Grant Application - GoingUP

Project name:

GoingUP is a collaboration platform and an on-chain reputation scoring system for professionals in the crypto space.

We are solving problems linked to pseudonymous & fake identities facilitating

collaboration, career growth and improving accountability and trustworthiness

in web3.

To built trustworthiness in the web3 industry


An increasing number of anonymous profiles in the crypto space are untrustworthy and are stealing.
We are solving the trust issue that is common in web3 by rewarding and enabling users to build their reputation based on achievements, interactions and contributions. We will use your on-chain track record of past interactions, formal and informal roles, connections and awards to create a reputation score and a clear and on-chain proved overview of your capabilities. Even informal work, which is common amongst contributors and new starters, can be accounted for as we will enable users to offer tokens of appreciation.

Our solution is typically intended to be used by independent NFT artists looking for trustworthy Web3 developers, by investors doing their due diligence, by web3 projects looking for marketers with experience in building communities and by Millennial and Genz users new to the crypto space looking to join our fantastic industry and in need to build their reputation.

*Describe the project in detail:
We are focused on providing value to web3 communities and increasing collaboration, transparency and trustworthiness to drive more innovation in the space.
We are going to build a new standard for professional identity on-chain.
Providing an on-chain reputation that is owned by the user’s wallet, and that can be grown through tokens of appreciation from peers and smart contracts track records.
Create value, gamify and reward people for their effort in a way that creates incentives for people to be good with one another and reward active members of the community.

We are an inclusive product and we want to encourage women and minorities to build their web3 reputation regardless of their origin and background.

Validation / Traction / Progress so far
We have 840 Twitter followers, 52 people on our discord and 232 people on our waiting list.

Mark Ibanez - Co-founder: Has 20 years of experience in software development and is also experienced in Solidity, writing smart contracts for NFT projects and currently collaborating with NFT Academy run by YouTubers Crypto Brando and BrettMalinowski. Mark has a Computer Science degree from Ateneo University in Manila. Linkedin profile

Stephania Silva - Co-founder: Design Engineer, Entrepreneur, Gitcoin’s Kernel KB4 fellow with experience in the NFT space, has worked closely with crypto artists, running interviews and writing articles. In early 2021 Stephania ran a volunteer mentoring programme with the NFThypesquad discord group mentoring more than 20 crypto artists to help them with marketing and sales in the NFTs space. Stephania has a double Master’s degree from Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art.
Linkedin Profile:

Benoit Surroca - Co-founder and Business strategy lead. Columbia MBA 2023 candidate, Holds an MSc in Railway engineering and previously worked in the railway industry & public sector as a System engineer across Europe and Asia. Linkedin profile:

Grant Amount Requested


What it will be used for?

7500 for product development (paying contracting devs) & improving our MVP
2500 for our community building budget

Attach any additional documents/resources about the project if you have any.

How did you hear about MGD’s Funding program?

I read about it on a Twitter post

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Hey thanks for your submission! We (grants committee) will be discussing this in our next meeting. For now I have a few questions though

  • Most DAO contributions right now are off-chain, for example design work, content creation, code contribution… how does GoingUP account for or verify these types of work?
  • Another idea I had might be using something like Coordinape rewards as a proxy for good work. Even if the proof of work itself is not on-chain, the fact that the workers peers allocated them tokens might serve as testament for good work
  • Do you have plans in the roadmap to integrate with other bounty platforms like Gitcoin or Layer3, who have onboarded DAOs and contributors already?

Thank you for the comments and feedback. Using chain proof of work is fine, by gifting tokens of appreciation to someone, 2 collaborators link themselves and somehow engage their reputation. So, your intuition is correct. Just as informal work doesn’t need to be formalized and cannot be captured by our solution at the moment, using tokens of appreciation would still enable users to reward their peers for their achievements.
We are considering integrating with other bounty platforms later on.

Hi! Thanks again for your submission! We’ve reviewed your application and are very interested in your project. Our grants funding is currently on hold since we are in the middle of fundraising, but we will update you about next steps as soon as we have more funds! Thank you.

Hi Mark, Stephania and Benoit,

The members of Meta Gamma Delta DAO want to thank you for your grant application submission! We apologize for the delay. We took a pause to restructure and are just getting up to speed and looking to award some grants by the close of 2022. The Grants Committee is interested in hearing an update and any further details you would like us know about your project by November 28, 2022. You may include links, a video up to 2 minutes long and/or written update. All submissions will be reviewed and responses will be made after November 30, 2022. Please feel free to respond or ask questions and a committee member will get back with you as soon as possible.
Thank you for your interest in Meta Gamma Delta Grants Program. We look forward to hearing more from you soon.

Hi Mark, Stephania and Benoit,

The members of Meta Gamma Delta DAO want to thank you for your recent grant application submission. The decision-making process was difficult as we had a variety of powerful groups and organizations interested in a limited amount of grant dollars.

Unfortunately, your application was not selected for funding at this time. However, we would really appreciate you keeping us posted on further development and growth and hope you apply again in the future. Membership to Meta Gamma Delta DAO is always open should you be interested and in general, we look forward to connecting in the metaverse!