However, we believe that to advance remote work, the biggest lever isn’t just technical training. It’s access to powerful networks. That’s why I’m excited to announce Stack Shift dWeb - our first fellowship program focused on helping people level up their networks in Web3.
Stack Shift dWeb is not a technical training program. The goal of the fellowship is to:
Think of it like a startup accelerator for people – Y Combinator but for talent. YC doesn’t train you to become a founder. They give you access to a powerful network that makes the founder journey easier. In the same way, this fellowship helps you build relationships that make navigating Web3 easier.
The fellowship occurs part-time over 8-weeks, during which you’ll opt-into events like:
The fellowship is free. The program is supported by the Filecoin Foundation. However, we do ask that everyone makes a 50k Naira donation to a tech-focused nonprofit of their choice to confirm their spot and signal their interest in contributing to the program's give-first ethos.
In January we concluded our “beta” cohort of 25 fellows and had some incredible participants.
There were people like Olusola Oguntimehin who’s been in the Web3 for a number of years – first as the founder of CoinPulley, a crypto portfolio rebalancing platform. More recently he’s been working as a Senior Blockchain Engineer at Scaling Funds, a blockchain-centric funding platform based in Germany.
There was also Ada Nduka Oyom, a Developer Relations Community Manager at Google. She’s also the founder She Code Africa, a non-profit focused on empowering young girls and women in Africa through technical skills.
We had an amazing time exploring Web3 together. Here are some pictures from the last two months to give you a flavor of the fun:
The next cohort (dWeb Genesis) kicks off in late March. Because the cohort isn’t focused on technical training, we target people who are either 1) already working in Web3 or 2) senior enough to easily transition. Half of the beta cohort already worked in Web3 prior to the fellowship. The other half had on average 3-5 years of Web 2 experience.
The fellowship isn’t just open to blockchain engineers. Frontend, product, design, community, and growth talent are all welcome.
Applications are currently invite-only. If you’re interested, please submit your profile here and we’ll reach out to schedule an intro call if it looks like a potential fit.
We have a very small team and limited bandwidth so my apologies in advance if we don’t reach out to schedule a call with you. You’ll still be added to our mailing list and we’ll keep you informed of awesome Web3 events, insights, and jobs.
Hope to see you at an upcoming event soon!