Akropolis

Decentralised pensions and savings infrastructure

A trustless financial future for everyone

Akropolis is a lightweight, universal protocol layer capable of being deployed on a variety of blockchains

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You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.

- Buckminster Fuller

ADVISORS, PARTNERS AND EARLY BACKERS

IsolasKing Wood MallesonsKenetic CapitalPrime Block CapitalCindicatorPolymathBlock Ground CapitalSigma PrimeAurum

Professional Memberships

The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA)

The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) connects Fortune 500 enterprises, startups, academics, and technology vendors with Ethereum subject matter experts. The EEA is helping to evolve Ethereum into an enterprise-grade technology, providing research and development in a range of areas.

Multichain Asset Managers Association (MAMA)

MAMA is a trade body, initiated by Melonport AG, which represents asset management companies, investors, technology providers, service providers and ecosystem players interested in working towards a new vision for asset management using blockchain and other supporting decentralized technologies.

Media

Problem & Solution

Pensions: a US$400 Trillion problem

Problem

The existing pensions infrastructure is broken. The system suffers from misaligned incentives, lack of accountability, and hidden fees. (...)

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All this burden is passed onto individuals, who have no control over their money, especially when moving jobs or countries. Management fees can erode up to a third of the total amount. Millennials and Generation Z, do not trust or contribute to the system. Yet pensions are the largest segment of the global financial ecosystem, totalling more than US$36 trillion in assets.

The World Economic Forum predicts that the worldwide savings gap will grow from 70 trillion today to US$400 trillion by 2050 - that's 5x the global GDP. It is already too late to fix the current pension system.

Solution

Akropolis is building a new decentralised pensions infrastructure from the ground up.
We aim to deliver secure, transparent and efficient savings to the pensions savers of the future by putting individuals in control of their data and funds. (...)

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Our novel solution is building a new transparent system of record keeping and self-executing smart contracts through a decentralised platform, bringing together a blockchain protocol, user friendly mobile delivery and a community of advocates.

Consumer Perspective

Old WorldVSNew World
  • Old World
  • New World
  • No control over assets and data
  • No visibility on fees
  • No trust in the system
  • No real control
  • Confusion and complexity
  • No accountability for misused fund
  • No personalisation
  • Self sovereignty
  • Transparency
  • Trustless system
  • Portability
  • Simplicity
  • Accountability and incentives
  • Tailored plans

Enterprise Perspective

Old WorldVSNew World
  • Old World
  • New World
  • No interaction between savers and fund managers
  • Inefficient legacy system
  • No user behaviour data
  • Interests misaligned between end users and trustee
  • Personalisation and direct access for consumers
  • Technology enabled system, set up a virtual fund in seconds
  • Users rewarded for sharing their data
  • Few intermediaries, aligned interests

Tech

The Akropolis platform architecture is based on on-chain and off-chain API gateway.

Tech Stack
Tech Stack mobile

FOUNDERS AND ADVISORS

The passionate, dedicated Akropolis team is changing global finance forever. Get to know them.

Anastasia Andrianova
Advisor, Web3 Foundation •
Lehman Brothers •
University of Oxford
Kate Kurbanova

Head of Community & Co-founder

Head of Analytics, Cindicator
Peter Robertson
Principal, Asset Management Vanguard • Kings College London
Ian Grigg
Partner at Block.one (EOS) • Architecture Consultant at R3 • Financial Cryptographer • Inventor of Ricardian Contract
Bokky Poobah

Bokky Poobah

Github

Security Advisor

Smart Contract Developer and Auditor
Ros Altman
UK Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions (2015-2016)
Marcus Killick
Chief Executive Officer, ISOLAS •
CEO of the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission
Sandra Wu
Head of Legal and Chief Compliance Officer, Mercer • Fund Formation, Weil Gotshal & Manges • Private Equity, Kirkland & Ellis
Prabhakar Reddy
Investor at Accel • Blockchain Enthusiast • Serial Entrepreneur Accel Partners •
Harvard Business School
Roderick van der Graaf
Experience Paribas, Deutsche Bank • HSBC • Rabobank • Bear Sterns • KCP Capital • Caldera Pacific
Saber Aria
BeyondBlocks •
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU Amsterdam)
Stephen Reynolds
Binance • HybridBlock
Token Distribution

Token distribution

  • 40% Сontributors
  • 20% Reserve fund partnership
  • 20% Team
  • 10% Marketing ecosystem development
  • 10% Advisors, early supporters
Token Proceeds

Use of proceeds

  • 50% Technology and talent
  • 15% Partnerships
  • 12.5% Legal and regulatory
  • 10% Marketing
  • 10% Operations
  • 2.5% Contingency

ROAD MAP

  • 2017
  • 2018
  • 2019
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Q3-Q4 2017

Akropolis concept developed

Angel funding round

Pre-sale softcap reached

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2018

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Q1 2018

Institutional partnerships signed

Token sale contract developed

Security audits completed

MVU v1.0 deployed on testnet

Technical Whitepaper published

Joined Ethereum Enterprise Alliance

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Q2-Q3 2018

MVU v2.0 deployed on testnet, community members act as beta-testers, feedback gathered

Institutional partnerships signed

Technical architecture finalised

Bok Khoo, blockchain security expert, joined advisory board

Product partnerships

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Q4 2018

Deploy MVP with trial users

Expand accessible asset universe

Release Akro.js

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2019

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Q1 2019

Akropolis v1.0 deployed on mainnet

Full audit on library of smart contracts completed by two independent auditors

Governance research and development

First trial digital pension fund tested and launched

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Q2 2019+

External API is released for third-party add-ons

Hardware wallet integration

DAO governed token curated registries

Where to meet us

26-27

Nov

Bangkok

Beyond Blocks

30-02

Oct

Nov

Prague

Devcon 4

22-24

Oct

Berlin

Web3 Summit

05-11

Sept

Berlin

Blockchain Week

25

July

Berlin

Akropolis & Cindicator Meetup: Future of Digital Fund

19

July

Berlin

Dappcon

16

July

Seoul

Beyond Blocks, Korea Blockchain Week

06

June

Berlin

TechCrunch Sessions Blockchain

22

June

London

Pathfounder

17

May

New York

Token Summit

15-16

May

New York

Consensus Summit

03-05

May

Toronto

EdCon

26

April

Geneva

United Nations Blockchain Conference

16

April

Kiev

Dapp Dev Conference

04-05

April

Tokyo

Beyond Blocks, Japan Blockchain Week

20-21

March

Hong Kong

Token 2049

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FAQ

What is Akropolis?

Akropolis is a technology platform designed to address deep-seated structural issues of the global pensions sector. It is designed to be a multi-jurisdictional platform for the delivery of pensions, social welfare and future benefits in a portable manner, that over time brings together individual end users and large institutional players in a new system of incentives.

What does Akropolis stand for?

The greek word ‘acropolis’ refers to the “upper city”, the first known human urban fortification, first established in what is now modern day Syria, followed by Ancient Greece and Rome. It is the defensive core of the city, a city within a city.

We chose to go with the Greek spelling. True to its name, Akropolis’ mission is to address the individual users’ needs - which are not addressed in the current pensions system with its misaligned incentives. We aim to re-dress them to incentivise distribution of the benefits of technology to the end users.

What problems does Akropolis solve?

The current pensions system is based on outdated assumptions, is rife with conflicts of interest and lacks transparency and accountability. We are addressing that by designing from the ground-up solution that meets peoples’ needs.

The two aspects necessarily have to be brought together in a coherent protocol in order to create a future-proof solution that takes into account how we live, work and consume.

Is Akropolis a pension fund?

No, Akropolis is not a pension fund. Akropolis is a technology company dedicated to the delivery of the sector-specific protocol.

Who are the main marketplace participants in the Akropolis protocol?

Consumers

Institutions

Developer community

Sector advisors and service providers

Is your project open source?

Not at this time. However the project is intended to be open source over time.

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