May 6, 2024 · Reading Time: 2 minutes Page last updated May 14, 2024

Announcing the Seed Grant Program

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Today, the Starknet Foundation is excited to announce the launch of our Seed Grant Program.

Designed to provide teams with grants of up to $25,000 USDC, the Seed Grant Program will accelerate and usher in a new wave of cutting-edge dApps, infrastructure, and tooling products across all categories in Web3.

Who can qualify?

The Seed Grant Program aims to support early stage teams with non-dilutive funding to support their go-to-market efforts.

This new program is intended for projects that have already developed a minimum viable product (MVP) or proof of concept, but haven’t yet gone to market and acquired a core group of users yet.

Consider applying for a Seed Grant if you or your project satisfy the following criteria:

  • actively involved in the Starknet community and / or participated in a Starknet hackathon, builder program, or other entry-level initiative;
  • developed an MVP or proof of concept; and
  • planning on using or building upon existing Starknet tools and integrations.

Grant Amounts

The Seed Grant Program will allocate eligible teams with grants of up to $25,000 USDC for a period of three months.

Application Process

  1. Application – apply via our grant submission form to submit your project.
  2. Internal Evaluation – an internal committee will assess each application based on potential impact, innovation, milestones, community engagement & track record, and embeddedness with the Starknet ecosystem.
  3. Results – results will be communicated to applicants within two weeks.
  4. Onboarding – successful applicants (Grantees) will need to complete KYC and sign a grant agreement before receiving funding.
  5. Post Grant Check-in – after three months, the Foundation will check-in with Grantees and assess the results. The Grantees should share regular updates (blog posts, videos, AMAs etc) with the team to assist in this process.

Who is Not Eligible

This program is not for mature stage projects.  If your product has been live on mainnet for over three months and/or has a core group of users already, it will not be eligible for a Seed Grant.

We do not accept applications related to:

  • Gambling
  • Drugs
  • Firearms
  • Illicit trade
  • Money laundering
  • Any criminal activity

About Starknet

Starknet is a decentralised layer two building on top of the Ethereum network.  From the beginning, Starknet has led innovation with the invention and application of ZK-STARKs as the first validity-proofs to settle on Ethereum. As we continue forward, we believe Starknet will be the first to reach the high transaction rates necessary for a global scale without sacrificing the blockchain first principles lost in the pursuit of scalability.