Call for Applications for Bitcoin Talents: An 18-Week Mentoring Program Empowering Talent in the Bitcoin Ecosystem

Introduction

  • You become an entrepreneur of a successful startup in the Bitcoin ecosystem that is quickly valued at more than US $1,000,000
  • You become a technologist or developer ready to work on Bitcoin applications and/or protocols
  • You become a lawyer helping to advise entrepreneurs and companies in the future
  • You become an investor (or venture capitalist) helping to shape the future of startups and protocols
  • You become a multiplicator or influencer in the Bitcoin space and an important “node” of the network

Background: Preparing for a more decentralized financial sector

Who is operating this program?

What can you expect from our Bitcoin Talents program?

  • You are your own teacher. We want to empower participants to learn about Bitcoin through the use of blended learning concepts built upon peer learning. This is explicitly NOT a university lecture. We will facilitate the learning journey by providing you with a curated study guide. You must commit to self-studying the proposed concepts and come prepared for our joint Zoom sessions.
  • Sharing is caring. In the Zoom sessions, we will deepen the knowledge and clarify open questions. We will ask you to actively share your learnings and questions in these sessions to foster progress through guided individual and group reflection and sharing of our perspectives towards a common topic. It is key to apply your newly won knowledge with a “just get it done” mentality.
  • Content is everything. We will ask you to become a Bitcoin co-creator, for instance by writing a blog article, interviewing other Bitcoin experts or creating a video on a Bitcoin-related topic (e.g., on Medium or YouTube) and get public exposure. We want to foster execution. But no worries, we will assure you that what you write will be brilliant! We ask you to do so because we have made the experience that by “owning” a specific topic, your own journey accelerates and becomes more fulfilling.

Why should you apply for this program?

What exactly does the program look like?

Bitcoin Talents 3-phase program over the course of 18 weeks to empower future Bitcoin leaders
Table 1: Program schedule

What is the agenda for each Zoom session?

  • Bitcoin news (7 min)
  • Bitcoin Talents best practice tip (3 min)
  • Participant presentations (25 min)
  • Reflections from the group (20 min)
  • Assignment for next session (5 min)
  • Guest speaker presentations, if scheduled (20 min)
  • Q&A (10 min)
  • Please share your key insight from the topic covered. What have you learned that you didn’t know before? What fascinated you?
  • Why is the topic you investigated important, or innovative to the industry? What problem was solved? How will this change our current economic system?
  • What are the potential drawbacks or obstacles?
  • Where do you have open questions?

Summary: What are the key characteristics of the Bitcoin Talents program?

  • Starting Tuesday, January 17, 2023
  • The sessions start at 4:30 PM (CEST/CET)
  • Duration: 18 weeks (ending Tuesday, May 23, 2023)
  • Working mode: bi-weekly Zoom sessions with assignments to be worked on in the meantime
  • Cost: $0 (scholarship program)
  • Size: maximum of 100
  • Application: required (see URL to the application form below)
  • Language: English

Who should apply for this program and where to apply?

  • Your age is 18+
  • You have at least 12 free hours per week to dig into the area of blockchain and Bitcoin
  • You love technology and ideally also finance
  • You are good at mathematics
  • You speak and write English proficiently
  • You have already had leadership experiences in your life (extra-curricular roles count as well) or deep tech experience (e.g., software development experience)
  • You have a solid understanding of at least one programming language
  • You are motivated to learn more about Bitcoin and the Bitcoin ecosystem
  • You feel comfortable speaking to an audience
  • You are entrepreneurial-minded
  • You are eager to fulfill the milestones of the program with a “the best I can do” attitude
  • You seek to comply with the deadlines given
  • You give your best to attend every single session of our schedule (every second Tuesday starting on January 17, 2023; The Tuesday sessions start at 4:30 PM (CEST/CET).

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