The Neon Foundation is launching the Early Builders Program with the goal of accelerating the rapid growth of the Neon Ecosystem, increasing usability of the platform, generating value for users and driving economic activity in the Neon Network
We encourage projects of any size and origin to apply. That includes individuals, independent teams, governments, nonprofits, companies, universities, and academics. Projects should fulfill the criterion as below:
Early stage and established projects with the ability to contribute value to the Neon Ecosystem through demonstrating strong use cases.
Projects that are actively creating tools to enable other types of projects built on top of Neon EVM.
Clear strategy on use of funds with defined milestones and deliverables.
Being an advocate of open source. Research and community projects should embrace decentralization.
Teams with the right skill set and mindset to get things done and the ability to execute
Projects with robust existing communities and users demonstrating strong growth in weekly active users, TVL, or active wallets
Developer Tooling: enhance Neon EVM functionalities and improve builder experience
dApps: Novel DeFi platforms, launchpads, DAO & NFT tooling with growing user base and community
Infrastructure: Wallets, oracles, and indexers
Participants in the program will receive funding in NEON as they reach specific milestones in their projects. Funding will be released in four stages as participants progress through their milestones. The milestones will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and must be completed in the order specified below.
The Early Builders Program offers three tracks — Technical, Community, and Ecosystem — to help project teams not only overcome technical challenges, but also build vibrant communities and forge strong partnerships.