The Nailwal Fellowship Helps People Leave Their Web2 Careers for Web3 With $50K Grants
Being committed to helping individuals make the career transition into web3 is commendable. Recognizing the potential of aspiring builders to shape the future of this decentralized landscape, the Nailwal Fellowship is walking the walk. Established by Sandeep Nailwal, co-founder of Polygon and Symbolic Capital, the fellowship aims to empower promising individuals with the resources and guidance they need to turn their web3 aspirations into reality.
Introducing the Inaugural Cohort
After a rigorous selection process, the Nailwal Fellowship is "thrilled to unveil its inaugural cohort of eight outstanding individuals." These fellows, coming from "diverse" backgrounds and expertise, "represent" the transformative power of web3 to attract and cultivate talent from across the globe.
- A Stanford Computer Science (CS) undergraduate dropping out to tackle the liquidity challenges in the commodities industry.
- A top 0.1% Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) Indian student creating new payments rails for global commerce.
- An Ethereum Foundation core developer now working on advanced cross-chain infrastructure.
- A former CTO of an NFT aggregator now focused on building new data indexing infrastructure.
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- An ex-Goldman Sachs employee and Harvard graduate creating on-chain financial products.
- A repeat founder utilizing fully homomorphic encryption for a new layer 1 solution.
- An IIT Masters student and ML Engineer at Goldman Sachs creating a marketplace for reliable AI data.
- An HBS graduate and former Dapper Labs employee creating an open, accessible platform for AI agents.
Empowering Innovation and Breaking Down Barriers
The Nailwal Fellowship is not merely a financial aid program; it is a holistic ecosystem designed to nurture the growth and success of its fellows. Each fellow will receive a $50,000 grant to support their entrepreneurial endeavors. Additionally, they will gain access to a wealth of resources, including technical expertise, mentorship from industry veterans, and a network of investors and partners.
Recognizing the underrepresentation of women (and DEI) in the web3 space (clearly, by this list), the fellowship is actively seeking to bridge this gender gap. Two of the remaining ten spots are reserved for qualified female applicants.
By providing financial support, mentorship, and access to a vast network of resources, the fellowship is fostering an environment where groundbreaking ideas can take root and flourish. As the inaugural cohort of fellows embarks on their journeys, their successes will undoubtedly inspire others to pursue their web3 dreams, shaping a future where decentralized technologies power a more equitable and transformative world.
Interested in applying to future cohorts? Check it out here.