The BTRI Story

We know blockchain. In fact, we wrote the paper about it.

At the Blockchain Technology Reasearch Institute (BTRI) we believe there is a better way to run a blockchain. A more valuable, less invasive way where the technology is applied in a more useful way and respectfully handles natural resources - unlike other approaches that are energy and ressource intensive. We are obsessed with it, and our mission is to help people understand and use this technology. It is one of the least understood and least transparent technology areas, and we see this as an opportunity: We're excited to simplify the blockchain for all through our software, education and community programmes.

Our founding

BTRI was founded in 2016 by Björn Holste and Niels Schöber. It started as a leisure activity, gathering the opinions of the world's first block chain experts, evaluating their research and ideas, and stacking whitepapers. Gradually, a collaboration between the Technology Institute and the Fair Capital Markets Foundation developed, and we gathered our notes from the Beginner's Guide to Blockchain and our first block chain research study into a working paper, turning this hub of industry expertise into a research institute. This later led to the development of proprietary blockchain tools and applications. One of these applications was the Tulip/Monster game, which was intended as a proof of concept, but quickly developed into an addictive game for us.

We ❤ Research and Community

Thouroughly conducted research is key to finding solutions to the challenges of our time, whether they are of a global, societal or regional nature. The result of the researcher's work is not always entirely "new knowledge". A large part of the research process results in inventions and innovations. The further development of existing processes and the improvement of existing products and processes are also part of the tasks of research and development. At BTRI we create blockchain solutions for a sustainable future by pursuing ambitious goals along our entire value chain. In this way, we want to achieve cost-balanced growth and assume social and ecological responsibility. We concentrate on topics in which we, as a research institute, can make a significant contribution together with our partner companies.

Culture at BTRI

We help our team member's development in their current roles and dream about what comes next. Our vision is driving us. BTRI works to create a healthy, balanced research and corporate culture that supports a long-term, creative workforce and promotes a healthy work-life balance. Our scientists are encouraged to participate in events, share their work and take time to volunteer or learn new skills. Our head office is located in Frankfurt am Main, directly next to the internet node DE-CIX. Our work area and warehouse are designed to collaborate, with a mixture of open office space and a playground. BTRI is also an open house for writers, designers, comedians, artists, press representatives and other interesting people, so that we remain inspired by diversity around us and people from different industries.

The Foundation

The Foundation Fair Capital Markets, is a non-profit institution under German civil law. The purpose of the foundation is to promote the general public selflessly in material, spiritual or moral areas. In particular, it serves the promotion of science and research as well as the promotion of education, folk and vocational training including student assistance according to §52 Paragraph 2 No. 1 and No. 7 AO.
The foundation enables research projects in promising areas around financial markets and helps to improve the structural conditions for academia.