Solana Foundation and CoinDCX Announce ₹25 CroreGrant Program for Indian Web3 Developers on the occasion of the 75th Republic Day

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  • Stoking innovation from Indian developers: This is the first open-grant program at this scale in India, unlocking opportunities for web3 developers and positioning India as a global Web3 innovation hub.
  • Build web3 talent in India: Tapping into the existing quality web3 talent pool in India, this the grant will further build capacity of web3 developers, fueling entrepreneurship and job creation as the blockchain ecosystem expands.
  • Building Mobile First, Real-World Use Cases for India: This collaborative two year-long initiative, commencing on January 26, 2024, is exclusively designed for Indian builders engaged in the Solana ecosystem. The mission is to accelerate the development of real-world use cases and mobile applications.

Bengaluru, January 23, 2024 – CoinDCX, Solana Foundation, and Superteam jointly announce a ₹25 Crore grant program for Indian web3 developers. This initiative kicks off unparalleled opportunities for Indian blockchain developers and reinforces the nation’s status as a thriving global hub for Web3 innovation. This program is exclusively designed for Indian builders engaged in the Solana ecosystem and to advance the adoption of public blockchains in India.

The grant program is set to be launched on January 26, 2024, in alignment with the Republic Day theme, “Viksit Bharat” (Developed India), chosen for 2024. This strategic decision by the Solana Foundation and CoinDCX to tap into India’s growing Web3 market, entrepreneurship, and capability to build world class web3 products and apps further solidifies the country’s position as a global technology hub.

Sumit Gupta, Co-Founder of CoinDCX, expressed enthusiasm about the
collaboration, highlighting its potential benefits for the Indian web3 industry. “Drawing parallels to the success of India’s IT/ITeS sector, which has surpassed a $200 billion industry and is projected to reach $350 billion in revenues by 2030, we need to cultivate talent for sustained market share and leadership in blockchain software development. With India Already contributing 11% of global web3 developers, I expect an encouraging ecosystem and government support to transform the country into a web3 powerhouse, adding a robust 1.1 trillion-dollar to the economy”.

Akshay BD, Advisor, Solana Foundation, said, “This initiative underscores our commitment to support Indian developers to build and ship global protocols from India. A tight integration between Solana’s ecosystem & CoinDCX’s products allows developers and companies to create delightful experiences for their customers while staying compliant with the existing regulations.”

Solana Foundation grants are open to any enthusiasts who want to build in web3.
The grant application process is open to all, including individuals, independent teams, governmental bodies, non-profit organizations, corporate entities, universities, and academic institutions. Successful grantees will receive invitations to join Superteam India—an exclusive, self-organized community of Solana ecosystem contributors dedicated to building the next generation of internet applications and protocols.

The ₹25 Crore Grant Program will be utilized to:

  • Advance Blockchain Education and Hackathons: CoinDCX and Solana Foundation will support technical education aimed at developers and engineers to accelerate the responsible adoption of public blockchains. Solana Foundation will also host two global hackathons in a year and include CoinDCX as a sponsor for an India-specific prize track. CoinDCX Ventures will invest in the best teams emerging from these hackathons.
  • Drive Public Blockchain Adoption: CoinDCX and Solana Foundation will collaborate on advancing real-world use cases of public blockchains, such as loyalty programs and tokenization of Real World Assets such as stocks, bonds, and real estate. This enables individuals to get fractional ownership of assets that might otherwise have been unaffordable.

Neeraj Khandelwal, Co-Founder, CoinDCX & Okto, stated “There is huge potential for mass adoption of blockchain technology and real world use cases. This initiative, alongside the Solana Foundation, will bring more real world use cases on public blockchains. India having over a billion mobile users, the grant will strategically emphasize the development of web3 apps on Mobile. During the hackathons, developers can also leverage Okto’s embedded wallet, with other developer friendly tools from the team”

The Okto embedded wallet SDK simplifies the transition from the current to the new world of Web3, empowering any App or internet company to seamlessly integrate their infrastructure with that of Web3 in a matter of minutes and can be conveniently managed by a single developer.

“CoinDCX, through its CoinDCX Ventures, will invest in exciting projects emerging from this initiative, solidifying its position as the Indian entry point/partner for the web3 ecosystem”, added Sumit.

About CoinDCX

Established in 2018, CoinDCX is the preferred crypto exchange in India, trusted by over 1.4 crore registered users. Our mission is simple: to provide easy access to Web3 experiences and democratize investments in virtual digital assets.

Being the first FIU registered entity , we prioritize user safety and security, strictly adhering to KYC and AML guidelines. In our commitment to quality, we employ a stringent 7M Framework for the listing of crypto projects, ensuring users access only the safest digital assets.

CoinDCX has partnered with Okto for India to launch a secure multi-chain DeFi app that offers a keyless, self-custody wallet. It aims to simplify the world of decentralized finance (DeFi) by providing a secure, user-friendly, and innovative solution for managing digital assets.

Through CoinDCX Ventures, we have invested in over 15 innovative Web3 projects, reinforcing our dedication to the Web3 ecosystem. Our flagship educational initiative, #NamasteWeb3 empowers Indians with crypto knowledge, preparing them for the future of virtual digital assets. CoinDCX’s vision and potential have gained the confidence of global investors, including Pantera, Steadview Capital, Kingsway, Polychain Capital, B Capital Group, Bain Capital Ventures, Cadenza, Draper Dragon, Republic, Kindred and Coinbase Ventures.

At CoinDCX, we are leading India towards the decentralized future of Web3 with an unwavering commitment to safety, simplicity, and education

About Solana Foundation

The Solana Foundation is a non-profit foundation based in Zug, Switzerland, dedicated to the decentralization, adoption, and security of the Solana network. For
more information, please visit https://solana.org/

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