How it works


Participants have 3 months to build whatever they like involving blockchain. Specifically either as:

🔧 Creators - build their own idea, or

💪 Challengers - answer a pre-set challenge.

For Creators

This is for those with an idea already or who would prefer to think of an idea from scratch without any constraints. This idea can take the form of a business idea, startup, piece of software, research paper or anything innovative. It can also be something a participant has been working on in the months prior to the competition starting, so long as it has not received outside funding.

Find out more.

For Challengers

This is designed for those without an idea who also want a higher chance of winning a cash prize. We have teamed up with a number of partners to provide challenges for both developers and non-developers. These partners include Gnosis, Kyber, Liquidity Network, MakerDao, Nucypher, Santiment, Thunder and Zilliqa.

Click here to read the challenges.


🏆 Overall Top Prize (available to all participants): £20,000 cash

As well as the above, up to 3 x £2,000 cash bounties are available per partner challenge but not including the Creator challenge. Only the top prizes are available to those entering the Creator Challenge.

Separate to the cash prizes, we at StakeZero would also like to find something we can invest in from our main fund! 😀


The competition kicks off with three launch events in each of our university cities: Cambridge, Oxford and London. These are education events which allow potential participants to:

A. Hear more about the competition and how it works

B. Hear from our partners about their challenges

C. Meet potential teammates

D. Meet great blockchain companies looking to hire

E. Network with other people interested in blockchain

The launch events are:

We’ll be opening the formal application window for the competition after the first launch event. Participants have until Sunday 9th December 2018 to enter, stating which challenge they’d like to do (don’t worry, participants can change later). Everyone who meets the eligibility criteria will be accepted.

We’ll host workshops every two weeks between January and March to help participants build their projects. These will take place in each university city (Cambridge, Oxford, London)

Participants submit their final project by Sunday 10th March 2019.


Anyone studying, researching,working at or is an alumni of the universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial, LSE, UCL or KCL can enter.

For those not at one of these universities, you can still enter. However, you will need to be part of a team with one of those university members involved. You will also need to be based in Cambridge, Oxford or London.

Participants may enter as individuals or teams of up to 6. For individuals, you can choose to compete on your own or opt to be partnered with other team members at our speed-partnering sessions.

Participants can enter something they've already worked on before the competition starts. However, it cannot have received funding already


Next Steps

  1. Register your interest

  2. Attend the launch event in your city

  3. Submit an application after the launch event and before 9th December 2018

  4. Be selected to join the programme

  5. Build, learn, pitch, win