Art on the blockchain

Artists have used the Internet to share their unique works of art for years. It’s allowed artists to share their pieces with audiences all over the globe. This large reach also creates counterfeits and copyright infringement issues not just for artists, but for galleries, dealers, and auction houses. This is where Artcryption comes in.

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Artcryption it’s a blockchain based solution that helps artists, galleries, and auction houses protect and store their artwork while allowing a more efficient way to license and monetize creative content. The company was founded by Canadian lawyer and art agent, Vandana Taxali in 2019. She has a passion for protecting artists and defending their rights. It was when Taxali took on the legal work of her brother, internationally acclaimed artist Gary Taxali, where she discovered that there were opportunities to use technology to help artists protect their work. Her expertise in intellectual property and art law plus her knowledge in blockchain came together to form Artcryption. Taxali‘s startup is one of the four companies in this year’s InNEVator cohort.

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The Reno InNEVator isn’t Artcryption’s first accelerator. Taxali is an alumni of the World Trade Centre Toronto’s Trade Accelerator Program. She credits this program for preparing her and giving her the confidence to enter international markets. That confidence and her global vision is what brought her to Nevada for the Reno InNEVator. Having spent only two short weeks in Reno, she fell in love with what Reno had to offer. With the supportive entrepreneurship environment, The block chain friendly regulatory landscape, and the relaxed, easy-going atmosphere — she feels this is the place to accelerate her start-up into the global arena.

As InNEVator nears its conclusion, Taxali says the support through its mentors with their vast knowledge and experience in the tech industry, connections with business leaders and experienced professionals, and the camaraderie with the cohort created an experience she will never forget. She explained that the value this program brings to the life of her business cannot be repaid. While other members of the cohort came with another member of their company, Taxali was in town on her own. She said the program mentors were like having extra teammates so she always had people she could bounce ideas off of and never felt alone. The program has really helped her business gain more momentum and has been instrumental in getting meetings with galleries and museums that could turn into potential customers and pilot projects. 

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