DFS Lab in collaboration with the Stellar Development Foundation (SDF) has launched a call for applicants for a Blockchain Bootcamp, designed to give early to mid-stage startups in Africa an opportunity to build on Stellar, an open-source blockchain network for financial services and products.
The bootcamp is a virtual three-day design sprint allowing participating companies to answer critical business questions with hands-on technical support and guidance from DFS Lab and SDF. Companies will define a problem, storyboard a solution, and develop a rapid prototype of their innovation. This is an exciting opportunity to support the blockchain-oriented ideas of African developers and startups, equip them with practical tools and education, and provide support to create viable solutions that fit local needs.
The most promising solutions will be awarded prizes from 5,000 to 20,000 USDC. There will be opportunities for follow-on funding for additional grants, including potential investment from SDF’s Enterprise Fund and other investors who will be present at the demo day. Interested fintech companies, blockchain native companies, and crypto-curious companies operating in Africa and looking to advance existing services or embed digital asset solutions into their models for the first time are all encouraged to apply before August 20, 2021 here.
“We are excited to see what role blockchain can play in the future of digital commerce in Africa from cross-border payments to financial inclusion, and we’re excited to offer this opportunity for startups to see where the Stellar blockchain network can benefit them,” said Jake Kendall, Partner at DFS Lab.
Viable use cases that could be explored include cross-border payments, access to financial services, or payment processing. Companies could also explore new models across asset management, compliance, NFTs, gaming, charity donations, trade finance, liquidity, and more.
“We’re thrilled to collaborate with DFS Lab to support early-stage startups building the future of digital commerce in Africa. It’s part of SDF’s effort to increase financial access and inclusion specifically with solutions rooted in local needs and expertise. It’s an honor to be a resource for bootcamp companies building on Stellar. We can’t wait to see how they innovate,” said Denelle Dixon, CEO and Executive Director of Stellar Development Foundation.
Solutions built on Stellar are already being deployed by companies including Franklin Templeton, Samsung, Leaf Global Fintech, Airtm and Tribal. The speed and scale of the Stellar network will enable new opportunities for bootcamp participants and their end users to quickly and easily transfer value, no matter where they are in the world. Stellar’s presence is growing across Africa, particularly in East and South Africa. Companies building the future of digital finance across the continent are encouraged to apply.
Africa Money & DeFi Summit connects African fintech leaders, global platforms and thought leaders on the new opportunities in Decentralized Finance (DeFi). An array of keynotes, panels and breakout sessions will deliver key insights and offer opportunities to connect, network and do business across the African fintech and DeFi landscapes.