Morgane Herculano, diving head

Morgane Herculano

Morgane Herculano, diving head

Morgane Herculano
Morgane Herculano

Multiple Swiss diving champion, student at Harvard, the 20-year-old Genevan has put her studies on hold, preferring to discover the world of start-ups rather than take online courses.

 

From diving, Morgane Herculano says she likes the mixture of courage and reflection it requires. You have to analyse then dare. The decisions taken are irreversible, at least until the next jump into the void. The characteristics that she appreciates in the practice of her sport, the multiple Swiss champion from Geneva also applies them dry, outside the pools. When most students her age (she has just turned 20) dream of an Erasmus semester abroad, she decides to leave her prestigious Harvard University for a while and return to Geneva.

 

Fearing perhaps boredom, this champion of organisation has been working since this summer in a start-up in Geneva, Wecan Group SA , a consulting firm offering solutions using blockchain technology. “I didn’t study this directly at Harvard, but rather an interest that came to me in parallel, between fintech [financial technology] and regtech [compliance]. I work thirty-four hours a week and I continue to train twenty-two hours with the Swiss team, which makes for a busy day”.

A habit for this precocious sportswoman and very gifted student, who had already completed her federal matriculation exam a year ahead of schedule and averaged 5.4 “with hardly any classes in the last year”. In Cambridge, a suburb of Boston where the Harvard campus is located, her academic level enabled her to condense a bachelor’s degree, which is usually completed in four years, into three years. “I’m in an accelerated programme, quite intense, in economics with a secondary branch in energy and the environment,” she sums up.

 

Breakfast with Malia

 

Analyse, dare. “With Covid-19, I would have been forced to study online from my home in Geneva. Postponing all my third-year courses until September 2021 was the best thing to do,” says Morgane Herculano, who wants to see the health crisis “as an opportunity to do things differently. I wrote to Wecan this summer for an internship. Vincent Pignon, the founder, offered me to stay on as project coordinator”.

 

She recounts this with total simplicity, as if everything was obvious. For her, perhaps. In the spring of 2018, it was with the same naturalness that she turned to Le Temps to explain her problem: she had just been admitted to Harvard, saw it as an opportunity to push her abilities to the limit both in the academic field and on the sports fields, but she didn’t have enough money to pay for an education estimated at $300,000 over three years. Harvard is one of the few American universities that does not offer scholarships to students on their athletic merits.

 

Thanks to the readers of Le Temps, the budget was put together. With the help of five foundations (including the Panathlon Foundation and the Zdenek and Michaela Bakala Foundation), she says: “I was looking for people, but they found me. These people are following me, I give them news and of course I asked their agreement to take this sabbatical”.

She explained to them that “Harvard is not about taking classes on Zoom; it’s about the relationship with the professors, talking to other students about our respective projects, staying in the library until two in the morning, having breakfast next to Malia Obama [the eldest daughter of the former president] and hardly noticing it. Harvard is this kind of electricity in the air, it’s a constant emulation, a feeling that there’s always something to do or see.

 

A year to breathe

 

It is also a means for sport that is incomparable with Switzerland. “For a group of 13 to 15 divers, we have a coach, a physio, a doctor, a physical trainer, a fitness room and of course a reserved pool where you can choose your own schedule,” she lists. The public is admitted if there are still slots available; in Switzerland, it’s quite the opposite. As a member of Harvard’s famous Crimson (crimson), she has donned the famous “H” outfit, competed in the Ivy League (which brings together the eight oldest universities in the north-eastern United States), and tasted the atmosphere of the rivalry against Yale.

 

She even won the Ivy League championship, qualifying for the elite European Championships, which have since been cancelled. In Geneva, Morgane Herculano returned to the Varembé swimming pool. “Sometimes I think she looks smaller…” The framing is different, but just as good. “I am lucky to have a very experienced coach. At Harvard, he is younger, more energetic. I get the best out of everyone.”

For this young woman who succeeds in everything very quickly, coming to work in Geneva is paradoxically an opportunity to breathe a sigh of relief. “I have many options for my sporting and professional future. Having another year gives me time to think about them. My goal is still to be able to take part in the 2024 Paris Olympic Games. Reconciling training and a job in a start-up company is a challenge, especially in an environment where there are few women and few elite athletes, but which for the moment I really enjoy”.

 

Laurent Favre

Published on Thursday 12 November 2020 at 11:25 AM

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The blockchain for conformity in luxury​

The blockchain for conformity in luxury​

The blockchain for conformity in luxury

The blockchain for conformity in luxury​

The luxury sector is constantly looking for innovation. And the blockchain is one of the most promising avenues. Richemont with Vacheron Constantin, LVMH with Louis Vuitton and Kering with Ulysse Nardin have launched initiatives to combat counterfeiting using this technology. But the blockbuster tracks to be explored for this sector of activity are not limited to this use case only.

The conformity of suppliers and raw materials used in luxury goods has become a strategic and differentiating issue. Luxury brands must be able to guarantee the auditing and control of their counterparts who do not always provide sufficient guarantees in terms of transparency. It is the image and reputation of the luxury brands and sectors concerned that are at stake. I am thinking in particular of the recent report published by the Swiss Federal Audit Office, which raises important shortcomings in the control of gold imported into Switzerland. In my view, it is becoming critical to be able to ensure that suppliers meet their commitments in terms of ethics, traceability, sustainability and compliance throughout the production and supply chain.

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Blockchain & Intellectual Property

Intellectual property

Blockchain & Intellectual Property

Blockchain & Intellectual Property

From Lab to Market.

 

Blockchain technology is immutable, auditable, transparent and allows to reduce the number of intermediaries. Different types of data can be logged to a blockchain, from transaction information to photos, videos and design documents, therefore its use cases are numerous.

 

For the second edition of the Geneva Blockchain Congress held on the 20th January, on the thematic from Lab to Market, the subject of Illicit Trade & Counterfeiting was discussed by several actors during round tables and conferences. To that end, it is interesting to raise the solution that blockchain can bring to fight the infringement of Intellectual Property. One of the practical applications that was brought up during the Geneva Blockchain Congress was blockchain for intangible assets.

 

This is what Wecan Protect offers. A platform that provides registration of intangible assets, based on an easy-to-use blockchain solution, with global and immutable validity. The solution was presented during the Geneva Blockchain Congress as a response to the lack of international and inexpensive solution to timestamp and evidence unregistered IP rights and intangible assets. The solution will be officially launched during the first semester 2020, getting out from the lab to go on the market.

 

It has been noted that 84% of the value of the S&P 500 is made of intangible assets. However, alongside those which are officially registered (patents, trademarks), there are many other assets which are protected by intellectual property (copyright, trade secrets, designs) but which are not registered, or which are excluded from any intellectual property registration or protection (contracts, confidential information, etc.) even if other grounds for legal action exist.

 

For these unregistered intangible assets, which are the fastest growing ones, it is important to provide a fast, easy-to-use and cost effective solution to evidence their date of creation, ownership or communication to third parties. Use cases abound in the areas of research and development, open innovation, design, content production, education or legal technology, for innovative start-ups and SMEs, or large international companies that have to manage huge volumes of unregistered intangible assets.

 

The benefits of blockchain include evidence of anteriority, record keeping, control and monitoring of distribution, trading of rights, establishment of IP contracts. In fact, timestamped ledgers created by the blockchain cannot be changed retroactively, making it easier for owners to claim rights as it provides proof of creation, ownership and communication. Blockchain can also be used to secure digital identities, and to integrate with anticounterfeiting, notarization, legal action, licensing or financing services.

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The Capelli real estate group closes its first tokenisation operation with Wecan Tokenize

The Capelli real estate group closes its first tokenisation operation

The Capelli real estate group closes its first tokenisation operation with Wecan Tokenize

The Capelli real estate group closes its first tokenisation operation with Wecan Tokenize
“The Capelli real estate group, with more than 40 years of experience and recognized for its ability to innovate, has carried out its first tokenization operation to finance part of the property development of the Domaine d’Hestia in Saint André Lez Lille for €3.1 million. Qualified investors who subscribed to this bond issue received in return “tokens”, digital tokens registered on the blockchain, bearing a fixed yield of 7.5% per year. The CAPELLI Group relied on the Wecan Tokenize tokenisation platform to carry out this operation.   The Hestia estate in Saint-André-Lez-Lille, an emblematic project. A vast programme to transform a 7-hectare site formerly occupied by a hospital on the outskirts of the Lille metropolis, the architectural complex “Le Domaine d’Hestia” was designed by the architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte. This mixed programme includes the rehabilitation of existing buildings dating back to 1900 and the construction of new residences organised in micro-neighbourhoods. The estate will eventually house more than 450 apartments and a senior service residence. Real estate investments on the blockchain. The transaction was financed in less than a week by a dozen investors who were attracted by this new investment experience, combined with the guarantee provided by a group in perpetual growth.”We are delighted to have contributed to this great project. By relying on renowned players such as the Capelli Group, Wecan Tokenize is proving its ability to position itself as a pioneer in asset tokenization and to democratize this technological breakthrough with confidence thanks to a 100% digital platform that secures exchanges,” concludes Sébastien Flak, Managing Partner of Wecan Tokenize.”

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Wecan Tokenize annouces the succes of its first listings for an amount of 11 millions euros​

Wecan Tokenize annouces the succes of its first listings for an amount of 11 millions euros

Wecan Tokenize annouces the succes of its first listings for an amount of 11 millions euros

Wecan Tokenize, a specialist in blockchain solutions for real estate, has just

completed a first transaction on its platform for €11 million, issued in digital tokens.

Officially launched in early October, the platform has completed in just a few days the

financing of two buildings located in the heart of Lisbon (Portugal).

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WeCan.Fund changes name to Wecan

Wecan Group

WeCan.Fund changes name to Wecan

The world is undergoing profound upheaval with the emergence of the blockchain. Characterized by tokenization and the development of decentralized solutions, distributed registry technology challenges social, economic and technological fundamentals. In order to accompany this transition and to create together the ideas of the future, WeCan.Fund, building on its 2018 performance, is revising its brand architecture and becoming Wecan.

 

 

A vision

 

“More than ever before, the decentralized value transaction is a reality for which we have great ambitions and a great responsibility. To accompany these new challenges and accelerate our development, we have decided to give Wecan Group a boldly named parent brand, Wecan. Simple and strong, the brand stands for innovation and embodies all of our values and activities. We are thus affirming the ambitions and the dynamic of change that we are driving with our first three solutions: Wecan Fund, Wecan Tokenize and Wecan Wine. “said Vincent Pignon, CEO of Wecan Group.

 

 

One brand

 

With this mother brand, which advocates the first person plural, Wecan conveys the message that the block is everyone’s business: employees, shareholders, partners or customers, everyone is the architect of a desirable future. Together, everyone must act, be optimistic and collectively seek solutions that will change everyone’s daily life for a better social, economic and technological balance.

Graphically, the evolving shape of the logo represents the growing influence, reflecting the activities and dynamism of the brand. It opts for a contemporary and easily identifiable typography that reinforces the brand’s image. “The new name, the new logo, and the multiple ways in which our brand has been translated into a variety of solutions embody an identity that conveys a positive and optimistic vision of the future. “continues the CEO.

 

 

An infinite number of solutions

 

In order to build on the achievements of previous years, the Group’s 2019 strategy aims to develop joint ventures with strategic partners in a relatively short period of time. The first solutions deployed already reflect the development potential with projects such as financing platforms with GIS and ICRC (Wecan Fund), real estate and asset tokenisation with the Capelli Group (Wecan Tokenize) and the wine industry with Domaine du Pa- radis (Wecan Wine). These solutions solve problems of fraud, traceability, transparency and liquidity while reducing transaction costs. This strategy in terms of brand architecture and intellectual property heralds a new era for the group: to create revolutionary solutions with diverse and varied partners.

“We are celebrating the emergence of a brand with infinite solutions that are destined to multiply, learn from each other and have a positive and lasting impact,” says Vincent Pignon.

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WeCan.Fund announces a 7-digit financing round to drive its growth

WeCan Fund announces a 7-digit financing round to drive its growth

WeCan.Fund announces a 7-digit financing round to drive its growth

WeCan.Fund announces a 7-digit financing round to drive its growth

Wecan.Fund, announces a 7-digit financing round with the Capelli Real Estate Group, Hyposwiss Bank, the Request Network Foundation, a reference in the blockchain ecosystem, the communication company Buxum, and the Wecan.Fund. and private investors.

 

 

First Geneva-based company to contribute digital tokens

 

Part of the fundraising was done in kind in the form of digital tokens. This is a desire on the part of WeCan.Fund, in line with its field of activity, and a first in the canton of Geneva. In Switzerland, no company had ever before made a contribution in digital tokens for a capital increase. The steps involved required a great deal of coordination between the various experts involved, from the notary to the auditors and the administration of the Commercial Register.

 

 

Anticipating the volatility of the cryptomoney industry

 

Particular attention was paid to the calculation of the amount of the tokens as well as the margin to be applied to protect against the volatility of digital tokens. A meticulous analysis of the price fluctuation has been carried out in order to ensure that the investor and WeCan.Fund have a sufficient margin between the contribution of the digital tokens, the general meeting and the registration in the Trade Register. The planned contribution was thus increased by 15%.

 

 

Many new developments

 

In the 24 hours prior to the general meeting of shareholders ratifying the fund-raising and registration with the Commercial Register, the crypto-currency market was subject to very high volatility. The majority of chips lost more than 20% of their value, thus invalidating the announced investment. The blockchain made it possible, in a very simple way, to invest an additional amount and margin of tokens in a few minutes. The registration in the Commercial Register and the capital increase were finally validated in time.

WeCan.Fund is convinced that digital token contributions will be increasingly used. Switzerland has what it takes to become the leading location for block and tokenization of real estate. In this context, the company is determined to contribute to the competitiveness of the financial centre both in terms of innovation and added value.

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