There have been a few discussions about utilizing our capabilities to support the ecosystem and, at the same time, bring value back to GitcoinDAO. That’s really aligned with my view that every organization needs to have a long-term sustainable economic model that creates more value than it consumes and I want GitcoinDAO to have a very strong economic model as many organizations and people depend on it.
And one idea is coming back to me repeatedly: Gitcoin Accelerator Program.
Main reasons why I see so many synergies:
- We are funding early-stage projects
- We are building our products
- We are running Hackathons
Some other reasons:
- Many early-stage organizations are reaching out to us to partner with us
- We are a trusted organization
- We are in the build market
I didn’t detail how all those reasons are connected, as I want to spark the discussion but keep space for everyone to make their own opinion.
The other aspect is revenue and value creation. I truly believe that an accelerator program, if done correctly, can bring tons of value to the organizations participating in it. And if that organization also participates in the grants round, that is an additional “matching round” for them.
We can exponentially increase the value created by Gitcoin Grants funding by including support and advice to those organizations.
And from a revenue perspective, this accelerator program can be sponsored by one of our partners, or we can participate in the success of those projects through token swap or any other mechanism.
If we prove the value of the program, I believe we would be able to set up a sustainable business model for it.
We already have a few partnerships where we ad-hoc advising on projects, but it’s challenging if there is no structure, support, or clear goals. I want to change that and develop a program to create more value for the ecosystem and GitcoinDAO.
What is your view on creating an Accelerator Program, and is that something you would like to participate in?