DIA Labs is a grants program run by the DIA Association to fund and support innovative projects that connect the DeFi ecosystem with trusted data.
DIA Labs aims to accelerate the development of the DeFi ecosystem, by providing financial and operational support to individuals, teams and organisations that develop open-source or proprietary modules creating utility for the wider DeFi and DIA ecosystem.
To fast track the development of your idea, DIA Labs will support builders with funding of up to USD250.000, hands-on operational support through our team and veteran mentors and last but not least, access to our network of partners and talent in the wider DeFi and crypto ecosystem.
To evaluate whether your idea is a fit, we designed a simple but rigid screening process. After a quick and easy application form, we will arrange deep dive sessions to further evaluate and plan your projects, before going into execution.
Submit an application for your vision or project. We screen all submissions for potential fit.
If there is a fit, we will arrange deep dive sessions into product, tech, marketing and strategy.
Define your roadmap, milestones and how you will leverage the DIA grant for your vision.
After finalising agreements you can begin execution of your strategy with the help of our team.
Projects applying for a DIA Labs grant should ideally meet a set of criteria in terms of their product, team and status to ensure a good fit with the goals of the program and a positive outcome:
DIA Labs is open for any and all suggestions. While we provide loose guidance on the criteria that should be met and are awaiting your innovative project ideas, there are topics that we we would be excited to see tackled.
Below is an overview of projects that we envision will have a significant value add for the DeFi ecosystem. Reach out to us if you are working on something similar or if you would like to start work on one of the following projects:
Tamar is a legal professional and Crypto industry insider. She is currently working at Binance with the Strategy & Business Development focus. Tamar is also a PhD candidate in Law at Shanghai University. She has been an active contributor as a mentor to industry-specific accelerator programs in different jurisdictions.
She is currently a mentor at Outlier Venture’s Base Camp and ZILHIVE Accelerator. In 2019 she joined “Forbes 30 Under 30” list under the Technology category.
Despite his biochemistry background, blockchain has always caught Simon’s interest since early 2017. Roughly 2 years ago he swapped his PhD for a career in crypto. After co-founding Blockfyre, a research house focused on token-based Blockchain projects, Simon co-founded Moonrock Capital, a VC focused on crypto investments, under which he then built an accelerator arm over time.
As of today, Simon’s strongest focus lies in fundamental analysis and the incubation of early-stage cryptocurrency projects.
Eric is the Ecosystem Development Lead at Parity Technologies. He oversees Polkadot and Substrate Ecosystem Growth, including lead-gen, conversion, and multiple other endeavours to increase Substrate’s ecosystem reach.
Prior to this, he co-founded Archon, a decentralised cloud startup, where he led BD and a $2.1M seed round. Eric also has experience in institutional blockchain investments. Eric left his Chemistry PhD program at Stanford to pursue a career in blockchain, and has a MS from Stanford and BS from UCLA.
Prior to working at Outlier Ventures Charlotte worked at a range of different marketing agencies, ranging from large network agencies to growing start-ups.
As head of Strategic Partnerships at Outlier Ventures, Charlotte is responsible for building the profile of Outlier Ventures by strengthening the connectedness in the community of participants in their ecosystem.