BanklessDAO's application

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BanklessDAO projects


BanklessDAO is a decentralized community with a mission to drive adoption and awareness of decentralized blockchain technologies.


BanklessDAO is a decentralised community coordinating and propagating bankless media, culture, and education. BanklessDAO launched on May 4, 2021, with the goal to drive adoption and awareness of truly bankless money systems like Ethereum and Bitcoin.

Together, the BanklessDAO community collaborates to create user-friendly onramps for people to discover decentralised financial technologies through education, media, and culture.

The BanklessDAO community runs a variety of projects; for the scope of this grant, we are focusing on the ones which provide goods and services to the entire world such as Bankless Academy, Bankless Africa, International Media Nodes, Bankless Publishing, and BanklessDAO Newsletters.

All content is free to consume and we hope to raise funds to continue generating this content

Bankless Academy

:rocket: Brief

Bankless Academy is a leading web3 “knowledge on-ramp” - a practical & engaging education experience with infrastructure preparing to be scaled across the blockchain multiverse. We’re helping the world adopt the permissionless tools they need to go Bankless.

:fire: Vision

We are building a web3 world where:

  • :books: Information is frictionless and free.
  • :facepunch: Communities are high-impact creators.
  • :globe_with_meridians: Education is permissionless (no central body dictates what you can/can’t see).

:world_map: Trajectory

Current focuses:

  • Establish a Bankless-native syllabus/user journey to move users from Centralised Exchanges to Ethereum Layer 2 self-custody.
  • Pursue collaboration with popular dApps to educate users on trusted tools available to them.
  • Build theory lessons with expert guests from the Bankless ‘Hall of Fame’.
  • Form frontier partnerships so that the Academy dApp continues to support interoperability and cutting-edge use cases.
  • Continue research, development, and onboarding for our whitelabel platform to scale our efforts into other web3 ecosystems.
  • Build a framework for contributor content creation to empower talented community educators.

:dvd: Try the dApp:


:earth_asia: Let’s scale permissionless education together!

Bankless Africa

Our community is focused on promoting the bDAO mission. We leverage crypto-based creations like Bitcoin, DeFi, and NFTs to tackle problems faced by Africans.


  • Our podcast highlights projects and people making an impact in the African crypto/web3 ecosystem.
  • Our Newsletter provides well-curated information on Bitcoin, DeFi, crypto regulations, projects, and web3 funding in the crypto/web3 space in Africa.
  • Our website helps Africans access educational courses. It includes a link to Bankless Academy, where many excellent web3 courses are available. Eventually, this website will become a native-educational platform for Africans.

Website v1 can be found here: Bankless Africa

  • We onboard and train contributors using a web3 ethos, teaching them how to contribute in various DAOs and potentially bootstrap project ideas they have.

Some links to get into our community can be found at Bankless Africa Community Links.

International Media Nodes (IMN)

Only 5% of the world’s population are native English speakers, and roughly 15% speak English on some level. The initial goal of the IMN project is to reach the remaining 80% by translating

and distributing content about blockchain technology, DeFi, the Metaverse, and web3.

All links can be found at International Media Nodes.

The International Media Nodes project believes in the liberating effect of going Bankless and what it can do for improving financial well-being and stability throughout the world. Creating and maintaining communities of people who do not speak English and educating them/opening the door for them to onboard into web3 is one of the most crucial pieces of infrastructure if we want web3 to be any different than web2.

The story so far…

We have been creating content in 15 different languages to educate people in web3 and onboard them to crypto! Currently we support content in Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Hindi, Bengali, Malayalam, Hungarian, Serbo-croatian, German, Japanese, Korean, Turkish, Ukrainian, Tamil and Romanian. We generate between 20000 - 30000 views each month in all languages combined and we have gathered over 10,000+ subscribers on our substacks and youtube channels,

Bankless Publishing

Bankless Publishing has a simple mission: ship top-shelf educational web3 content.

The World’s First Decentralized Publishing House

Bankless Publishing has pioneered the concept of a decentralized publishing house. Working with a global team of editors and designers, we have shipped nearly 200 articles, focused mainly on introductory content covering various protocols, projects, and communities within web3.

We continue to ship multiple times per week and work to refine what it means to publish in a web3 world while embracing a web3 ethos.

Our vision is to ennoble our writers’ work through a multi-stage editing process, and we seek to launch 1,000 new web3 writers. We’re proud to be well on our way to achieving this goal.

Bankless Publishing can be found at Bankless Publishing.

BanklessDAO Newsletters

BanklessDAO has been shipping newsletters since the DAO was founded nearly two years ago. We started with one internal newsletter, the Weekly Rollup, and quickly added more, including:

  • Decentralized Arts, with a focus on NFTs and the Metaverse.
  • State of the DAOs, which explores the latest developments and thought leadership in the DAO space.
  • Decentralized Law, which produces high-quality legal analysis on issues arising within web3.
  • DeFi Download, analyzing all things decentralized finance.
  • Bankless Publishing Recap, which summarizes recent articles by Bankless Publishing.

We’re proud and excited to announce that we’ll be shipping a new publication at the end of April about the burgeoning Layer 2 ecosystem. We are closer than ever to our vision of shipping a newsletter each day of the week.

As with Bankless Publishing, the BanklessDAO newsletters are shipped using decentralized processes and a diverse global talent pool. We have grown our subscriber base to more than 19,000 and regularly ship close to 20 newsletters per month.

You can find our newsletters at: BanklessDAO Newsletters

Our Ask to the Crypto Community …

At the highest level, the web3 education provided by BanklessDAO stands to empower humanity with the informed decision-making required in our digital future. We firmly believe that we align with the vision of the Ethereum Community, and that together we can work to slay Moloch.

We seriously can’t wait to show you what we have to offer this space.

Let’s Impact Together!



Problem space

BanklessDAO is addressing the problem of limited access to decentralized financial technologies and web3 education.

The DAO aims to empower individuals by providing frictionless and permissionless access to information, tools, and resources necessary to navigate the world of web3.

By offering practical and engaging education experiences through Bankless Academy, promoting crypto and web3 adoption in Africa through Bankless Africa, translating and distributing content in multiple languages through International Media Nodes, delivering top-quality web3 content through Bankless Publishing, and sharing informative newsletters through BanklessDAO Newsletters, BanklessDAO is working to bridge the gap and enable individuals worldwide to participate in the decentralized economy.

How will you spend your funding?

By allocating the raised funds to these initiatives, BanklessDAO aims to accelerate the spread of web3 education, promote financial stability and wellbeing, and empower individuals worldwide to participate in the decentralized economy. All funds raised will be shared equally between participating projects and the BanklessDAO treasury

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Applications close on the 5th of July

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Thank you for writing this amazing proposal. Nacion Bankless (AKA Bankless in Spanish) doesn’t appear in this proposal because we submitted a proposal by our means, but we are going to help with marketing, publications and relationships if are needed, also up to continue developing the BanklessDAO ethos in the ecosystem.


Thank you @Jengajojo for bringing this up. Grant-vigilant as always ser. great job.


Based on the conversation in the latest governance meeting, if we are allowed to make separate application for each project by, we will make 7 separate applications, if not we will stick to this application.

The projects are: bAfrica, IMN, bDAO, Academy, Nacion Bankless, BP, NL


Awesome, thank you Jenga! :saluting_face: