#405 Smartcash to sponsor a StartUp Grind event namely "Beyond Bitcoin" in johannesburg.

By hardcorecrypto


StartUp Grind is the largest global community for entrepreneurs. Each month they discuss a different topic and bring out different guests. June 19th will focus on Cryptocurrency. My name is Grey Jabesi, The host of The Grey Ave Podcast which is the top podcast in South Africa as far as crypto. I'm also involved with a number of entrepreneurial communities including Startup Grind hence this event.


June 19th is going to be an exciting day for Crypto in South Africa. I had a chance to propose to StartUp Grind's director in Johannesburg to make June's event about Cryptocurrency. She welcomed the idea since Crypto is currently a big topic in South Africa and they haven't done an event of this type before. They also gave me the responsibility to choose the main speaker as well as a four man panel for the day. Within my network, I managed to pull out a great panel of notable people in the space. Some of them, which I've had on my podcast before.

Who are the speakers at the event?

Here is a list of people I have managed to get to speak at the event:

1) Roger Ver (Introduction) - He wont be able to make it in person but he will do a skype talk live. 

2) Dan van de ghinste (Main speaker) - Co-founder of Blockstarters(The first and only Blockchain incubator in South Africa) http://www.blockstarters.com/

3) Shakes Motshilili (Panel)- Founder of Aziza Coin (The first SARS(Tax man) endorsed crypto in South Africa), Co-Founder of Africa New Energies)

4) Tawanda Kembo (Panel) - Founder of Golix (The only Crypto exchange in Zimbabwe)

5) Mpho Dagada (Panel) - Crypto investor and educator. Also Author of Mr Bitcoin.

5) Grey Jabesi, myself as host of the panel. 

The agenda "Beyond Bitcoin" is meant to introduce the audience to the whole world of cryptocurrency. When most people read or hear the word "Cryptocurrency", they usually think of the concept of Bitcoin. So we want to discuss other applications of Blockchain technology and how Africa can take advantage of this new technology.

The event will be recorded on both video and audio.

Why Smartcash should get Involved?
I love and support smartcash and this event is covering other use cases of cryoticurrency and smartcash is a good example. I think this event will be a great place for good exposure as well. I will have sometime to speak and I will host the panel so I will talk about Smartcash. Imagine me in a Smartcash tshirt on stage.

Community Bulding
Myself and my team are based in Cape Town but since we'll be in Johannesburg for 5 days. We'll do the following community bulding activities:

- After event dinner with the speakers etc (Invite only)
- I will work with one of the Alexandra radio host to do alive smartcash competetion on radio
- SmartCash beers on Friday the 22 of June
- Cape Town Bitcoin Banter group meetup on Sunday the 24th of June

Blockstarters Smartnode
Blockstarters is the first and only blockchain inclubator in South africa. They have open space for blockchain startups to work in as well as educational facilities including a mining farm. I wanna get a Smartnode running there so that whenever people visit to learn about mining, they also get exposed to smartcash and it's nodes.

Budget: $10,150


Startup grind johannesburg: https://www.startupgrind.com/johannesburg/ (FYI, this event will be listed next month on their website)

My podcast: http://www.greyjabesi.com/thepodcast/

Blockstarters: http://www.blockstarters.com/




Date Amount (US$) Amount (Σ) Description Status
May 27, 2018 2,000.00 677,433.34 * Tshirt Printing -
May 30, 2018 500.00 169,358.34 * Banner printing -
June 04, 2018 2,500.00 846,791.68 * Flights, Accommodation, car rentals -
June 21, 2018 1,300.00 440,331.67 * Video and photographers -
June 22, 2018 1,100.00 372,588.34 * Smartcash Beers and -
June 24, 2018 650.00 220,165.84 * Extra staff (Models) -
June 27, 2018 1,500.00 508,075.01 * Smartnode Building at Blockstarters Blockchain incubator -
June 29, 2018 600.00 203,230.00 * $10 Smart give aways -
* Estimated

Requested Amount

  • Total USD: 10,150.00
  • Estimated SMART: 3,437,974.20
  • Estimated BTC: 1.10152693


  • Created Date: Thursday, May 10, 2018
  • Voting Deadline: Thursday, May 24, 2018 02:28:00 UTC
  • Payment Date: Payments will be made in accordance with the delivered milestones


  • Not Funded


Yes (442,390.53)
No (687,325.49)
Abstain (0.00)

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  • mjthestudentactuary 05/14/2018 12:21

    This looks great, the budget could be fleshed out some more, but I think its good to vote yes on all things that raise awareness for SmartCash. I'm voting yes!

    hardcorecrypto 05/14/2018 19:42

    Thanks for your feedback. To be clear on the budget, I just submitted the maximum estimated budget. The actual costs are more likely to be way less than that and the Smartcash proposals admin will only fund for whats accounted for based on invoices and proof other proof of payments, not necessarily what's requested. I should've pointed this out within the proposal but It's impossible to edit. Thanks again:) Grey

  • fl0at1ng_p01nt 05/21/2018 00:51

    Hello @hardcorecrypto. I am all for having presence at conferences. Is there more info about the event? Like how many people will be attending, where will it be held at, wich other cryptos are sponsoring? Will the smart cash logo be posted on the event´s website and social media? Also, is there a plan for promoting the event locally, say newspapers or magazines where Smar Cash logo can be placed? Thanks for supporting this community.

    hardcorecrypto 05/21/2018 09:39

    @fl0at1ng_p01nt Thanks for taking the time to look into this. About 200 people will be attending. The event will be held in the city of Johannesburg in South Africa. Since the event has not been published or made public yet, no any other cryptos sponsoring yet but I'm sure once it's out, there will be a few interested. Mostly Microsoft, banks and tech startups sponsor Startup Grind. I can arrange that Smartcash is listed on the event site, my idea was to get this approved so that before the event goes public so that we can include Smartcash in the event collateral. The event is mostly promoted via social media ads but with this budget, I can definitely arrange other media platforms like magazines etc. I will make sure the Smartcash logo is visible on all collateral. The event will be listed here this week: https://www.startupgrind.com/johannesburg/

    fl0at1ng_p01nt 05/23/2018 05:17

    Thank you for your answer. I will follow the event closely and in the meantime, here are some yes votes. Best regards and much success.

  • cryptodog 05/22/2018 15:10

    Anything that enhances the awareness and uptake of Smartcash is a great idea as long as it executed correctly and focuses on education.