Early-stage entrepreneurs lack the experience with Catalyst to effectively communicate their projects
Create a 3-month 'Zero to Funded' Catalyst training program for entrepreneurs, resulting in projects, team-creation and funded proposals
This is the total amount allocated to Catalyst Virtual Start-up Bootcamp
A 6-week bootcamp for future proposers on communicating their ideas effectively within Catalyst, obtaining the business skills needed, and finding the rights teams to implement.
How does the proposal fit into this challenge?
Bootcamps are a common feature in the start-up world. By giving teams and individuals access to training, guidance and mentorship, we create an environment that can foster high-quality proposals by well-informed and competent teams.
How will this campaign add value to our ecosystem?
By drawing upon the wider start-up community, we can onboard talented entrepreneurs into the Catalyst ecosystem, as well as training those already familiar with Catalyst but lacking the skills needed to get their proposals successfully funded.
Outlook and future challenges?
An initial program of 20 individuals and 5 teams will be invited by application to participate. After a series of lectures, training sessions and demos, the 5 teams will be assigned a Catalyst mentor each and the 20 individuals will be put through a 6-week bootcamp aimed at taking them from 'Zero to Funded'. At this bootcamp, they will be pitching ideas, creating teams and at the end will be presenting to a panelist of experts and mentors. We will be following the Startupbootcamp (https://www.startupbootcamp.org/) model for this, applied to a virtual setting, with the help of WADA and their partners.
Reference (Past Successes):
Having joined Startupbootcamp as a team leader on several of its programs and gone on to be an organizer for an enterprise accelerator, I have experience delivering such programs and am well-versed in curriculum development, session facilitation, and journey-mapping of the participants. In collaboration with WADA and its partners, we have at our disposal:
After voting takes place and funding is successfully secured:
Program launch (Jan 15th):
Core Team & Roles:
Josh Fielding - Program Lead + Finance Lead @ WADA
Sidney Nicholas - Advisory Lead + Diaspora Lead @ WADA
Mercy - Community Organiser + Coordination Lead @ WADA
Megan - Events & Central Africa Regional Lead @WADA
Main Stakeholder: WADA (https://wadalliance.org)
Catalyst Swarm who are the foremost leaders in Catalyst collaboration and can assist us in team creation, brainstorming, dynamic virtual gatherings and conference-style presentations
Blockchain Education Network (BEN), who has a network of thousands of students that could be trained and onboarded as this program grows
PATF - Our long-term partners who have been delivering blockchain bootcamps and providing legal advice since early 2020
What success looks like:
Over 50% of CVSB-approved proposals get funded. After a successful program, we will have created the curriculum, set up the online learning platform, have a pool of mentors and experts to draw on and resubmit for a second round.
Education Quality: Experienced teachers, educators and start-up coaches within the WADA network that can ensure a high standard of education and training is delivered throughout the program.
Proposal Quality: WADA and partners are long-time Catalyst members with several successfully funded proposals, as well as assisting others on their Catalyst journey.
Future sustainability: After the tipping-point of demand and value-creation is reached, we can then seek out sponsors, investors and partners for continued financial sustainability outside of Catalyst.
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