While the Web 2.0 democratized many power structures and created new opportunities, the economic engine is largely privatized and monopolized. Facebook, Uber and AirBnB have created private networks for public infrastructure which they dominate. The Web 3.0 is the antithesis of this, it’s about multiple profit centers sharing value across an open network.
Solve complex technical RnD solutions and get support from the market innovators.
Research Pantheon, ConsesysLabs, EEA, build_ua
Interoperability / BTC Bridge Web3 grant
DevX researches / FE smart contracts autofill
Adoption / Usability
No central point of control
Ownership of data
Dramatic reduction in hacks and data breaches
Target Audience: crypto wallets owners
HMW we give users feel of safety - 1 global, secure place (4)
HMW to avoid memorizing the pass (3)
HWM Make reentering super easy and secure (1)
Improving the cryptowallet authorization experience with security level selector
Create convenient tools for DApps development using cloud providers
Polkadot Grants –These are more informal grants published on the Web 3 Foundation's github. Funding can be applied for by those building around the Polkadot ecosystem and working to make the Web 3 vision a reality.
UI / Wallets (Besides Metamask-like wallets at the moment!)
UI / Mobile Integrations
Polkadot Runtime Modules and corresponding UIs
General app modules, see Ethereum paper for inspiration
Tools for easy deployment ++
Parachain development kits +
Off-chain worker tooling +-
Adaptations of existing blockchains as parachains +-
Distributed File Storage (e.g. IPFS) ++
Key server networks - (?)
Polkadot Runtime Modules and corresponding UIs - all +
Technical and economical
Analysis of existing protocols and implementations
New chains - Adaptations of existing blockchains as parachains
New protocols that are useful for Web3 stack
Development and deployment tooling
ConsenSys Grants – will be dispersed in amounts of $10-25k via Gitcoin. Applicants will have the opportunity to apply under categories, which will be determined by the wider Ethereum community in an effort to support decentralized decision making. For now, ConsenSys will support projects that focus on infrastructure, research, user experience, design, interoperability, and developer tools. To learn more, sign up here for a dedicated newsletter to keep up to date on grant recipients and projects.
Moloch DAO – grants-DAO/Guild supporting the development of Ethereum. Ethereum founders Joseph Lubin and Vitalik Buterin and their respective organizations ConsenSys and the Ethereum Foundation are each donating 1,000 ether (ETH) to the Moloch decentralized autonomous organization (DAO). This donation brings the organization's total funds up to $1 million, a Cointelegraph correspondent learned at the Ethereal Summit on May 10.
Ethereum Community Fund – The Ethereum Community Fund is similar to the EF in that it wishes to advance the Ethereum ecosystem, however is backed by several founding members including Cosmos, OmiseGo, Maker, Golem, Web3 and Status. Typical grant amounts range from $10,000 to $100,000; in general, ECF will provide funding that will initially cover 6 months of runway. See previously funded ECF alumni here. Interested parties can submit an application here.
Ethereum Foundation – The Ethereum Foundation grants have committed over $11M to over 52 projects since they kicked off their program at the start of 2018. They fund projects that are committed to advancing the Ethereum ecosystem; a rather broad mandate covering public infrastructure and community goods. Preceding the funding of each wave, the EF publishes a wish list for the types of projects that they hope to see apply.
Interchain Foundation –The Interchain Foundation supports development around the Cosmos ecosystem. Currently, the foundation operates on an ad-hoc basis but will evolve into a fully-formed program towards the end of 2018, after the launch of the Cosmos Network.
Blockstack Public Benefit Corporation –The Blockstack Public Benefit Corporation is committing $1M to support teams building social network dapps using the Blockstack infrastucture. Each developer or team that is accepted will receive $100K.
Bitcoin Development Grants – A $1.2M grant fund for Bitcoin protocol development supported by Bitmain, Xapo and many more crypto figureheads.
Scuttlebutt Grants – $5k grants ($200k pledged) to support with the development of Scuttlebutt, funded by DFINITY.
0x Ecosystem Acceleration Program – funding startups building in a variety of 0x relayer verticals.
The Stable Fund – aim to support startups using using Dai or Maker infrastructure as a core component. The Stable Fund offers no-strings attached (equity-free) grants of up to $25k and equity funding of up to $200k.
Stellar Partnership Grant Program – This grant program aims to support projects who integrate with the Stellar network and pursue the improvement of the global financial landscape and promote financial inclusion. The Stellar Development Foundation has allocated 25 billion total lumens to this program (a monster $6b pool at these prices?!).
The Request Fund – Request Network has pledged $30 million (in $REQ & $ETH) over the next 5 years to the Request Fund for projects based around mobile apps to create, detect, and pay requests. See here for a wishlist from the Request network team and the application form here.
SmartCash SmartHive Governance Portal – Over 10 million SMART available (~$2M USD) to fund projects contributing to the SmartCash ecosystem. SmartCash holders vote on projects to be funded.
NEM Community Fund – As of September 2018, funding process is undergoing a restructure. The funding pool consists of ~300 million NEM ($28M at current prices) and is largely focused on the Asia-Pacific region.
ETH PRIZE – issuing bounties to solve the Ethereum ecosystem's biggest challenges. There are currently two bounties available, for $250k each.
Giveth – A Community of Makers Building the Future of Giving
GitCoin – the easiest way to monetize or incentivize work in Open Source Software
WeTrust – Proof of Impact Fundraising
The Bounties Network –An open-source, generalized platform for bounties across Ethereum
Feb 15-17 EthDenver
Mar 8-10 EthParis
Apr 8-14 EDCON (Sydney) – Kirill
Apr 12-14 Odyssey - Biggest Blockchain & AI hackathon (Groningen, Netherlands) – Max
Apr 19-21 EthCapetown
May 9 Coinlist The Graph
May 13-15 Consesus (NYC)
May 17-19 EthNYC
Aug 10-12 EthIndia (Bangalore)
Sep 6-8 EthBoston
Oct 11-13 EthWaterloo
Singapore blockchain accelerator
UK blockchain accelerators supported by News / We In Social Tech
Y Combinator https://www.startupschool.org/