Dusk Network announces $5,000,000 Grants Program

Dusk Network is making significant funds available to attract the brightest minds in the industry to help build the future of finance

AMSTERDAM, APRIL 9, 2021 -  At the first annual DuskCon, Dusk Network revealed their multi-million dollar Grants Program. The Grant Program is worth $5,000,000, and propels the blockchain ecosystem forwards by attracting more of the industries’ brightest minds. 

Dusk Network is a leader in privacy technology. Key building blocks in the privacy space include what's commonly known as 'zero-knowledge cryptography', a field they lead. With the Grants program Dusk intends to attract additional talent to further strengthen their position in the sector. Issuing grants for research and development isn’t a first in the industry: a famous success story in the blockchain space is a company called MetaMask. Their internet tool started from a $30k grant, and now leads their sector with millions of yearly revenue in only a few years time. Dusk Network is the first blockchain company in The Netherlands issuing a grants program this size.

Creating and facilitating job opportunities

The Program is estimated to fund over 35.000 hours of labour in the Dusk ecosystem, 100 smaller initiatives, or up to 20 larger projects. It stimulates developer talent to build applications that contribute to a better financial sector. The Dusk Grants Program services three main goals. 

Kickstarting the development of tooling and infrastructureFunding new research that keeps the network future proofFunding the development of high potential applications that further the mainstream adoption of the Dusk Network. 

The company will share detailed procedures in the coming weeks, and the first application round starts June 1st, 2021.

“Over the past years, we discovered that it can be quite challenging to apply for a grant as an individual. National and European funds are looking for large-scale consortiums, whilst there is much more talent needed for technology companies to grow themselves.With our grants program we are contributing towards an innovative future in FinTech and COVID recovery.” - said Pascal Putman, Commercial Director. 

Celebrating three years of building

DuskCon was initiated to celebrate the End-2-End Release Candidate, which can be seen as a ‘pre-beta’ launch. It is the technical milestone the company had been working towards for nearly 3 years. In the coming months, more features will be rolled-out for public testing by the community, in anticipation of its full-fledged mainnet release. 

“At Dusk Network we strive to be transparent, share our knowledge, and work open source, so nobody is excluded from the fruits of our labors. At DuskCon we were able to present our work and the technical choices we have had to make, and to show how these culminated in a one-of-a-kind privacy blockchain that supports confidential smart contracts, opening up privacy-preserving technology to developers of decentralized finance applications. It all ties together and marks the start of a privacy-proof financial ecosystem in the future.” - said Emanuele Francioni, Tech Lead. 

Thought leaders share their takes on Dusk Network

Many industry experts and speakers from all over the globe attended the first Dusk Conference. Amongst them ZCash’s Daira Hopwood, with others joining, from Harmony, ANKR, Aztec Protocol and LTO Network. 

About Dusk Network

Dusk Network is an open source blockchain for financial applications. Data protection and privacy-preservation play a major role in Dusk Network, as well as its design for regulatory compliance. The blockchain is eco-friendly, thanks to its Proof-of-Stake consensus mechanism; a novel and efficient method of reaching agreement on the current state of the global ledger. Notably, the blockchain supports privacy-friendly smart contracts. Companies use the Dusk Network to power financial applications, issue tokens, trade and collaborate on a global scale. Dusk Network is built by a team of experts from Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

About DuskCon

DuskCon is the first (digital) conference held by Dusk Network, to celebrate the End-2-End Release Candidate, a technical milestone the company has been working towards for nearly 3 years. This can be seen as a pre-beta release. During the conference technical aspects like zero-knowledge proof, PLONK and Rusk and their implementations within Dusk technology and for partners like ANKR, Harmony and Aztec Protocol were explained. For an overview of the program and all the announcements made, please check dusk.network/ 

About Dusk

Dusk is the global financial network for institutions and individuals that combines the privacy of FinTech, the instant clearance and settlement of DLTs, and the composability of DeFi. Dusk unlocks economic opportunities for all by making institutional-level financial assets directly available to users and investors. Dusk Network was founded in 2018 and is headquartered in Amsterdam.

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