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Workshop: How do ICOs Work? Planning and Execution


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Frankfurt School of Finance & Management

Adickesallee 32-34

60322 Frankfurt am Main


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On December 20, 2017, the Frankfurt School Blockchain Center organizes a workshop to explore Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). The goal is to show how ICOs work and to highlight both opportunities and risks. Speakers from Iconiq Lab and DLT Capital will provide practical insights from current and past campaigns. Participants should have basic blockchain knowledge.

Initial Coin Offerings are an intensively discussed topic. On the one hand side, it provides an interesting funding mechanism for startups. So far more than 1.0 billion US dollars have been invested into blockchain startups via ICOs – four times more compared to “traditional” venture capital. On the other hand side often ICOs have been a “shaky” vehicle to raise high amounts of money without any substance of the underlying startups. Some experts argue that ICOs will disrupt the venture capital business; other experts explain that the way ICOs are being conducted will heavily damage the blockchain ecosystem. To be able to judge which opinion might turn out to be true, it is important to understand how ICOs work on an operative basis. The goal of this workshop is, therefore, to present how ICOs are working in detail and which dynamics are at work driving ICO campaigns. This workshop, therefore, does not deal with legal conditions but, rather, with providing insights into the execution of ICOs – in a reflective manner. We will tackle the following questions:

  • Do ICOs have the potential to disrupt venture capital funding?

  • What types of tokens exist in blockchain-based business models?

  • What are risks and chances of ICOs?

  • What are ICOs and how do ICO campaigns work?

  • How can ICOs evaluated as from an investment perspective?


  • 15:30 Entrance

  • 16:00 ICOs: A new funding mechanism to disrupt venture capital?
    (Prof. Dr. Philipp Sandner, Head of Frankfurt School Blockchain Center)

  • 16:30 What is important to do an ICO?
    (Maximilian Lautenschläger, Iconiq Lab)

  • 17:15 Running ICO campaigns
    (Sergej Stein, DLT Capital)

  • 18:00 Short break

  • 18:15 How can ICOs evaluated as from an investment perspective?
    (Patrick Lowry, Iconiq Lab)

  • 19:00 Pitfalls and chances for ICO campaigns
    (Sergej Stein, DLT Capital)

  • 19:30 Discussion

  • 20:00 End of the workshop


Prof. Dr. Philipp Sandner is head of the Frankfurt School Blockchain Center at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management which has been initiated in February 2017. The expertise of Prof. Sandner, in particular, includes blockchain technology, cryptocurrencies, digital transformation, and entrepreneurship. Further, Prof. Sandner is a member of the FinTechRat of the Federal Ministry of Finance.

Patrick Lowry is the co-founder of Iconiq Lab, an ICO accelerator program for blockchain and crypto startups. He is currently advising several ICO projects. Patrick is a venture capitalist and investor with eight years of financial industry experience. Prior to this, he was a PwC auditor in the asset management team and a startup co-founder/CFO. He holds an MBA, a CPA license and a B.Sc. in finance and accounting.

Maximilian Lautenschläger also is co-founder at Iconiq Lab and also managing partner and sourcing director. He is a venture developer and blockchain enthusiast with years of experience in consulting, company building, venture capital, FinTech and private equity. He holds a bachelors’ degree in controlling, an MBA and a license as Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst.

Sergej Stein is ICO campaign manager and founding partner of DLT Capital, a consulting company focusing on investor relations, campaign management and ICO execution. Sergej has and is contributing to multiple ICO projects. He recently advised an ICO in the area of decentralized lending to achieve its funding goal of 10 mio. US dollars.

This workshop is ideal for the people who seek to understand the new phenomenon of ICOs and are interested in talking to practitioners to be able to judge this funding mechanism:

  • Employees with a financial services background (finance development, asset management) in all industries

  • Employees in the area of business development and digitization in all industries

  • Startups and founders that are interested in understanding blockchain technology

  • Lawyers, consultants, and analysts (with some IT or business background)

Participant Prerequisites

Basic knowledge of blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies is nice to have but not necessarily needed.


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Frankfurt School Blockchain Center

Email: info@fs-blockchain.de

Phone: +49 69 154 008-790

Internet: www.fs-blockchain.de

About the Frankfurt School Blockchain Center

The Frankfurt School Blockchain Center is a think tank and research center which investigates implications of the blockchain technology for companies and their business models. Besides the development of prototypes, it serves as a platform for manager, start-ups, technology and industry experts to share knowledge and best practices. The Blockchain Center also provides new research impulses and develops training for students and executives. It focuses on banking, mobility, “Industrie 4.0” and the energy sector.

Further information can be found on the Website, on Facebook, or via Twitter.

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