Good day! I am Martin Montero (https://twitter.com/Montero) founder and lead of Near Mexico City. Which we started working on in December of 2021. Started working on in January of 2021.
I have been working in startups and building entrepreneurship communities for the past 20 years. I help build the Bootstrap Austin Network which was one of the catalysts for making Austin a hub of entrepreneurship activity. I help start and grown the US network of Impact Hubs. I was the national programs director for Startup Champions Network. a US based organization that helps ecosystem builders across the country build and foster their entrepreneurship communities and evolve them into ecosystems.
This is for Meetups in Mexico City to build out and support our community. Hosted by Near Mexico City.
Near Mexico City
Funding scheme: Monthly
Initiative summary, be sure to include: We have created a 4 Node strategy to build our community in this global capital. 4 different types of meetups focused on 4 key areas of building the Open Web Protocol in Mexico City to support our long-range plan:
These meetups will be in Spanish. For the LATAM community. Use Near Material translated into Spanish by the Near Hispano Guild.
There are 2 Web3 meetups in Mexico City. Both in are English. Both are targeted to foreigners. Both are in the neighborhood where all the foreigners live.
Our events for Mexico City are 100% focused on the LATAM community and in our languages and cultural frameworks.
Expected impact and value you foresee for the NEAR ecosystem/community
We are building the Web3 HQ in Mexico City. Coworking, Accelerator, Hackathon (Pagoda), Labs, Demo Days, a startup investment fund, and DAOs. These meet-ups will help us build out our community and brand.
Metrics for measuring success: Number of events, Number of projects that start in Near. The number of Near Wallets created, Number of DeFi accounts, Number of Near NFTs sold.
Estimated timeline and achievement milestones: We started in April, official launch in May. Hackathon in June. Near Lounge at ETH Mexico in August, Co-hosting Hola Metaverso Mexico in September. Creation of the 4 nodes and their focused communities.
I support this initiative. It’s a great idea. Martin is a greater leader and has been working tirelessly.
When we at KreskoFi (synthetic assets on Near, ie, stocks) were in CDMX, Martin was supportive and went beyond expectations to help bring the community together. And without any monetary or other expectations.
I support this project! From what I can tell, Mexico City is a great place for this type of series. The meetup that I went to with Kreski.fi at IVO Condesa was really well put together. I look forward to more of those this summer, so I can get to know the Web3 community better.
Can you please request access to the doc and I will gladly give it to you. I can’t make this Google doc public.
I have Edited my proposal with my introduction.
I have already done several meetup over the past 3 months. Most of them self funded.
Happy to send you all the results. All these partnerships that Near Mexico City has created as a big part of those results.
I have spoken with a few folks at the foundation and it was them who told me to that for the events I write this proposal here.
I am writing a larger grant request for the entire proposal for them foundation.
The Pagoda Web3 Startup platform is help with the Hackathon funding.
The larger budget for this project was already approved by the foundation for the Regional Hub Project.
Happy to chat more if you want more in-depth details.
I am a big fan of developing regional groups but would like to suggest that we normally like to disburse funds based on a monthly plan and report. This allows everyone to see how your project develops.
Could you introduce other members of your team and provide links to community social channels?
Happy to support this proposal on a monthly basis with monthly reports. Could potentially move to quarterly depending on the total amount requested.
I’m curious to learn about the distribution channels, how would people find out about the upcoming Meetups?
As a side note, I will be in CDMX until May 7th, looking forward to connecting in person. I believe CDMX is a great city and could easily become an international hub in the same way that Miami has (but much, much more affordable).
Hi @Montero – Thanks for your proposal. You’ve gotten a lot of good support on the Forum for this project, and I can see that you have a solid track record of community building.
I agree with @satojandro and @cryptocredit – if you can update the proposal to a monthly funding request and give details on why the funding amount is what it is (people usually submit a spreadsheet outlining budget details/costs for events), then I will be able to support it.
Hi @satojandro, good afternoon. Don’t worry about it. The issue has been solved.
After the poll was approved no one on the Marketing DAO council sent this form or gave clear next steps. Your advice was “After the Poll has been passed, and you’ve completed KYC with NEAR Foundation, you can proceed to request payout directly with them.” Them who? You did not even bother to vote yes or no. The Community Pay Out Form would have been beneficial to share, even via a private message. It seems that would be part of the responsibility of being entrusted with the position in the Marketing DAO. I followed up a couple of times. I got no clear response. There is some clear room to improve this process here.
Thanks to the kind help of someone on here, who is not part of the Marketing DAO council and who actually took a couple of minutes to clearly explain the process to me and send the form to fill out I finally got to fill it out, got a reply, signed the agreement and now waiting for the transfer.