ConsenSys Grants Awards Funding for Third Cohort of Ethereum Projects

Launched at Devcon 4 in 2018, ConsenSys Grants is an effort to encourage the growth of the Ethereum infrastructure layer with bounties and grants for open source projects.
by ConsenSysFebruary 14, 2020

Denver, COLORADO — Initially announced at Devcon 4 in 2018, Joseph Lubin, co-founder of Ethereum and the founder of ConsenSys created a $550,000 grant fund to be distributed to projects building out the Ethereum ecosystem. Since 2019, the ConsenSys Grants program has funded 25 projects in total. 

ConsenSys Grants funds open-source projects that benefit the greater Ethereum ecosystem. Projects supported include critical areas such as core infrastructure, improved developer tooling and UX, security, and access to knowledge for developers, users, and social impact projects. Today, the ConsenSys Grants program is proud to announce the third cohort of projects to receive funding. 

Infrastructure

  • Ethereum State Analytics: $25,000 to an accessible and reproducible analytics tool tracking Ethereum growth, based on Turbo Geth.

Ecosystem Growth:

  • BlockchainsForSchools: $10,000 to a team of high school and college students bringing the next generation of innovators, entrepreneurs, and engineers into the blockchain industry.
  • BURNER WALLET 2: The next step of the Burner Wallet project is to extend further than a simple onboarding/event tool. The low friction user experience of the Wallet can enable it to function as a “remote control” for using dapps. –  $10,000 

Usability + Dev Tooling:

  • EthereumETL: $10,000 for facilitating big data science processes with Ethereum data

 

 

 

The previous projects to received funding from ConsenSys Grants in 2019 included:

Security

  • Lighthouse: Ethereum Serenity client enabling users to enjoy the benefits of a sharded, proof-of-stake Ethereum platform with 1000x capacity, $50,000
  • Unikeys: Biometric card hardware wallets that enable crypto users to easily and securely validate payments using their cards with smartphones, $25,000

Infrastructure 

  • Gas Station Network: / EIP-1613: Solving the gasless users onboarding problem in a trustless decentralized way, through a network of incentivized relays, $25,000
  • Notus: service that allows users to trigger webhooks from Ethereum smart contract events or Graph Protocol GraphQL subscriptions, $5,000
  • Zeropool: A fully anonymous and non-trackable transactions on Ethereum supporting multiple ERC20 tokens, ethers and anonymous atomic swaps, $25,000
  • PISA: Building and protecting global, privacy-preserving, permissionless and off-chain smart contracts, $25,000
  • Tellor: A decentralized oracle that provides an efficient, trustless and decentralized alternative for off-chain data, $25,000
  • DappNode: A decentralized network of personally-owned nodes with and user-friendly interface, $25,000
  • Trueblocks: Framework that indexes appearances of addresses, providing lightning-fast access to full, complete, audit-quality transaction histories for any address, $25,000

 

Usability + dev tooling

  • Kickback: Helps blockchain event organizers attract new participants with little to no knowledge or experience of interacting with dapps and smart contracts, $10,000
  • Vyper: A contract-oriented, pythonic programming language targeting the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) – $30,000
  • Alice: Mobile app to easily build native mobile applications, $25,000
  • Ethers.js: A complete Ethereum JavaScript library for building wallets, frameworks and tools, with a focus on security, compactness and simplicity, $25,000
  • ETH Dev Tools: ‘Swiss-army knife’ chrome extension tool that gives developers strong inspection, debugging, and manual testing abilities during dapp development, $10,000
  • Mailchain: Easily send and receive rich-media HTML messages between blockchain public addresses through a simple, email-like interface, $25,000
  • Reach: Programming language/development platform that abstracts away the complications of the blockchain while automatically formally-verifying an entire dapp, $25,000
  • Tribute: DeFi subscription micropayments layer built on rDAI and powered by directing interest flows from crypto holdings to whatever the owner wishes to support, $10,000

 

Social Impact 

  • Ribbon Blockchain: Public Health Incentives App: Using tokenized incentives to make positive lifestyle changes & reducing the burden on the medical system, $25,000
  • Nori: Using blockchain technology to incentivize carbon removal makes sense. Nori is preventing fraud and double-counting in the carbon market, and the NORI token enables the world to set a truly market-driven price on removing a ton of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, $10,000

Education + technical knowledge

 

“Sigma Prime is extremely grateful for the support received from ConsenSys. This grant helped us scale the Lighthouse development team, allowing us to hire and retain amazing talents. We’re proud of all the progress achieved over the past few months, with Lighthouse becoming a leading Eth2 implementation. The funding received from ConsenSys is instrumental to reaching our goals.”

— Mehdi Zerouali, Director, Sigma Prime

 

“ConsenSys Grants is more than the money; it helped the team understand it’s on the right track, and [gave] community validation. A great tool for showing community that this is a step in the right direction.”

— Yoav Weiss, CTO, TabooKey (Gas Station Network)

“Girls are coming out of the program so well-rounded, educated, and being able to compete in the blockchain space. They are telling their story through the communities that they serve. It has been awesome. And provided them a platform to be invited to the blockchain ecosystem.”

—  Ewurabena Ashun, Curriculum Management & Development , Black Girls Code

 

 

 

About ConsenSys Grants

ConsenSys Grants funds projects that meet the needs of a rapidly accelerating Ethereum ecosystem. Some key areas include: core infrastructure, improved developer tooling and UX, security, and access to knowledge for both developers and users. We are equally focused on funding core components and technology that will enable far reaching Social impact projects. 

About ConsenSys

ConsenSys is one of the world’s largest blockchain companies, building the tools, infrastructure, and applications that power the Ethereum network. Since 2014, we have tokenized billions of dollars in digital assets, including a wide range of consumer products, stablecoins, real estate, and financial instruments, powering tens of billions of dollars in blockchain-based transactions. Through our applications, we have served hundreds of thousands of users, ranging from central banks and major financial institutions to developers and retail users of the Ethereum mainnet.

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