Tykn’s 2019: Year In Review

2019 was a great and intense year for us. Here’s a highlight of our favourite moments.

Seed Investment

We were extremely happy to announce that we received an investment of 1.2 million euros from Dutch IT entrepreneur Johan Mastenbroek. With him on board, Tykn gained not only a financial partner but also an experienced business mentor.

In Johan Mastenbroek‘s own words: “I strongly believe in the principles and ideas of Tykn. They work together with international organisations, with whom they can provide a solution to a global problem and create a future of opportunities instead of a future of problems.”


One of our main focuses throughout 2018 and 2019 was 121. A source of great pride for us.

In February it was finally announced: In October and December 2018, Dorcas led the 121 Direct Cash Aid on Blockchain Pilot in Ukraine with Tykn’s Digital Identity backend & 510 Data Team of The Netherlands Red Cross‘ frontend & system.

The Chivas Venture

Tykn placed Top 5 in the world, over a 1000 companies, in The Chivas Venture Global Competition. Winning us $50,000, exposure, and equally important: the recognition of the urgency to tackle the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 16.9.

Tykn digital identity management

The jury was composed of Zoe Saldana (actress, entrepreneur and philanthropist), Alexandre Ricard (Chairman and CEO of Pernod Ricard), Cemal Ezel (founder of Change Please) and Sonal Shah (economist and founding Executive Director of the Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation at Georgetown University).

It was a thrill standing on The Next Web‘s stage and presenting our solution to this jury and thousands of people.


We spent some emotional weeks in the SDG Impact Accelerator (SDGia). The first of its kind in Turkey to address the issues of the refugee crisis. Turkey houses approx. 3.6 million refugees and spends nearly 37 billion dollars on it.

tykn digital identity refugees

We have had the opportunity to engage directly with refugees and organisations such as the United Nations Development Programme – UNDP, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, International Labour Organization, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), IMO – UN Migration, Turkey Red Crescent, Republic of Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Internal Affairs, Agriculture and the Directorate General of Migration Management.

Putting ourselves in the shoes of people affected by displacement and ID-related problems is key in our journey to craft a solution inclusive for all.

One of the challenges presented by the Accelerator was on how to provide refugees with livelihood opportunities through digital ID solutions.

Tykn’s participation in this challenge became part of an ongoing dialogue with stakeholders all over the country. Where we have become actively involved in designing, testing and implementing digital identity solutions over the next few years that can serve the refugee population in Turkey.

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This accelerator was led by the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United Nations Development Programme. Supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Eczacıbaşı Holding, Limak Holding and the World Food Programme – WFP.

It was great to have been part of it!

New Office and Brand Identity

We started the year moving offices to The Hague, the city of peace and justice. It made sense not only because of the symbolic value of The Hague but also because of the strong NGO and social impact startup ecosystem. We became proud members of ImpactCity, a community of companies focused on doing business and doing good.

Our office-warming party was also the perfect opportunity to launch our new brand identity. One that reflected the humanity in our vision and mission. That accurately portrayed why we are doing what we are doing and showed that we are more than a tech company.


Our work is far from done though. We have been working hard behind the scenes to launch our digital identity platform in 2020: Ana, making the refugee integration journey easy and safe. Creating a future of opportunity. Because people matter.

We hope you have a great 2020!

Team Tykn

Feel like reading more? Check out our Ultimate Beginners Guide to Self-Sovereign Identity and the Definitive Guide to Identity Management with Blockchain.