Proposal “IntroducingDashtoSerbianITCommunity“ (Completed)Back

Title: Introducing Dash to Serbian IT community through Startup Grind
One-time payment: 21 DASH (644 USD)
Completed payments: 1 totaling in 21 DASH (0 month remaining)
Payment start/end: 2017-09-18 / 2017-10-18 (added on 2017-09-11)
Votes: 879 Yes / 48 No / 18 Abstain

Proposal description


Hey, guys, I've been pretty active in the previous period, setting up everything for this proposal.

Here's what has been done so far:

- I secured cooperation with ICT Hub (, one of the largest tech communities in Serbia, which comprises of a largest co-working space, VC fund and a Corpo Lab (digital innovation services for large corporations - possible cooperation with the corpo sector in Serbia). Their amazing venue and their vast community will be the cornerstone of the project. 

- I gained the support from Smart City Challenge Serbia (, the first Smart City accelerator in Serbia which has a special focus on blockchain smart city solutions this year.- I've started discussing the possibilities of implementing Dash as a payment option in local cafes and restaurants with experienced lawyers, and there is big potential to implement it (there are several places in Belgrade that accept bitcoins as the payment option). Several cafe and restaurant owners I've talked with are very interested.

- I already initiated the preparation for the first Startup Grind event that will serve as the first Dash info session. This includes: considering possible speaker(s) and dates, gathering the logistics team and preparing the design for the goodies (t-shirts, stickers, brochures, etc.)

- The Dash Serbia Facebook page has been created and I that is the first step towards building the Serbian Dash community online. I am planning to invest some money for the promotion campaign over the upcoming weekend.

- I talked with several influential people in the Serbian tech community regarding the whole thing. They liked the idea and have agreed to support it once we launch the project. This would give us huge additional visibility once we start, through two of the most visited online tech magazines in Serbia.

- Last, but not least, I contacted Tungfa regarding the translation of website to Serbian language and I am currently working on it.

I was updating this on Slack channel and since I am aware that most of MN's are not often on Slack, I felt it was a good thing to write an update here as well.

Will keep you posted with more updates soon!

Regards from rainy Belgrade :)

Proposal Overview
This proposal is meant to introduce Dash to the business startup community on monthly Startup Events in Serbia. The objective is to energize and
educate the startup community of entrepreneurs about Dash and how they can add
value through submitting proposals. Consider this a test case for a worldwide
introduction of Dash to the entrepreneurial startup community – talented and
motivated individuals that Dash could greatly benefit from!
Who am I?
My name is Nebojsa (Linkedin Profile) and I am an Event Manager with over 3 years of experience, mostly organizing events
oriented to startups. Currently, I am Chapter Director at Startup Grind Belgrade
and I am organizing monthly fireside chats with startup founders and VC funds
to show what it takes to be an entrepreneur to people who wish to start their
own startup or startups who seek investments.
My previous experience includes:
-      TEDx ZemunED (Serbian Version)
-      Startup Camp - Camp oriented to students where they face challenges like which they would face in real world as startup founders
-      Brain Hunt -  Jobfair dedicated to connecting developers and start-ups
-      Binfluencers - Co - Founder of NGO dedicated to making free programming schools in order to attract more people into programming
-      CESA Awards - Co- Ambassador for Serbia 2016 - RegionalStartup Awards
What is Startup Grind?
Startup Grind ( is the largest independent startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting 1,000,000
entrepreneurs in over 250 cities. We nurture startup ecosystems in 105
countries through events, media, and partnerships with organizations like Google for Entrepreneurs.The cornerstone of our global community is monthly events featuring successful
local founders, innovators, educators, and investors who share lessons learned
on the road to building great companies. Founded in Silicon Valley, Startup
Grind has hosted 5,000 fireside chats since its founding in 2010. To date,
Startup Grind has helped millions of entrepreneurs find mentorship, connect to
partners and hires, pursue funding, and reach new users.
I reached out to Startup Grind back in 2015 in order to start my own chapter ( to inspire young people to start their own startup and to help increase number of startups in my city and so far
I connected over 100 people, 4 startups and helped over 50 developers, grad
students to find appropriate jobs for their skills. Three startups have been
founded with the help of connections they made at my events.
My previous speakers are from: 
Devana Technology (now bought by GoDaddy),
Embassy of Israel (they are close partners of Startup Grind Belgrade),
Speed Invest (largest VC fund in Austria),
and this month my guest is
Michelle E. Messina
(author of “Decoding Silicon Valley: The Insider’s Guide.”), you can see all of
my speakers in the link above.
On the other side, my plans in the future for promoting and proposals Dash includes:
1st step (which is this proposal meant for) - Introducing Dash to local community
through Startup Grind events for 3 - 5 months
2nd step - Starting Dash independent and dedicated meet-ups
3rd step - Introduce Dash to other Startup Grind chapters in 100 countries and 250
cities worldwide in 2018.
My stretch goal is to get Dash Core CEO Ryan Taylor to speak at the Startup Grind
Global Conference
12-14 February 2018. ( I believe we should be the Main sponsor of this event which has over 3000 attendees from Startup/IT world and
list of past speakers include major startup/VC companies (which you can check
on the website mentioned above): Airbnb, Google X, Twitter, Nest, Instagram, Lyft,

Also, check out the great interviews on YouTube channel!

4th step - Organize Dash-oriented Hackathon (2nd/3rd quarter of 2018) after Evolution is
released and speak to Dash Core team to be mentors for the hackathon.
In meantime, I made a Dash Facebook group and page in order to provide more
information for locals and I wanted to make Serbian dedicated website for Dash,
but Mark Mason gave me a better idea - to contact Tungfa so I can translate
Dash website to Serbian which will I do as soon as I get access.
What is sponsorship meant for?
This sponsorship will cover:
-       Venue
-       Stickers
-       T-shirts
-       Brochures
-       Badges
-       2 Rollup Banners
-       Catering
-       Marketing and design
-       Dash writer and social media manager
-       Dash give away $2 to 25 people
-       Filming and video editing
-       Exposure on Social Media platforms- both on Startup Grind and on new Dash Facebook page I started (Linkedin, Facebook,
Twitter, Meetup), newsletter, thank you note at the event, Sponsorship space on
official Startup Grind Belgrade website.
-       Facebook ad campaign
-       5 Dash proposal reimbursement
Requested funding for October is 21.465 Dash based on current price of $320.
If there is some funding left or Dash price increase, it will go to funding Event for
following month.
If the price of Dash decrease, I will add the needed amount from my own budget.
Let me know your opinion in the comments below and I will reply ASAP.

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Discussion: Should we fund this proposal?

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0 points,6 years ago
Serbia Might be a small country but we need all countries on board the Dash train. The more global scope Dash has, the better for everybody. Let's spread the word!
0 points,6 years ago
Yes, I agree. I am working with a lawyer now to see if there is a way to implement a Dash as a payment option with local restaurants and cafe's and so far so good. There is nothing about if it is forbidden, so there is a way. Trying also to work with one if they implement Dash as a payment to make Dash meetup in that cafe :)
0 points,6 years ago
This is AWESOME!
0 points,6 years ago
Awesome, look forward to seeing how it goes!
0 points,6 years ago
Likewise, I am looking to promote Dash through other startup events here, so I do have a bigger plan for Dash here.
0 points,6 years ago
Ok. Hope it is carried out. Voting yes.
0 points,6 years ago
No worries, it will be carried out. Tugfa gave me access to translate Dash website to Serbian, so while waiting for this proposal to be approved, I am translating the page in mean time. :)
0 points,6 years ago
you got my support, you have some ambitious plans in mind for later on .. i like that
0 points,6 years ago
Thank you. That is how it works if I want to promote Dash here and to have developers making hardware/software for it and also having business owners interested to implement that tech to accept Dash as a payment.

I've already sent sponsorship proposal to Ryan for SUG Global in 2018 and I am hoping that I will get a positive response from him.
0 points,6 years ago
Seems very affordable compared to other proposal projects. Serbia is not the biggest place but i'm willing to give this a shot and see what happens.
0 points,6 years ago
it is small indeed, but here are based some of the companies you are probably familiar with. Top Eleven, Frame, Seven Bridges Genomics, Devana, Game Credits, and the list goes on and on.
Hopefully, we will see new startup rising with the introduction of Dash and make some new payment solutions.
0 points,6 years ago
Love it! This could get Dash into the pool of talent that we need to create more professional content, ads, form meetups, translations, etc. and get Dash out there worldwide before Evolution.
Easy yes from me.
0 points,6 years ago
That is the plan :)
0 points,6 years ago
No description?
0 points,6 years ago
Was editing it.
0 points,6 years ago
Great, I have voted YES now.
0 points,6 years ago
Thank you for the support! As for not having a description at the start, it was due to my lack of experience with this.