Kleros Incubator

A program that provides company building, up to $50,000 in funding, housing and travel support to teams willing to create projects or Dapps connected to the Kleros protocol. A $1M pool is available in follow-up funding for promising teams graduating from the program.

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Who Can Apply

Teams who are building decentralized applications or other tools that will foster the adoption of the Kleros protocol.

How it Works

The program has a duration of 12 weeks during which participants have a number of workshops covering different aspects of building a project in the Blockchain industry.

Where it Takes Place

The incubation program takes place at The Block co-working space in the beautiful city of Lisbon. 🇵🇹

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Kleros Incubator?
The Kleros Incubator is a program hosted by the Coopérative Kleros that provides company building and financial support to teams willing to create projects or Dapps connected to the Kleros protocol.

What happens at the Kleros Incubator?
Participants take part in a 3 month incubation program that helps them kickstart or grow their project. The incubation process is conducted <anchor>at the Block co-working space</anchor> in Lisbon and consists of a number of workshops including strategy, prototyping, smart contract security, marketing and fundraising. The program ends with a demo day where teams present their progress to a panel of investors and the wider community.

When does the program start?
The 2021 batch will take place in Lisbon from October 18th to January 17th, 2022.

How is the program structured?
The program consists in a series of weekly workshops covering the different aspects of building a blockchain project. Week 1. Welcome and Orientation. Week 2. Lean Canvas: Strategy Design. Week 3. User Interviews: Strategy Validation. Week 4. Prototyping Week 5. UX/UI for Web3 Week 6. Smart Contract Security (part 1) Week 7. Smart Contract Security (part 2) Week 8. Web3 Implementation Week 9. Marketing & Community Building Week 10. Building an Investment Deck Week 11. Fundraising Tactics and Legal Week 12. Final Rehearsal & Demo Day

Who can apply?
Early stage teams building companies or projects connected to the Kleros protocol are welcome to apply. This includes arbitrable Dapps that could benefit from Kleros protocol in its escrow, curation and oracle use cases as well as companies that seek to foster the adoption of the Kleros protocol through other means.

Where do I apply?
The application process starts by filling <anchor1>this form</anchor1>. If you’re selected to the next stage, you will have an interview with the Kleros executive team to discuss your idea, the problem you’re solving, your value proposition, the team and your user acquisition strategy. The decision will be made after that interview.

What's the deadline to apply?
The application deadline for the 2021 incubation program is September 6th, 2021.

Where can I find some ideas about companies which could be based on Kleros?
Chapter 6 of the <anchor2>Kleros Book</anchor2> discusses Kleros use cases in depth. You can find lots of inspiration here. Also feel free to use this <anchor3>online tool</anchor3> and to engage in discussions with members of the community in the Kleros Telegram group.

How much do you invest?
The Coopérative Kleros provides initial funding for team members to move to Lisbon during the incubation program and will provide additional funding as an investment to the most promising projects.

Who reviews the applications?
Different members of the Kleros team review the applications, including the founders.

We've already raised funding. Can we still apply?
Yes.

We don't really need the money. Does it still make sense to apply?
Funding is just a small part of what the Kleros Incubator can do for your project. The incubation process will also give you support in strategy, development, marketing and community building. So you are welcome to apply to the incubator.

I don’t have a team. Can I apply as a solo founder?
Yes.

Can I apply more than once with the same idea?
Not in the same batch. But if your application is rejected, you can try again in the next batch.

Our team already participated in another incubator/accelerator, can we still apply?
Yes.

What happens after the program ends?
Your team can relocate to wherever you feel more comfortable working. You will still count on the Coopérative Kleros for advice and support to make your project succeed.