Call for Applications for DLT TALENTS: an 18-week mentoring program to empower female talent for leadership in the blockchain space

Introduction

  • You become an entrepreneur of a great blockchain startup that is quickly funded with more than EUR 1M.
  • You become a technologist or developer ready to work on blockchain applications or token protocols.
  • You become a regulator or lawyer helping to set, change or apply the rules on which a digital society in the future will be based.
  • You become an investor or venture capital partner helping to shape the future of other startups.
  • You become a multiplicator or influencer in the blockchain area and an important “node” of the network.

Blockchain is 95% male and this has to change

Who is operating this program?

  • Kiana Weiss, Project Manager at Frankfurt School Blockchain Center
  • Denise Duve, Project Manager, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management
  • Anna C. Lange, Account Manager EMEA at Fireblocks
  • Sarah Palurovic, Project Manager at Frankfurt School Blockchain Center
  • Thy-Diep (“Yip”) Ta, Founder, Co-Founder Unit Ventures
  • Prof. Dr. Philipp Sandner, Head of Frankfurt School Blockchain Center, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management
  • Michael F. Spitz, Founder and Co-CEO, 360X
  • Daniel Holk, Project Manager at Frankfurt School Blockchain Center
  • Julian Proft, Project Manager at Frankfurt School Blockchain Center
  • Manuel Müller, Partnerships Manager at Frankfurt School Blockchain Center
  • Robert Richter, Senior Manager at Zanders and PhD researcher at TUM
  • Eva Meyer, DLT Talents Alumna and Consultant at BCG
  • Valentina Solinas, Associate at Morgan Stanley
  • Victoria Gago, Co-CEO and Co-Founder of European Blockchain Convention
  • Katharina Zeuch, CEO and Co-Founder of Luna Vision
  • Luise Vad, CSO at Immutable Insight
  • Nicole Nowak, Senior Business Data Analyst at Hoffmann Group
  • Daniela Heynen, Management Consultant at GWP
  • Daniela Schleh, Consultant at the Bavarian Ministry for Digitalisation
  • Miriam Buss, Advisor Digital Transformation & Financial Inclusion at giz
  • Arelly Kissinger, Project Manager at KfW
  • Laura Stopic, Business Expert DLT Lab at Commerzbank AG
  • Sahebe Mehmannavaz, Member Board of Directors at Global Blockchain Women Alliance
  • Anne Köhler, Project Lead International Corporates Transformation Office at Commerzbank

What can you expect from our DLT TALENTS program?

  • You are your own teacher. We want to empower participants to learn the basics of the technology through using blended learning concepts built upon peer learning. This is NOT a university lecture. We will facilitate the learning journey by providing you with a diligently curated study guide. It’s important that you commit to self-studying the proposed concepts and come prepared to 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 learning 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 do it” mentality.
  • Content is queen. We will ask you to become a blockchain co-creator, e.g., by writing a blog article or creating a video on a blockchain topic (e.g., on Medium or YouTube) and get public exposure. We want to foster execution. But no worries, we will assure that what you write will be brilliant! We ask to do so because we have made the experience that by “owning” one’s topic, the study journey deepens and accelerates.

Why should you apply for this program?

How exactly does the program look like?

Figure 1: DLT TALENTS’ 3-phase program over the course of 18 weeks to empower ambitious women (screenshot from the first batch but we kept the structure and did not change it)
Table 1: Program schedule

What is the agenda for each Zoom session?

  • Warm welcome (5 min)
  • Participant presentations (35 min)
  • Reflections from the group (10 min)
  • Assignment for next session (5 min)
  • Guest speaker presentations, if scheduled (20 min)
  • Q&A (10 min)
  • Outlook next topics (5 min)
  • Please share your key insight from the topic covered. What have you learned that you didn’t know before? What was so fascinating about it?
  • 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 hindrances?
  • Where do you have open questions?

What are the key characteristics of the DLT TALENTS program to be summarized?

  • Starting: Monday, October 3, 2022 (batch 1) and Tuesday, October 4, 2022 (batch 2). The Monday sessions start at 17:30 CET and the Tuesday sessions start at 9:00 CET.
  • Duration: 18 weeks (ending February 6/7, 2023).
  • Working mode: bi-weekly Zoom sessions with assignments to be worked on in the meantime.
  • Hours of classes: in the afternoons (CET).
  • Cost: EUR 0 (scholarship program).
  • Size: maximum of 100 women.
  • Application: required; i.e. application form, letter of motivation (as PDF) and resume/CV (as PDF).
  • Language: English or German.

Who should apply for this program and where to apply?

  • You are female.
  • Your age is 18+.
  • You have at least 12 free hours per week to dig into the area of blockchain.
  • You love technology and ideally also finance.
  • You are good at mathematics.
  • You speak and write English quite well.
  • You have already had leadership experiences in your life (can be in extra-curricular).
  • You could imagine slightly touching programming and IT development.
  • It is OK for you to speak up for your interests and in public.
  • 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 Monday/Tuesday starting on October 3/4, 2022; starting approximately 17:30 CET / 09:30 CET).

Remarks

  • Blockchain knowledge: We wrote a Medium article on how to acquire the necessary blockchain knowledge within a workload of 10 working days.
  • Our two blockchain books: We have edited two books on how blockchain will change our society (Amazon link) in general and everything related to finance (Amazon link) in particular. Both books are available in print and for Kindle — currently in German and soon in English. The authors have been more than 20 well-known blockchain experts in startups, corporations and the government from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein — all contributing their expertise to these two books.
Our two books: the first one on blockchain and the society and the second one on blockchain and finance

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Philipp Sandner

Philipp Sandner

Professor | Lecturer | Author | Investor | Frankfurt School Blockchain Center