Update: Week of 20 January 2020

January 24, 2020

Dear Tezos community, It was an exciting week for the Tezos ecosystem, as VC firm Andra Capital announced that it will launch its Silicon Valley Coin (SVC) on Tezos via TokenSoft’s issuance platform. The SVC will enable eligible investors to invest in Andra Capital’s open-ended technology fund, which will invest in private technology companies.  This […]

Dear Tezos community,

It was an exciting week for the Tezos ecosystem, as VC firm Andra Capital announced that it will launch its Silicon Valley Coin (SVC) on Tezos via TokenSoft’s issuance platform. The SVC will enable eligible investors to invest in Andra Capital’s open-ended technology fund, which will invest in private technology companies. 

This is another example of Tezos leading the digital securities (security token) ecosystem, as firms all over the world, including Elevated Returns, BTG Pactual, Fundament Group, and Alliance Investments, have each chosen to issue digital securities on Tezos.

We are thrilled to see increased adoption of the Tezos blockchain by professional teams like Andra, and look forward to announcing more exciting partnerships throughout 2020.

Best regards,
Ryan

Grantees, Funded Entities, and Other News
Below are some updates from the last week:

From Tezos Israel

 

Our Activities
The Foundation announced the third cohort of Tezos ecosystem grants this week. After receiving 90 proposal submissions after a recent RFP, the Foundation is proud to announce it has issued 21 new ecosystem grants. Congratulations to all grant recipients! Check out the link above to learn more about these projects.

The Foundation is also pleased to issue another RFP, with submissions due by February 21. For its next cohort of ecosystem grants, the Foundation will consider and accept proposals targeting the following categories:

  • Applications built using Tezos smart contracts (with a special interest in Decentralized Finance, or “DeFi”, and digital securities applications)
  • Tools for Tezos smart contract development (e.g. smart contract testing tools, smart contract templates, infrastructure, etc.)
  • Educational/training resources covering Tezos (e.g. Kauri, CryptoZombies, etc.)
  • Projects focused on using Tezos in new markets (industries and/or geographies)
  • Marketing and other initiatives to help increase awareness of Tezos and its ecosystem
  • Tooling around tez as money
  • Projects which are uniquely possible on Tezos
  • Other proposals for projects targeting categories not listed above that may benefit the Tezos ecosystem

Prospective applicants should submit grant proposals here.

In addition to its grantmaking activities, Foundation CFO Roman Schnider spoke on a panel at the Geneva Annual Blockchain Congress on January 20. He discussed tokenized assets and capital markets. Additionally, Foundation Council Member Hubertus Thonhauser discussed digital assets on a panel at the CV Labs Summit in Davos on January 23.

FAQs
What is the Tezos mainnet faucet and how does it work?

The Tezos faucet allows developers and users to request Tezos tokens for development and testing purposes. To acquire tez for development and testing purposes, enter a Tezos address and complete the captcha prompt at faucet.tezos.com. You can learn more about the Tezos faucet here.