It will grow and innovate blockchain and cryptographic technologies in Ticino, Switzerland, and Northern Italy 

Zug and Lugano, Switzerland, January 25, 2018 — Crypto Valley Association (CVA), the not-for-profit association supporting the development of blockchain and cryptographic related technologies and businesses in Switzerland, today announced the foundation of a new Southern Alps Chapter. Fostering the convergence of business, financial, technology and academic expertise, the Southern Alps Chapter will contribute to grow and innovate blockchain and cryptographic technologies in Southern Switzerland and Northern Italy, putting together talents, competencies, know-how and resources.

“The Crypto Valley Association encourages and disseminates innovation in the blockchain space throughout Switzerland, and ensures Switzerland’s active participation in global efforts to foster this technology. The newly established Southern Alps Chapter will focus on two highly promising regions for this technology, Southern Switzerland and Northern Italy. We are excited by this development and, after the recent opening of our Western Switzerland chapter, by the further expansion of the CVA in our home market,” said Oliver Bussmann, President of Crypto Valley Association.

“Blockchain is driving a number of applications for the broader benefit and advance of communities, citizens and businesses. Our goal is to facilitate the cross-sector applicability of blockchain systems, bringing clarity and confidence around this technology”, continued Gianni Minetti, chair of the Southern Alps Chapter.

Blockchain can add value to multiple domains such as finance and banking, energy and utilities, Smart Cities, healthcare and education, manufacturing. As a smart combination of mature technological concepts, including peer-to-peer networks, distributed consensus algorithms, validity rules, ledger technologies and cryptography, blockchain can be successfully applied in any business where stakeholders’ relations are based on trust and may be entirely disintermediated.

Crypto Valley Association’s Southern Alps Chapter will support the aggregation and dissemination of know-how, and will provide a natural riverbed for various contributions to discuss and grow blockchain and cryptographic technologies in academic and business communities. Among its first tasks, the Chapter will make CVA’s Code of Conduct for Initial Coin Offerings (ICO) available to start-ups and growing companies in the region, promoting it as a framework for organizations issuing, selling and transferring tokens to raise capital. The Code will guide ICOs on proper conduct taking into account all moral, legal, tax and security obligations, and has been warmly welcomed by regulators and businesses.

In order to grow blockchain systems, the Chapter will promote events for private and public organizations willing to explore this technology, also engaging industry associations, financial institutions, research institutes and local government representatives.

Crypto Valley Association’s Southern Alps Chapter will be publicly presented on February 8th 2018 in Lugano, Switzerland. Crypto specialists, industry experts, influencers, investors and mentors are invited to join to learn more about its objectives and short-term plans, as well as opportunities to contribute.


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About Crypto Valley Association:

Founded in January 2017, Crypto Valley Association is a not-for-profit association established to support the development and dissemination of cryptographic technologies, blockchain, and other distributed ledger technologies by supporting startups and other companies in Zug, Switzerland and internationally. Crypto Valley’s mission is to shape an open, free, and prosperous economy spanning multiple sectors.

Board members of the Crypto Valley Association are:

Oliver Bussmann, Founder & Managing Partner Bussmann Advisory; Vasily Suvorov, Vice President Technology Strategy Luxoft; Professor René Huesler, Director of the Lucerne School of Information Technology, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts; Sam Chadwick, Director Financial & Risk Innovation Thomson Reuters; Søren Fog, CEO iProtus. 


Media Contact for the Southern Alps Chapter:
Silvia Vergani, B-Story
mobile phone: +39 349 7668102