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The Tezos Foundation is pleased to announce that it will issue grants to support the expansion of international baker (“validator”) communities, the development of tools and services related to baking, the integration of Trezor hardware wallets with Tezos, and the creation of a universal mobile wallet featuring secure multi-party computation. These grants will be issued to Cryptium Labs, MyTezosBaker, Simple Staking, and KZen Networks, respectively.
Cryptium Labs is a Switzerland-based company that was established to offer secure and reliable block validation services for proof-of-stake networks. Led by Adrian Brink, Awa Sun Yin, and Christopher Goes, the Cryptium Labs team will continue to publish content for the Tezos community, develop tools related to baking (such as key management systems), and conduct further research related to the Tezos protocol. Cryptium Labs will also use its initial grant from the Foundation to support the Chinese and Spanish-speaking Tezos communities by localizing content and hosting meetups.
In an effort to foster a dynamic community of bakers, the Tezos Foundation is also providing a grant to MyTezosBaker. In its current form, MyTezosBaker displays a curated list of current and potential bakers for Tezos token holders to research and delegate to. This grant will allow the team, led by Shazaf Burki, to scale up operations, automate the listing process as much as possible, and add more advanced features.
Founded by Juraj Selep, Simple Staking is a company working to integrate Tezos with the Trezor hardware wallet. Trezor support will give Tezos token holders an additional hardware wallet option. Furthermore, the Simple Staking team will work to allow developers to integrate Trezor wallets into their Tezos applications.
The KZen Networks team is developing “ZenGo.” With this grant, KZen Networks, led by Ouriel Ohayon, will continue its work on a universal mobile wallet. The ZenGo wallet will enable Tezos token holders to conduct multi-signature (“multi-sig”) transactions using secure multi-party computation. In the future, the KZen Networks team plans to offer Tezos bakers multi-sig support and mobile access to baking and voting.
The Tezos Foundation’s core mission is to support the long-term success of the Tezos protocol and ecosystem. By funding projects imagined by scientists, researchers, developers, entrepreneurs, and enthusiasts, the Foundation encourages decentralized development and robust participation. Projects in need of immediate consideration for a grant from the Foundation are invited to submit grant proposals and contribute to Tezos.