Accelerating the next wave of Web3 founders

Empowering founders to build, launch and scale in the Web3 space.

Cohort 2, starting Q3, 2023

From 2020 in numbers

110+

Projects

Co-launched and supported projects in areas such as decentralized finance, gaming, governance and NFTs.

700,000+

Members

We have a global distributed network of loyal backers interested in supporting projects of the future.

$50M+

Funds

Alumni companies raised an average of $500k through partner's Web3 fundraising platforms in addition to external funding.

12-week

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Acceleration Program

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Build and Launch

Daily check-ins, in-depth discussions, funding support.

Daily chat with Poolside team, fully remote

Support from tokenomics to marketing strategy

Access to capital, from seed to public raise

A Big Network

Fast-track your launch with a pool of Web3 pros.

Live sessions with top mentors

Access to our alumni of +110 companies

Marketing activities with our community

Weekly events with the fellow companies

Meet in Real Life

Combine working remotely with real life meetings at the Poolside Hub

Demo day with mentors and investors

8-days in Lisbon with daily sessions

1:1 meetings with potential stakeholders

Join us at the Poolside Hub in the heart of Lisbon.

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Our Mission

Our mission is to become the leading platform to support innovators and progressive ideas, funded by the community. To create a world where value provided by the many, outweighs the influence of the few.

Our Help

Marketing
Token Economics
Legal
Listing
Product
Business strategy
Community
Fundraising
Blockchain
Development

Who can apply

Any Web3 team with a great idea and preferably an MVP. We're looking for dedicated founders that can commit full time on the growth of their project.

We're industry agnostic, teams from blockchain gaming, DeFi, Infrastructure, Social, Entertainment, Privacy, NFT technology and more, can apply for the program.

What we offer

For three months we will work intensely to help you go from idea and product, to a successful market launch.

$100,000 initial funding and access to follow-on capital during and after the program. And support on initial legal fees.

Selected mentorship from an active global partner network consisting of +150 Web3 founders and companies.

Access to our Poolside Hub in Lisbon, equipped with events rooms, meeting rooms, private offices and more.

Some of our mentors

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Ari Meilich
Co-Founder at Decentraland & Big Time
Morgan Beller
Partner at NFX, Co-creator of Libra and ex-Partner at A16z
Alex Kruger
Founder of Aike Capital, Economist
Sanja Kon
CEO Utrust, ex-Head of Partnerships at PayPal and eBay
Bob Chien
Head of BD & Founding Member of Galxe, Mentor @ 500 VC
Darren Westlake
Founder and CEO at Crowdcube
Nicolas Van Hoorde
CEO at Delta, Managing Director at eToro
Marek Olszewski
Celo Co-founder, Valora President
Ben Himowitz
Director at Red Scout, led brand strategy for Uber, Google, Hilton, Diageo
Matt Sorg
Product and Tech Leadership at Solana Foundation
Itai Elizur
COO & Partner at MarketAcross, Mentor at 500startups
Mario Ribeiro Alves
CEO & Co-Founder TAIKAI, CEO BEPRO
Alain Kunz
Director of Business Development at GSR
Martha Zhang
CEO & Founder at StarryNift, ex Bitmain
Nick Rose
CEO & Founder at Ethernity Chain
Yevheniia Broshevan
CBDO Hacken, CEO HackenProof

Frequently

asked questions

How can I apply for the program?

To apply for the next program please submit an application. Make sure you provide all the information required and we will be in touch shortly after.

Does the program provide funding and what’s the offer?

Firstly, the program is free and doesn’t require any funding from you. We offer $100,000 initial bootstrapping funding and access to follow-on capital.

You will receive direct access to our team of specialists in marketing, token economy, legal, funding, business, blockchain, listing and others.

You will also receive selected mentorship picked from an active global partner network consisting of +150 Web3 founders and companies

Is the program remote and where are the headquarters?

The program is fully remote and virtual for the most part but the selected projects will have access to a fully equipped office in Lisbon with private offices, co-working, event spaces and much more.

What projects should apply?

There are no limitations and any Web3 founders from any Web3 vertical. Those who will get most out the program are early-product, MVP (or even pre-product) projects.

What’s the goal of this program?

By the end, founders will be ready to take their project to market, fully funded and with the best partners and guidance possible to be successful. We act as a vehicle and platform to dramatically improve your project and increase your chances of success.