the next wave of web3 founders

Empowering founders to build, launch and scale in the web3 space with up to a $100,000 investment.

From 2020 in numbers



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



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



Alumni companies raised an average of $500k through partner's web3 fundraising platforms in addition to external funding.

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We don’t run cohorts. We handpick exceptional founders and build a bespoke 12 week program to go from 0-1.

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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 industry experts

Access to our alumni of +110 companies

Marketing activities with our community

Access to VCs and investors

The Poolside Hub

Drop by for meetings, coworking and events

Enjoy a regional base during Lisbon web3 week

Meet investors, partners and community

Promote your brand through the Poolside Hub

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

Token Economics
Business strategy

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

Up to $100,000 initial funding and help to go from idea, to a successful market launch.

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

Benefit from an active +200 global partner network of investors, exchanges, protocols and more.

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
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

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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 up to $100,000 initial bootstrapping funding and access to potential follow-on capital.

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

We can introduce you to an extremely varied and active global partner network consisting of hundreds of web3 founders, investors, partners and more.

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.