Crypto Valley Labs. The scene was complete with a networking floor and a Bitcoin ATM which gave a feel of the Zug ecosystem: a colourful, self-assured, intelligent and very polite outfit, poised to become the number one destination for blockchain applications.

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George M. Mangion, senior partner of PKF Malta said that "during our visit we had the opportunity of meeting one of the founders and board members of a successful start-up, Ralf Glabischnig. He shared with us the dream behind his ambition to turn CV VC (Crypto Valley Venture Capital) into a global player. Later we were given a tour of the premises. This turned out to be a state-of-the-art network of offices, hot desking systems, meeting rooms and recreational spaces, all frequented by Zug's freshest and most aspiring minds."

CV Labs operates a blockchain start-up incubator programme that gives each qualifying start-up $125K in seed funding which is then followed through in a three-month programme in exchange for equity or tokens. Start-ups are thus exposed to ideas from visionary entrepreneurs, advisors and mentors in the blockchain space.

Crypto Valley is today home to a thriving ecosystem with roughly 600 crypto start-ups and foundations including some of the brightest names in the space, including ConsenSys, Shapeshift, Dfinity, Aragon, Bancor, and many more.

Glabischnig is also managing partner of a Swiss Information Management Firm whose clients include among them Swiss Life and Credit Suisse. The firm has also made a clear footprint in the blockchain finance space where they have partnered with a tech firm to develop decentralized applications for insurance on the Ethereum blockchain.

This was not the first time PKF visited the centre of disruptive technologies. They visited Silicon Valley and MIT, its Chinese counterpart Shenzhen, Polish incubators and Venture Café's in Rotterdam with repeat visits over the last five years. By comparison, the Swiss Crypto valley of Zug was one more stop in the quest for the perfect R&D breeding model that Malta could potentially emulate, doubling up as a stance to self-educate and gain insights into the beckoning world of digital revolution.

In conclusion Mangion said: "In pitching Malta's trajectory to match the advancements reached by Zug, one takes pride in our own ambition for regulatory prowess and hopes to match and exceed what others have achieved. Malta is presently building the world's most scientific home base for blockchain development."


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