Copper.co, the leading provider of digital asset custody and trading solutions, announced today that it is partnering with Imperial College Business School on a new Institutional Digital Assets Project within the Imperial Center for Digital Transformation.

The Center for Digital Transformation (CDT), founded in 2021, was created to help companies understand the far-reaching organizational implications of the digital revolution. From artificial intelligence to the Internet of Things (IoT) to blockchain, the center’s work focuses on new and emerging digital technologies and how they can be used to achieve both business and social goals. Working with leading academics from Imperial College Business School and the broader institution, the center conducts cross-disciplinary research on the impact of digitization on the future of work to help companies understand innovations to address the challenges of digital transformation.

Within the center, the Institutional Digital Assets Project is a translational initiative aiming to combine academic theory with practical application, aiming to enhance financial and business practice related to digital assets through thought leadership and capacity building in a leading academic center to shape research.

Christopher Tucci, Professor of Digital Strategy & Innovation at Imperial College Business School and Director of the Center for Digital Transformation, commented, “We are excited to welcome Copper to Imperial and the CDT and appreciate his assistance in supporting mainstream financial services and government agencies to understand the impact of distributed ledger technologies popularly known as ‘blockchain and cryptocurrencies’. “

Professor Francisco Veloso, Dean of Imperial College Business School, said, “I am excited about this partnership between Copper and our CDT. Technology is changing the financial industry dramatically and this collaboration will help put Imperial College Business School at the forefront of this revolution as we aim to improve our understanding of digital transformation and how it is used to drive change in business and protect the community. ”

As part of Copper’s involvement in the project, Head of Research, Fadi Aboualfa, will join as Executive in Residence. He will work with Imperial to study crypto market dynamics, digital asset economics and valuations. Commenting on his appointment to the position, he said: “We are delighted to be working with Imperial College Business School on this exciting project. There are many considerations and many data points involved in crypto, but many are looking for answers in the wrong places. We will try to focus on the right metrics in order to be able to make informed investment decisions while identifying the technological hurdles to adoption in order to see how the crypto economy could develop in the future. “

Copper, a London-based startup founded in 2018, has $ 84.3 million to date.