NewTech Friday: Bilic – Investigating and preventing digital asset fraud

17/03/2023 Interview
profile picture of Saminu Salisu Saminu Salisu Bilic Co-Founder & CTO

British startup Bilic is one of the selected startups of the fourth edition of the LHOFT Catapult: Kickstarter program. Its Co-Founder & CTO, Saminu Salisu, tells us about the firm and his simple yet powerful solution that provides actionable intelligence on digital assets.

What led to the creation of Bilic? 

As co-founders we ourselves became victims of scams and hacks in the crypto and NFT space, and felt lonely, betrayed, but in equal measure intrigued. Why was this happening so frequently? How were perpetrators being held to account?  Why was there so little support for victims at an institutional level? Blockchain security risks increasingly became the main deterrent for people entering the crypto space, with many customers choosing to leave the space entirely after either falling victim to blockchain fraud, or losing trust. 

As blockchain and crypto enthusiasts we saw obvious gaps in the market that our experience and skillsets could help fill. The current thresholds for cases is above $100,000, however with the median reported loss being $2,600 we realized many victims were not able to access support, and more importantly critical intelligence was being lost by simply not being valued.

Therefore we are aiming to create a market-driven approach, via the creation of an investigation marketplace that will pool resources and intelligence, allowing for both higher rates of crime identification, wallet seizure, asset recovery and, importantly, intelligence sharing.

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