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E-0003 Web3 and the Ownership Economy Cohort Course Grant

Publication Date: 1/12/2022
Call for proposals for the MVP Wave closes at 11:59pm PT on January 26, 2022.

About this Grant

Type: Strategy, Project Management
Mentor: Shirley Yang
Project Length:
  • 8 weeks
  • Estimated 80 hours
  • Start: February 21, 2022
  • End: April 18, 2022
Compenstation $6,000
  • Option 1: 50/50 Split USDC to BTRST
  • Option 2: 70/30 Split USDC to BTRST
  • The amount of BTRST will be determined based on the USD value of the grant (30 day trailing average USD price of token at time of grant issued). Add’l FAQs for compensation can be found here.

About the Project

1. What is the Problem or Opportunity?

The Braintrust network is seeing incredible growth in clients, jobs, talent, community, GSV, and more. A big factor of that is this unique Web3 model that puts users first.
There is more to crypto than just financial applications. As a member of the Braintrust network, you know that. So do Web3 thought leaders Chris Dixon and Packy McCormick, who recently wrote about the future of Web3 in The Economist, and included Braintrust in the article: "#Web3 applications are wresting market share from centralised incumbents. Braintrust, a Web3 talent marketplace that incentivizes participants with tokens ... is gaining ground on public competitors such as Upwork." Web3 is still a relatively new concept and to help community members further understand its value and usage, we want to develop a cohort course that teaches and inspires the ownership economy that Web3 enables.
Project Evaluation: Ambassador Projects Evaluation
Framework Focus Area: Community

2. Why now?

Now that the BTRST token is public and grants programs are launching, it’s time to double-down on community-led efforts to further decentralize control on Braintrust. And that includes creating educational content for the community.

3. Project Overview

Create a 4-week cohort course with various instructors called “Web3 and the Ownership Economy” with a similar format to this course, hosted on and Discord to provide educational materials to the community and further establish Braintrust in the Web3 space.

3a. High-Level Requirements

  1. 1.
    Create a course syllabus like this one.
  2. 2.
    Recruit and schedule instructors/speakers for the course.
  3. 3.
    Produce content for the course, publish to
  4. 4.
    Work with Community & Marketing teams to promote the course both internally and externally to enroll the first cohort of 30 students.
  5. 5.
    Execute against the first 4-week cohort course.
  6. 6.
    Provide measurement and impact of the course.

3b. Refining Requirements

Your proposal should expand on what is written above by listing concrete methods to achieve the aforementioned goals, propose (if needed) an appropriate timeline, and constantly make program improvements.

4. Milestones & Checkpoints

All contributors will be expected to record a 1-minute summary video to be shared with the community in the monthly Growth Reports video.
Week 1: Build a program infrastructure plan including how success will be measured, a course marketing and student enrollment plan.
Weeks 2 - 3: Develop the syllabus and secure speakers/instructors for the course.
Week 4: Execute against the marketing and student enrollment plan. Enroll a class of 30 students for the first cohort.
Week 5: Execute course week 1 activities
Week 6: Execute course week 2 activities
Week 7: Execute course week 3 activities
Week 8: Execute course week 4 activities and provide summary materials

5. What is success?

  • Successfully “graduate” 30+ students through the first cohort of the course.
  • The course results in student contributions to the network: apply to become Educators, Ambassadors and Builders, contribute on Discord, etc.
  • 4.5+ Star ratings & reviews of the course.

The Contributor

This grant is available to any Level 1 - Level 3 Braintrust Contributor. You will be asked to submit your Discord username in your application to verify contributor status.
This project requires:
  • Has good relationships with web3 communities, speakers and thought leaders building in the ownership economy.
  • Demonstrated success in creating online courses preferably in the web3 space.
  • Exceptional project management and people management skills.
The best contributors to the Braintrust project:
  • Have a strong sense of commitment to the Braintrust platform and their fellow community members who will benefit from their contributions.
  • Are proactive, clear and concise communicators that keep mentors updated frequently with wins, challenges, and blockers.
  • Take ownership of their work, and embody a “figure it out” mentality that is driven by their desire to make Braintrust the best network.
  • Are strong project managers who identify challenges and communicate solutions early and often.
  • They appreciate that the mentors are there to guide their work, not manage the project.
  • Strive to raise the bar and know that quality of output is incredibly important. They will act as stewards to the Braintrust brand leveraging the brand style guidelines, tone and voice guidelines, and writing rules to uphold the brand standards.
  • Bring remarkable ideas to life, building moments and experiences that stop someone in their tracks.

About the Selection Process

Call for Submissions
January 12, 2022
Submissions Close
January 26, 2022
Last day for interviews
February 11, 2022
Selection Date
February 16, 2022
Offer Acceptance Date
February 18, 2022
Project Kickoff
February 21, 2022
Applicants will receive Y/N feedback from the Proposal Admins on moving onto the next step in the process within 2 business days of submission.

Additional Notes about Projects in the Grant Program:

  • Educator grant compensation includes both the time and materials needed to complete the project. A portion of the grant can be requested up front to cover material costs. These expenses are approved by the Grants committee.
  • All projects are completed open source for the benefit of the community. Grant contributors do not own the IP associated with their grant.
  • All grants have an expectation of thorough and public documentation that can be used by future contributors that want to enhance / improve upon past efforts, document process and how-to, FAQs.
  • Educator grants require a 1 year service agreement (up to 10 additional hours) to accommodate bug fixing, updates to libraries, etc.
  • There is a formal process by with the Grants Committee and/or Grantee can request a change to the scope/ compensation/timelines of this project. The changes must be agreed upon by both parties.
Call for proposals for the MVP Wave closes at 11:59pm PT on January 26, 2022.