SCF’s 11th round is closed for submissions, and we invite you to participate in Community Discussion. We'll start the next round early next year, with details coming soon. Enter your email below to get notified.
Yes, there is! If you'd like to be considered for participation in the SCF#11 Startup Bootcamp or want to get selected earlier so there's more time for the community to look at your project and give feedback, you'll want to submit before September 25th and get reviewed in the first selection phase.
Since Soroban, a smart contracts platform on Stellar, is in early development and not yet live on a public network, projects built or based on Soroban will not be eligible to submit to SCF#11. The recently released preview will continue to develop over the coming months and is likely to be different from the release version, and is therefore not ready yet for production level development.
That said: ➡️ Projects that are built using current Stellar functionality can share their ideas for future development using smart contract functionality (as long as they don’t base their entire project on it). ➡️ We’ll soon be soliciting for educational content and examples for Soroban, so stay tuned! ➡️ If you’re a company looking to get deeply involved in the early adoption of Soroban, feel free to reach out to email@example.com and explain your situation and interest.
We encourage anyone interested to experiment with Soroban and give feedback in the dedicated channels on the Stellar Developer Discord. Get ahead of the curve and start thinking of ideas for projects for SCF#12 (starts early 2023)!
Selected submissions are submissions that have been selected to participate in that SCF round during the Selection phase. Their submitters will become candidates and retain this role for as long as they actively work on their selected submission.
Regardless of winning, being selected as a candidate gets you considered for (but does not guarantee): ⚡️ | Being listed on the SCF and Stellar.org project directory 👥 | Support from the partnerships team at the SDF 📈 | Future grants and investments from SDF and partner investors 🙌 | Expanded brand presence in the Stellar ecosystem and community 🤝 | Opportunities for collaboration and partnership with other SCF projects and companies 🎟 | Invitations to select SDF and third-party hosted events 🏫 | Referral to accelerators and incubators
The SCF is open to all kinds of projects and companies building on Stellarthat are beneficial to the Stellar Ecosystem and SDF's mission to create access to the financial system. However, there are some project types and use cases ineligible to participate and you can find more information about Submission Eligibility here.
The selection panel chooses submissions by performing an objective review according to these selection criteria. Also, make sure to check out these recommendations on how to create a winning submission!
Each submitter can only submit one project for each round. Submitting multiple unrelated projects decreases the credibility of being able to grow all of them, so it's better to stick with one idea and iterate on it.
You can however submit projects to other rounds. Any project can be resubmitted as long as it’s been significantly improved, with the level of improvement depending on past achievements in the SCF. Take a look at the Resubmission Guidelines to find out if your submission is ready to be resubmitted.
The amount of budget you can ask for depends on the scope of your project on Stellar. Find more information in the Budget Guidelines to determine where your project fits in. The maximum budget submitters can request is $200K worth of XLM* per round for a large scale project, but also per year if you're submitting to multiple rounds. For example, if you've won $150K for the first round of the year, you can only request up to $50K for the remaining rounds that same year.
Some of you are hesitant to submit your projects to the SCF because they might not be completely built out. Our advice to you (and that of many SCF participants who were once in your shoes) is to submit them anyway! Why? The talented people like you behind a project matter the most. Moreover, submitting projects early on opens the door to the Stellar community and ecosystem and gives you something to build off! Read more in this blog post.