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Scale-UP Cardano's Community Hubs

$1,500,000.00 Requested
Problem:

How do we encourage Local Hubs to drive adoption and awareness of Cardano? How do we ensure they are optimizing and scaling efficiently?

Challenge: F8: Fund9 challenge setting
over budget Requested 11.719% of the fund.
Community Advisor Reviews:
4.6 (15)
Yes Votes:
₳ 59,117,910
No Votes:
₳ 14,422,526
Unique Wallets:
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Why is it important?

With dozens of community hubs now funded, we need a more sophisticated approach to scaling that includes documentation, tooling and support.

What does success look like?

Local Community Hubs across the world where the average person can take part in their own language and with their own cultural understanding

Key Metrics to measure

How many new hubs were launched in 2022?
How many countries have at least one community hub?
How many new tools were created to support the global hub network?
How many hubs improved their processes by applying the frameworks and tools offered?
How many developers did this challenge bring into the Cardano ecosystem?
How many new users of Cardano were onboarded?
How many external organizations did this community-focused challenge bring into the Cardano ecosystem?

Challenge brief

Challenge Updates

Top 3 Challenge Category in Fund 8 (see attached).
3x Funded Challenge Setting Proposal (Fund 5, 6 and 7)

A selection of past-funded ‘Scale-Up Hubs’:

Vietnamese Hub
Cardano Builders' Hub India
Cardano Blockchain Lab in Kenya
Homeless Hubs
Cardano in South L.A.
Cardano in Buenos Aires

What this means:

Demand is growing for this category and we are only at the beginning of what is possible with a network of Cardano hubs globally. The network effect will take hold at some point and when it does, we need to be ready with templates, guides and materials on creating and sustaining a new Cardano Community Hub (CCH).
The impact is real and ROI is being met. Real lives are being affected and improved through this category. This creates a win-win, positive feedback loop as more people benefit from the solutions we offer them, there is even more demand for these services worldwide.

While we are Scaling UP community hubs, we need to Scale DOWN individual capital outlay, to ensure that we can spread as far as possible, as quickly as possible, which is why we work from first principles.

Delivering information to people who would not otherwise have the access.
Ensuring resilience and self-reliance within that community.

When we approach hubs from the lens of information-delivery nodes, we can build a hub taxonomy within a need-impact matrix and then find the most capital efficient model for each location.

In other words, consider why a hub exists, in the context of it’s location, access to infrastructure and community readiness. Then design a hub according to those factors, with a traditional brick-and-mortar (CTH) being only one out of many potential information-delivery systems within a local community.

With this said, a focus more on ‘minimum-viable hubs’ (MVHs) is needed. What is the smallest effective unit for a hub, and by identifying this unit, can we begin to scale CCHs more rapidly.

How is the Fund 9 challenge different?

In addition to the previous round’s challenge goals, this round will introduce the additional components of tooling, measurement and support for hubs.

The question is: How do we ensure that community hubs are optimizing and scaling efficiently?
The answer is: By providing documentation around best practices, building tools that support growth and tracking performance across the global hub network.

In this way, not only is the network of hubs growing with each challenge, but the introduction of supporting frameworks and tools allows them to scale efficiently.

Supporting partners:

For Cardano to achieve its ambition of being a global financial and social infrastructure that banks the unbanked, solves wicked problems and pushes for “a more connected, transparent and fair configuration for both the flow of ideas and value”, collaborating for the greater good is key, as outlined by SDG 17, “Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.”

During Fund 6, a community challenge category supported such endeavors, entitled “Partnerships for Global Adoption” - https://cardano.ideascale.com/c/campaigns/26114/stage/all/ideas/unspecified

Cardano stands out in the marketplace of ideas, as a “blockchain for good”, enabling, equipping and empowering ‘blockchangers’ to solve local, and global problems, helping to build a more equitable, prosperous world for all. The time has come for the Cardano community to scale up in connecting grassroots led hubs within a decentralized impact network, to multinational, multilateral institutions, for greater collective intelligence and positive social and environmental impact.

In that spirit, supporting partners have rallied, met the call, and are keen to join forces to collaborate with Project Catalyst to scale up our Community Hubs:

The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 54 independent and equal countries. It is home to 2.5 billion people, and includes both advanced economies and developing countries. 32 of our members are small states, including many island nations. Member governments have agreed to shared goals like development, democracy and peace. Their values and principles are expressed in the Commonwealth Charter. The Commonwealth's roots go back to the British Empire. But today any country can join the modern Commonwealth. The last country to join the Commonwealth was Rwanda in 2009. https://thecommonwealth.org/about-us.


The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)  is the most inclusive intergovernmental platform in the Asia-Pacific region. The Commission promotes cooperation among its 53 member States and 9 associate members in pursuit of solutions to sustainable development challenges. ESCAP is one of the five regional commissions of the United Nations. The ESCAP secretariat supports inclusive, resilient and sustainable development in the region by generating action-oriented knowledge, and by providing technical assistance and capacity-building services in support of national development objectives, regional agreements and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. ESCAP also provides support to partners at the national level. ESCAP’s national offer is rooted in and linked with the implementation of global and regional intergovernmental frameworks, agreements, and other instruments. The outline of the ESCAP’s Offer of Support at the national level is available here. ESCAP pursues this objective by carrying out work, in close cooperation with other United Nations entities and intergovernmental organizations in the region. https://www.unescap.org/our-work


Accelerate 2030, initiated by UNDP and Impact Hub, is the world’s largest program supporting entrepreneurs from developing and emerging markets to scale their solutions for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They leverage the strengths and reach of the global Impact Hub network, United Nations organizations, corporates, investors and expert partners to scale entrepreneurial innovations while contributing to a shift towards a more sustainable economy. Operating in hubs across 20+ locations, Accelerate2030 provides one-of-a-kind scaling support to entrepreneurs through National Scale-Ready Programs across Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America, followed by a Global Scaling Program for those with the highest international scaling potential. https://accelerate2030.net/.


One Million Mentors (1MM) is a unique, community-based mentoring project with one simple aim: to connect one million young people with one million life-changing opportunities. This is even more important right now given the impact of COVID-19 on young people. We back the talents of young people to improve their career chances, while at the same time strengthening local communities. 1MM was founded on the belief that through personal, one-to-one mentoring, more young people can grow the knowledge, networks, skills and confidence they need to succeed. By giving them online access to a trained mentor every young person in the country can have the chance to reach their potential. Together we are meeting the challenge and creating social change, on a national scale. https://onemillionmentors.org.uk/about-1mm/

Due to the scope of the challenge, the proven demand for its place on the regular roster and the large institutional partners who have broadcasted interest in participating on a scale previously unseen by Catalyst and the Scale-Up Hubs community, we are now requesting a 3x budget from the last round.

Additional Success Metrics:

Hubs:

Is the hub's Fund 9 proposal in keeping with the MVH principle?
Do they have an understanding of their target audience?
Can they accurately project their reach (physical and online)?
Can they accurately project the number of onboarded members to the hub?
Have they given an indication of a financial sustainability model?
Have they given an indication of budget costs vs 'cost to launch'? (eg. A CTH may only apply for 1/5 of their cost to launch due to the demand pressures of acquiring catalyst funding)

Tools & Frameworks:

Can this tool or framework apply generally across all hubs?
Does this business framework have past case studies of successful implementation?
Does this online tool require a license fee or is it an open standard?
Does it include analytics and performance measurement?
Do the tools or frameworks integrate well with the existing hub services?

Ratings by CAs and Voters should favour:

Proposals that offer online tools that will support the global hub network.
Proposals that offer professional services to the global hub network.
Proposals that offer documentation and business frameworks to the global hub network.
Proposals that catalyze growth and employment opportunities in their local communities.
Proposals that account for local needs and infrastructure concerns.
Proposals that show creativity and ingenuity around hub design and information delivery.
Proposals that are using local, recyclable materials and have a commitment to sustainability practices.

Let’s build an ecosystem that is truly global, allowing everyone to participate to the best of their ability, whatever level they are starting from.

When you drive adoption at the ground level, you are doing more than just ‘building cool products’, you are empowering people to change their lives in ways they could have never imagined by themselves.

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Extra resources:

Cumbria, UK Business Hub: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/sellafield-invests-26m-to-create-cumbria-business-hub
Rwanda Business Hub: https://techcrunch.com/2021/12/03/norrsken-foundations-hub-opens-in-rwanda-to-house-1000-entrepreneurs-by-next-year

Past-funded challenges:

Scale-UP Community Hubs (F7)
Scale-UP Community Hubs (F6)
Scale-UP Community Hubs (F5)

Interested in shaping the next-generation of blockchain innovation centers? Join the conversation at https://t.me/ScaleUpHubs

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Auditability

4.6 / 5
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Does the proposal provides sufficient information to assess and audit progress and completion?

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April 13, 2022

Iteration after iteration, this proposal keeps improving and keeps redefining it’s parameters. One such refining attempt, that is placed in their additional/sub key metrics is; “Have they given an indication of a financial sustainability model?” is a great addition to this Challenge’s key metrics.

These communities I believe should be tempered to understand or to at the very least start to explore financial sustainability. Project Catalyst I believe should actively pursue also this attitude. So we can transition the community from the -pardon- “asking for funds” group of people to the “funds as a spring board” group of people. Eventually Project Catalyst CAN NOT be identified as the dad or mom where can always ask for money. Financial sustainability/independence is critical for eventually it will become unsustainable for Project Catalyst itself. There is only field I agree should receive continuous and endless funds are one related to developing a developer ecosystem.

In regards towards funds use, since the notion of financial sustainability/independence has been subjected into the Challenge then a new parameter should be involved. One that is related to entrepreneurship, such Lean Canvas, BMC and etc.

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April 13, 2022

The success criteria and metrics are very well done. The additional success metrics section also makes it very clear about the type of progress desired to address the challenge.

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April 13, 2022

The criteria and success metrics are both in the proposal and relevant to the challenge. By adding tools to the challenge you provide a backbone for existing hubs and hubs that are yet to exist. This will greatly benefit the productivity of these hubs.

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April 13, 2022

Generally, all the metrics defined by the team that prepared this challenge proposal are designed to measure the performance of the challenge itself, rather than to serve as a guide for potential proposers when setting their own metrics. The most obvious risk is that we see metrics in the proposals which are very diffuse and far apart from one another, which makes an audit of previously founded proposals a challenge for the community and the challenge team. I believe that only three of the seven defined proposals can be slightly adapted and considered for future proposals. However, in the section entitled “additional metrics,” I see a better alignment with the metrics to be expected by the proponents. My score for this section is 4.

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The authors name a whole set of KPIs to measure the progress in addressing the challenge, such as “new hubs”, “countries with a least on hub”, “new tools”, “new developers”, “new users”, and others. The suggested set of metrics is adequate given the challenge’s objective to “drive adoption and awareness of Cardano”. The only suggestion that I have is that the challenge can better monitor its impact if it provided a metric to measure the return on the impact of the challenge overall. For example, measuring the cost per user or developer onboard. Having these metrics provided would allow judging about how much budget and time is needed to onboard 1%, 10%, 50% of the world’s population.

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Feasibility

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Given experience and plan presented is likely that this proposal will be implemented successfully?

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April 13, 2022

Given that the community has been able to address this challenge for several rounds of funding and there is an established challenge team, the only real issues to consider is whether the new tools and frameworks sections introduces any feasiblity concerns (short answer it does not) and whether the very large increase in budget causes any capacity concerns. The challenge brings in some very large partners with a heavy emphasis on Sustainable Development Goals which will be seen as a positive by some members of the community while others will see it as a negative. Given that proposals in every challenge already include a section for SDG scoring, it is a concern that the rapidly increasing trend towards emphasizing SDG scores in challenges and proposals is going to drive out a significant segment of the community that is wary of the implications of SDG scoring. As written the challenge currently includes the capacity for this diversity of opinion.

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April 13, 2022

Looking at the track record of this challenge setting we see that there is still a need for this. In Fund6 32 proposals were submitted which 11 got funding and in Fund7 21 proposals got funding out of the 62 proposals. In this fund, we see an increase again of total proposals in this challenge up to 70. The budget amount requested for Fund9 might be a bit too much. Seeing as it is an increase of 3x the amount that it is now for Fund8. I completely understand the reasoning behind the upscale of this because we have a factor that was not present in previous funds, but when we look at the numbers of proposals they are not exponentially rising the same.

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Even before this Challenge was set up, the community have already step-up their game and established hubs even without funding. There is the SWARM, there is WADA, there is Catalyst School, there is Eastern Town Hall and etc. The notion of permission less or leaderless system although is still in it’s infancy, I can see the embryo is growing. We have AIM, we PMM we also have ETH DAO, I am growing confident we are heading the right way. We are to my surprise align with Cardano’s timeline, which ends with the beginning of Voltaire.

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April 13, 2022

Since Fund 6 we have continuously faced this challenge within Catalyst, and we can always observe a large number of proposals within it and this fund is no different. It is clear that the challenge team has done an excellent job of highlighting the reasons for requesting a tripling of the budget for this challenge. However, I would have preferred to have seen some key statistics on the impact of these Hubs globally in order to strengthen their case. Also, I recommend presenting the current values of the metrics presented in the configuration. Accordingly, my score is 4.

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This challenge proposal builds on top of a series of previously funded challenges in Fund 5, 6, and 7, and provides examples of already built hubs around the world and links to the previously funded proposals. Given the previous deep experiences of the Catalyst community with community hubs, it’s clear that the Catalyst community has all the necessary skills and experiences to address the challenge. In addition, this proposal comes from two proposers suggesting that at least two people will be able to help future proposers during the proposal preparations. One suggestion that I have is the challenge would be stronger if it explicitly presented the skills and previous experience of the challenge team members, so that it’s evident that they can provide the future proposal with the needed advice and suggestions during the proposal cycle.

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Addresses Challenge

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April 13, 2022

This challenge has been popular for several funds now and a key part of the community growth strategy. The introduction of the tools and frameworks sub-category helps the challenge better meet the Fund 9 Strategic Goals although the Challenge could improve its promotion of Cardano as an open source project.

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April 13, 2022

To achieve more awareness about Cardano and Project Catalyst in particular you need a community that is providing data and help for new members that are not yet familiar with this community and ecosystem. In order for us to do this, we have a need to create community hubs where this is possible. With this challenge settings, you create a means that helps community hubs thrive and scale up. I surely believe this is critical to help Cardano’s mission.

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“Cardano’s” mindset was always about decentralization. The common understanding of decentralization is fair influence/power/decision making throughout the community. Which I believe Cardano has successfully done. Although imperfect, Project Catalyst is on it’s way to be not just the largest DAO but the leading DAO in terms of governance and engagement. Technology wise it is miles far from the top chains who has their own dashboards. But to keep Project Catalyst as the largest and leading DAO, the initial community now needs to be empowered to retain them, but not only retain also to grow them. This is essential for Cardano’s growth, which in marketing terms is using the oldest technique of marketing, word-by-mouth. “Weaponize” word-by-mouth and you get genuine and loyal communities. Do not just take my word for it, but we can just view a parallels that already happen in our community. The parallels between Liqwid and SundaeSwap. Both originated from the community, both are supported by one of the three prongs of Cardano. One delivered on their targets, while one fell way short. This is transferred to the trust of the community in their tokens. We have these kind of cases throughout Cardano. Like the case between NFT Maker and Fibo. One build their community from ground-up, while one use the corporate approach of bottom-down. And we can see their traction. Cardano is all about community.

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I must start by congratulating the team that prepared this proposal, just by comparing the challenge setting of Fund 8 vs. Fund 9 you can see the growth and maturity, since it is clear that there is a strategic vision behind it. After establishing a number of new hubs around the world, I see the gaps that the community has identified, namely 1) the need for resources to ensure the sustainability of these hubs over time, 2) that the community can benefit from the successes and failures of hubs already launched, and 3) by establishing contact and collaboration agreements with relevant supporters to enhance our mission. Upon evaluating the challenge setting of this challenge in relation to the strategic objectives of fund 9, it is evident that it assists us in preparing community members to contribute to the ecosystem. Despite the fact that in the “Tools & Frameworks” section the question is asked whether the tools require a fee or are open to all, I believe that more emphasis can be put into the definition of the challenge so that there is a clear alignment between it and the need for Cardano to become an open source project, however, I still think it deserves a score of 5, regardless.

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Scale-UP Cardano’s Community Hubs initiative is about growing awareness about Cardano and bringing new participants into the ecosystem. It tries to focus especially on those who are not currently covered by existing outreach initiatives. The authors of this challenge provide a whole set of helpful guidelines ensuring the efficiency of funds use and the maximal impact from the funding. For example, they indicate a preference towards tools and services that can support all global hubs, etc. This challenge is well-aligned with Fund9 Challenge Setting objectives since it directly focuses on “preparing a group of people willing and able to make contributions to the ecosystem”. The only suggestion that I have is that this proposal would be stronger if it has given a more explicit focus to the other two Fund9 objectives “turn Cardano into an open-source project” and “grow the development and app ecosystem”. For example, by providing specific guidelines on how to incorporate the work on open-source solutions or hubs for developers within its scope.

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