Applications for NEAR Base Camp accelerator are now closed

Leveraging NEAR Discovery to redefine the Web3 user experience.

Base Camp Summary

Starting: 4 September 2023

Duration: 12 Weeks

Application closure: Closed

Where: Fully remote

Investment: $100,000 plus an additional $20,000 in NEAR service credits (terms apply)

NEAR is playing a leading role in Web3 in 2023

NEAR has strong UX and is focused on scalability and supports mass adoption. Chains like NEAR are key to onboarding the next billion users into Web3.

NEAR is developer, founder, and user-centric: Their momentum with developers and their focus on ease of use and frictionless apps make it easy to onboard new builders and users.

NEAR is an enterprise grade blockchain platform. With inexpensive and fast transaction speeds and a focus on sustainability, NEARs infrastructure is ready for adoption by leading companies around the world.

NEAR Foundation recently launched NEAR Horizon, a startup support platform revolutionizing how founders are supported in Web3.

NEAR is also accepting applications from Aurora teams who build their frontend on the BOS

We will support the best top-notch talent in the ecosystem by giving them the tools they need to scale up their start ups sustainably, while also helping to set the pace of Web3 innovation in an open, diverse and socially impactful way.

Marieke Flament

CEO, NEAR Foundation

What projects are we looking for

Usability and Application
Infrastructure for Scalability

Develop solutions that focus on improving user experience and driving adoption while effectively addressing scalability concerns. Create innovative tools to streamline user onboarding and facilitate seamless integration into the Web3 ecosystem.

Real-World Use Cases

Explore novel use cases of blockchain technology, from tokenizing physical assets to asset distribution and incentivization use-cases, as well as asset management solutions.

Web 2.5

NEAR serves as the bridge between Web2 and Web3, facilitating the transition to a more decentralised internet. We are particularly interested in projects that explore loyalty, rewards, and social platforms within this Web2.5 context.

New AI

Explore innovative use cases in the intersection of Blockchain and AI which have the potential to transform industries, from finance and healthcare to supply chain management and beyond.

About NEAR Horizon

NEAR Horizon is a startup support platform to help Founders connect with like-minded people and organizations who are best able to accelerate their growth. In addition to these immediate resources, founders can apply for credits that cover service costs in critical development areas including marketing, legal, back-office finance, product, and infrastructure.

What do startups get out of the program?

Part 1

Week 1-2

Helping you to maintain focus on OKRs & Web3 Readiness Framework and ensuring you’re optimally leveraging our network.

Part 2

Week 3-6

Building your knowledge and refine your idea through workshops and 1:2:1 meetings with our Subject Matter Experts across token, design, legal, engineering, fundraising and more.

Part 3

Week 7-12

Having learned and refined your idea and in the first six weeks, the final weeks of the program are tailored towards supporting the key areas needed to bring product to market.

Post Program

An opportunity to showcase your product to the wider Outlier network and 2 months fundraising support.

What we offer

In return for

Our 400+ mentor network

Deepansh S.

Co-Founder at Polkadex

Jamie Burke

CEO, Outlier Ventures

Ioana Surpateanu

Chief Innovation Officer, Swash

We have accelerated 250+ teams across 21 cohorts


  • Funding in exchange for 6% of your company and 6% of future token supply
  • 3 month fully remote accelerator program
  • Access to in house specialist operational, legal, commercial, and co-marketing support
  • Token engineering support and business model testing to pinpoint product-market fit
  • An optional $30,000 interest-free repayable loan to help with initial legal costs
  • An active global mentor, partner and investor network featuring over 400+ mentors and 180+ alumni companies in Web3

Any Base Camp program is designed to nurture teams whose business potential best leverages the program’s protocol and design strengths and also aligns with Outlier Ventures’ Metaverse OS Thesis. Cohorts are generally selected through the lens of growing the protocol ecosystem across various layers such as: NFTs & Gaming, DeFi, Infrastructure, Services, and Middleware.

Participating startups will gain exposure to both Outlier Ventures’ and the protocol’s ecosystems, offering an unparalleled opportunity for founders to scale their technology and grow their business.

The Base Camp Accelerator is currently planned to be a fully remote and virtual program. There may be the opportunity for in-person summits in London or other European locations once the pandemic situation improves. We have so far invested in companies from Australia, Brazil, USA, Canada, Philippines, Nigeria, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Poland, UK, Switzerland.