@Kinomora. Thank you for your response. Let me clarify all the questions one by one.
We are committed to making our products open source and are currently exploring the best approach to do so. We worked with B2B and enterprise customers and help them with very critical business processes. So, finding the right way to open source our codes is very important.
Below are some of the risks that we have identified.
Security Risks: Blockchain technology is still relatively new and untested in the supply chain management field. It is essential to ensure that our product codes are robust enough to prevent unauthorized access, data breaches, and other security risks.
Privacy Risks: We should also protect the privacy of all users and the information they share with us. Every sensitive data stored must be encrypted to prevent unauthorized access.
Legal and Regulatory Risks: As a supply chain management platform, our product may be subject to various legal and regulatory requirements. We must ensure that our platform complies with all relevant laws and regulations, such as data protection regulations, anti-money laundering laws, and others.
Operational Risks: There are risks associated with the day-to-day operations of the platform, such as server outages, software bugs, or system errors. To mitigate these risks, we should implement appropriate backup and disaster recovery procedures, conduct regular maintenance checks, and perform software updates.
Adoption Risks: Blockchain technology is still emerging and not yet widely adopted. To gain widespread adoption of our platform, we must ensure that it meets the needs of our target customers.
Our startup is developing various large and complex products, including a supply chain management platform, supply chain traceability, sustainability track and trace, vendor aggregator platform, API platform, and B2B cross-border payment system.
We have been working on the development of the supply chain management and vendor aggregator platform for over a year. The milestones we submitted for this grant are only for the Supply chain and Sustainability traceability features and not for the entire project.
Our startup was awarded a milestone-based grant of $400K 1.5 years ago and raised $1.5M in VC funding 8 months ago. We have already invested a huge amount of funding on research and development of the supply chain management & vendor aggregator platforms. We have been diligently building our products for over a year, conducting thorough research and testing multiple technology stacks due to their complexity.
During the initial phase of our product development, we created several proofs-of-concept (POCs) and minimum viable products (MVPs) and worked with B2B companies and the Government of India. Building a large product from the ground up in this industry takes much more time and effort compared to developing a simple dApp.
Our current limitations restrict us from focusing on only a few specific areas, and launching our products would take a longer time than we desire. With this grant funding, we can expedite our efforts and development and lunch multiple solutions quickly. And that’s the reason we are exploring alternative funding options and strategies to secure the necessary resources and accelerate our growth trajectory.
As mentioned before, we still utilize centralized storage such as S3 for certain products. Our goal is to integrate Sia infra for all our products (Supply chain management, supply chain traceability, sustainability track and trace, vendor aggregator platform and API platform) within the next three months.
So, the funding we are asking it’s not only to store supply chain traceability data on Sia but to integrate Sia as the default infra for all our current and future products. The potential here is huge for the ecosystem.
I hope I was able to answer all your questions.