Get LIFTED by Sperax through a year-long grant series that aims to empower WOMEN in blockchain. Get LIFTED by Sperax through a year-long grant series that aims to empower WOMEN in blockchain.

by Sperax

  • Empowering WOMEN in blockchain
  • A grant program offering quarterly grants of up to $15,000
Sperax understands the power of blockchain technology, and seeks to help others feel welcomed to help in our mission of mass adoption of blockchain technology. We are excited to announce the LIFTED Grants hosted by Sperax. These grants are designed to provide women with access to capital and mentorship in the blockchain space.

There’s a gender divide in blockchain
  • There is a significant gender divide in the blockchain industry. Many jobs in the space incorporate both finance and technology, two historically male-dominated fields. This has resulted in women representing only 10-30% of the blockchain industry.
  • As Bitcoin price exceeded record highs, the blockchain industry is once again attracting significant attention from wall street and mainstream media. We believe this is the perfect opportunity to launch a grant designed specifically for women in blockchain.

Blockchain Startup Gender Divide

  • Male
  • Female
  • Team Members

  • Executives

  • Advisors

Data Source: Longhash

Who will be LIFTED?

The LIFTED grant is designed for women in blockchain. Each quarter will have a new application round and objective. Simply be driven and curious, and have a desire to create (what or how you create - that is up to you!). From researchers and developers, to designers and academics - all women-led initiatives are welcome to apply.

LIFTED Criteria

Each team must have one woman in its leadership.

To be considered for a grant, applicants must submit a strategic proposal that outlines what they will establish and create upon being awarded the grant. This can be a project, research, business proposal, or more!

Phase Topics

The LIFTED grant will be divided into FOUR phases. While the overall program will focus on supporting the talented women that work in blockchain, each quarter will see new topics that the grants will facilitate, creating more opportunities for exciting projects to be realised.
  • Phase I:

    Decentralized Finance

    Feb 8 – Mar 16 2021

  • Phase II:

    Blockchain Economics

    Apr 10 – May 31 2021

  • Phase III:

    Blockchain at University

    July 19 – Sep 1 2021

  • Phase IV:


    Oct 11 – Nov 22 2021

Phase 1: Important Dates

  • Step 1: Apply between February 8 and March 16, 2021
  • Step 2: Interview with Sperax team the week of March 19
  • Step 3: Notified of award by March 24

  • Step 4: This begins the process of refining the project, if needed, with the Sperax team and identifying project funding milestones
  • Step 5: Time for the project and fun to begin! You will be advised and mentored by the Sperax team and partners during your time working on the project

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  • Does my team have to include only women to apply?

    Applicants must have women on their team. The team does not have to be all women.

  • What happens once my application is submitted?

    Once your team has applied, you will receive a confirmation email. We will reach out to schedule an interview after your application is reviewed.

  • Can I apply for grants from multiple phases?

    You can only participate in one phase at a time. If you or your team has received money from phase one, your team must complete all milestones before applying for an additional phase.

  • How many steps are there in the process?

    There are three steps to evaluating applications. After applying, potential candidates will move through three evaluation stages: Sperax scoring, community poll and Sperax LIFTED Committee interview. Applicants will be notified if they have moved on from one round to the next, with the final decision being made after all of the candidates’ Sperax LIFTED Committee interviews.

  • Are all of the phases the same?

    No, each phase is unique and has different applicant criteria and objectives.

  • How long is the grants process once we apply?

    The process is typically two weeks from application deadline to award.

  • We are a private business, can we apply?

    Yes, private businesses are welcome to apply.

  • We are a team of individuals, not a business entity, can we still apply?


  • Our team plans to launch a token sale, is it eligible for a grant?


  • Can I edit my application after submission?

    Typically, no. If you have submitted an application and would like to change or update any information, please email or

  • How long is project delivery if accepted?

    Project delivery is contingent upon your milestones. Three months is standard but we are open to supporting projects that extend past three months.

  • Are projects funded in crypto?

    Projects are funded in USDT.