Nfticks - DeFi - Grant application


Applicant name:
Ovidiu - Business Manager

Team member name:
Vlad - Head of Design
Oussama - CTO

Pitch: A one-liner elevator pitch version of your proposal
World’s First Fully Decentralized Ticketing Platform

Total Request (USD):
$200000.00 USD

Have you previously received a grant from Zcash Community Grants (formerly called ZOMG) or ZF?

Are you seeking or have you received funding from other sources for this proposed project?

Applicant background:

  1. Ovidiu Gagenel (Chief Financial Officer and Business Manager):
  • Extensive financial management experience and strong business acumen.
  • Proven track record in strategic planning, budgeting, and financial analysis.
  • Deep understanding of the ticketing industry landscape and market dynamics.
  • Ability to identify growth opportunities, mitigate risks, and drive profitability.
  • Exceptional leadership skills to align business objectives with financial strategies.
  1. Vlad Petrescu (Head of Design):
  • Vast experience in UI/UX design, delivering exceptional digital experiences.
  • Proficient in user-centered design principles and best practices.
  • Ability to translate complex requirements into intuitive and visually appealing designs.
  • Strong attention to detail, ensuring seamless user interactions and aesthetics.
  • Creative problem-solving skills to address design challenges and enhance user satisfaction.
  1. Oussama Allamou (Chief Technical Officer):
  • Extensive technical expertise and a deep understanding of blockchain technology.
  • Proven ability to architect and develop scalable and secure software solutions.
  • Strong knowledge of smart contract development and blockchain integration.
  • Experience in building robust and efficient platforms for the ticketing industry.
  • Effective team leadership and project management skills to ensure timely delivery.

Description of Problem or Opportunity:

  1. Scalping is a persistent problem that involves the reselling of tickets at significantly inflated prices, often exploiting high demand for popular events. This practice leads to financial losses for consumers and undermines the integrity of the ticketing industry.

  2. Counterfeiting is a major issue in the ticket market, with fraudulent tickets leading to a loss of revenue for event organizers and a negative impact on the experience of legitimate ticket holders. Counterfeiters use various techniques to produce fake tickets, including duplicating barcodes or using sophisticated printing technologies.

  3. Unsold tickets poses a challenge in the ticket market, where event organizers face the risk of not filling up venues and experiencing financial losses. Unsold tickets can occur due to various reasons, including lack of demand, poor marketing strategies, or pricing mismatches.

  4. Global access and monetization challenges in the ticket market demand innovative solutions. Limited event accessibility and payment options impede industry growth and hinder revenue opportunities for event organizers and buyers alike, calling for innovative solutions.

  5. Anonymity is a critical concern in the ticket market, where privacy and security are paramount. Traditional ticketing systems often require users to provide personal information, such as their name, email address, and even credit card details. This information can be susceptible to unauthorized access, hacking, or misuse, leading to identity theft and fraud.

Proposed Solution: Describe the solution at a high level.

  1. Our platform aims to combat scalping by implementing measures such as price range controls and using blockchain technology to ensure secure and traceable ticket transactions. By empowering event planners and protecting the rights of attendees, we strive to create a more equitable and enjoyable ticketing experience for all.

  2. Using a blockchain smart contract system ensures that each ticket is unique and cannot be duplicated or counterfeited. Counterfeiting becomes virtually impossible as the blockchain verifies and records the creation and ownership of every ticket. With this secure and transparent system, event organizers and attendees can have complete confidence in the legitimacy of the tickets, eliminating the risks associated with counterfeit tickets.

  3. Our platform only charges a fee for tickets that are successfully sold, eliminating the costs associated with unsold tickets. This approach provides a flexible and cost-effective model, allowing event organizers to optimize their revenue and reduce financial risks.

  4. Through the power of blockchain and our innovative ticketing platform, we are breaking down geographical barriers and enabling gobal access to events. With a wide range of payment options, including fiat and cryptocurrencies, we are transforming the ticketing industry by offering flexibility and convenience. 5. The decentralized nature of blockchain eliminates the need for personal information disclosure, providing a secure and private ticketing experience. With Nfticks, users can confidently purchase and resell tickets without compromising their privacy, fostering a trusted and transparent ecosystem that prioritizes anonymity and data protection.

Solution Format: What is the exact form of the final deliverable you’re creating?

The final deliverable of Nfticks is a comprehensive ticketing platform powered by blockchain technology. This platform will enable event organizers to create, issue, and manage digital tickets as non-fungible tokens (NFTs) on the blockchain. Ticket buyers will have a unique and secure ticketing experience, with the ability to purchase, transfer, and validate tickets using the platform.

Technical Approach: Dive into the how of your project. Describe your approaches, components, workflows, methodology, etc. Bullet points and diagrams are appreciated!


  • Utilize blockchain technology, specifically a well-known blockchain platform, for building the ticketing platform.
  • Employ smart contracts to manage the creation, issuance, transfer, and validation of NFT tickets.
  • Implement a user-friendly web interface for event organizers to create and manage events, set ticket prices, and customize ticket parameters.
  • Develop a marketplace where users can securely buy and sell NFT tickets.
  • Integrate with existing event management systems to streamline the ticketing process.


  • Blockchain: Leverage the secure and transparent nature of blockchain for ticket creation, ownership tracking, and validation.
  • Smart Contracts: Utilize smart contracts to enforce ticket authenticity, uniqueness, and transferability rules.
  • Web Interface: Design an intuitive and user-friendly interface for event organizers to manage events and ticketing operations.
  • Marketplace: Create a dedicated platform for users to discover, purchase, and sell NFT tickets.
  • Integration: Seamlessly integrate with existing event management systems for data synchronization and streamlined operations.


  • Event Creation: Event organizers use the web interface to create events, define ticket parameters, and set prices.
  • Ticket Issuance: Smart contracts generate unique NFT tickets for each event, storing relevant information on the blockchain.
  • Ticket Transfer: Ticket buyers can purchase NFT tickets through the marketplace and transfer them securely to others.
  • Ticket Validation: Event attendees present their NFT tickets at the venue, where they are validated using real-time blockchain verification.
  • Secondary Market: Users can list their NFT tickets for sale on the marketplace, facilitating peer-to-peer ticket trading.


  • Agile Development: Adopt an iterative and incremental development approach to rapidly build and enhance the ticketing platform.
  • User-Centric Design: Prioritize user experience by conducting user research, incorporating feedback, and ensuring an intuitive interface.
  • Continuous Testing: Conduct rigorous testing and quality assurance to ensure the stability, security, and reliability of the platform.
  • Scalability and Performance Optimization: Implement efficient code and leverage cloud infrastructure to accommodate high traffic and ensure optimal performance.

Dependencies: What external entities is your project dependent on? What involvement is required from ZF, ECC, and/or other external organizations? Who would have to incorporate your work in order for it to be usable?
Our project is dependent on the following external entities and their involvement:

  1. Zcash Foundation (ZF): We would require the support and collaboration of the Zcash Foundation to ensure alignment with the Zcash ecosystem’s goals and principles. This may involve obtaining guidance, feedback, and potentially seeking financial support through grants or partnerships.
  2. Electric Coin Company (ECC): The involvement of the Electric Coin Company, the primary developer of the Zcash protocol, would be crucial to incorporate our work into the Zcash ecosystem. Collaboration with the ECC would ensure the compatibility, security, and compliance of our project with the Zcash blockchain.
  3. External Organizations: To make our project usable, we may need the cooperation and integration with external organizations such as event organizers, ticketing platforms, and regulatory bodies. This would involve establishing partnerships, data sharing agreements, and compliance with relevant regulations in the ticketing industry.
    Incorporating our work into the Zcash ecosystem would require the consensus and involvement of the Zcash Foundation, Electric Coin Company, and other relevant external organizations. Collaborative efforts, open communication, and alignment of objectives would be essential to ensure the successful integration and adoption of our project within the Zcash community.

Execution risks: What obstacles do you expect? What is most likely to go wrong? Which unknown factors could jeopardize success? Who would have to incorporate your work in order for it to be usable?
In any project, there are potential obstacles and risks that could arise. For our project, some of the obstacles we anticipate include:

  1. Technical Challenges: Developing and integrating our ticketing platform with the Zcash blockchain may involve technical complexities and require expertise in blockchain development, smart contracts, and secure ticketing systems.
  2. Regulatory Compliance: The ticketing industry is subject to various regulatory frameworks, and ensuring compliance with relevant laws, such as consumer protection and data privacy regulations, could pose challenges.
  3. Adoption and Partnerships: Gaining widespread adoption of our platform would require collaboration and partnerships with event organizers, ticketing platforms, and other stakeholders in the ticketing ecosystem. Building these relationships and convincing potential partners to incorporate our work could be a significant hurdle.
  4. User Experience: Creating a seamless and user-friendly ticketing experience is crucial for user adoption. Overcoming UX challenges and ensuring a smooth onboarding process for both event organizers and ticket buyers will be essential.

In terms of potential risks, factors that could jeopardize success include:

  1. Market Acceptance: The ticketing market is competitive, and convincing users and event organizers to adopt a new platform may be challenging. Ensuring that our solution offers clear advantages and addresses pain points in the industry is crucial for market acceptance.
  2. Scalability: As our platform grows and attracts more users, scalability becomes a critical factor. Ensuring that the infrastructure can handle increasing transaction volumes and user demand is essential for providing a seamless experience.
    To make our work usable, we would need the cooperation and integration of event organizers, ticketing platforms, and potentially regulatory bodies. Collaborating with these stakeholders and gaining their trust and participation would be necessary for the successful implementation of our project.
    Mitigating these obstacles and risks requires careful planning, strategic partnerships, continuous innovation, and a proactive approach to addressing challenges as they arise.

Unintended Consequences: What are the negative ramifications if your project is successful? Consider usability, stability, privacy, integrity, availability, decentralization, interoperability, maintainability, technical debt, requisite education, etc.
While the success of our project would bring numerous benefits, it is essential to consider the potential negative ramifications and challenges that may arise. Some of the potential negative ramifications to consider include:

  1. Usability: If not designed and implemented properly, the complexity of blockchain technology and ticketing systems could pose usability challenges for non-technical users. We need to ensure that the platform is intuitive, user-friendly, and accessible to a wide range of users.
  2. Stability: As our platform scales and handles increasing transaction volumes, ensuring system stability and avoiding potential performance bottlenecks or downtime becomes crucial. Robust infrastructure and continuous monitoring are necessary to maintain stable operations.
  3. Privacy: Ticketing involves the handling of personal and sensitive information, such as customer details and payment data. We must prioritize data privacy and implement robust security measures to protect user information from unauthorized access or breaches.
  4. Integrity: Ensuring the integrity of the ticketing process is essential to prevent fraud and counterfeiting. Implementing strong authentication mechanisms, secure smart contracts, and verification processes will be vital to maintain the integrity of ticket transactions.
  5. Availability: The platform must be highly available to cater to the demands of ticket buyers and event organizers. Downtime or disruptions could result in missed sales opportunities or negatively impact the user experience. Building redundancy and implementing failover mechanisms are important for maintaining high availability.
  6. Decentralization and Interoperability: If our project aims to leverage blockchain technology for decentralization and interoperability, we must ensure that the platform remains truly decentralized and supports interoperability with other systems and blockchain networks. Striving for open standards and protocols can help achieve these goals.
  7. Maintainability and Technical Debt: As the platform evolves, addressing technical debt and maintaining a clean codebase becomes crucial. Neglecting proper maintenance and accumulating technical debt could hamper the platform’s long-term scalability and stability.
  8. Requisite Education: Introducing a new ticketing platform built on blockchain technology may require educating users, event organizers, and other stakeholders about its benefits and operation. Ensuring proper educational resources and support are available can help overcome potential barriers to adoption.

Addressing these potential negative ramifications requires a proactive approach, continuous improvement, user feedback, robust security measures, regular system audits, and adherence to industry best practices. By addressing these challenges, we can mitigate risks and ensure the long-term success and sustainability of our project.

Evaluation plan: What metrics for success will you share with the community once you’re done? In addition to quantitative metrics, what qualitative metrics will you commit to report?

We are committed to providing the community with transparent and comprehensive metrics to evaluate the success of our project. In addition to quantitative metrics, we recognize the importance of capturing qualitative insights that provide a more holistic understanding of our impact. Here are the metrics we plan to share:
Quantitative Metrics:

  1. Number of ticket transactions: This metric reflects the adoption and usage of our platform. We will track the total number of ticket transactions processed, indicating the platform’s growth and popularity.
  2. Ticket sales volume: Monitoring the total value of ticket sales will demonstrate the financial impact and revenue generation potential of our platform. This metric reflects the economic value created for event organizers and the overall market reach.
  3. User growth and engagement: We will track the number of registered users, active users, and user retention rate over time. These metrics will provide insights into the growth of our user base and the level of engagement within the platform.
  4. Conversion rate: Monitoring the conversion rate from ticket browsing to actual purchases will help us evaluate the effectiveness of our platform in driving ticket sales.

Qualitative Metrics:

  1. User satisfaction and feedback: We will gather user feedback through surveys, reviews, and support channels to gauge user satisfaction, identify pain points, and gather suggestions for improvement.
  2. Event organizer feedback: We will actively seek feedback from event organizers to understand their experience using our platform, assess their satisfaction levels, and gather insights for enhancing their ticketing experience.
  3. Security and privacy: We will monitor and report on the measures implemented to ensure the security and privacy of user data, as well as any audits or certifications obtained to validate our commitment to data protection.
  4. Community engagement: We will measure the level of community engagement through participation in forums, social media interactions, and contributions to the development of the project. This metric will reflect the level of interest and involvement from the broader community.

By sharing these metrics, both quantitative and qualitative, we aim to provide a comprehensive view of our project’s progress, impact, and user experience. Regular reporting and transparency will enable the community to assess the value we bring and hold us accountable to our goals.

Hardware/Software total budget:
$40000.00 USD

Please provide justification for the total hardware/software budget:

  • Hardware costs: $25,000
    This includes the purchase of necessary hardware infrastructure such as servers, networking equipment, and storage devices. The budget was determined based on market research and cost estimates from reputable vendors.
  • Software licenses: $15,000

This covers the acquisition of essential software licenses required for the development and operation of the project. The budget was determined by considering the specific software requirements and obtaining quotes from software providers.

Services total budget (cloud, hosting, etc.):
$60000.00 USD

Please provide justification for the total services budget:


  • External consulting services: $10,000
    This allocation accounts for engaging external consultants who will provide specialized expertise and guidance throughout the project. The budget was determined based on anticipated consulting needs and market rates for similar services.

  • Legal services: $15,000
    This covers legal fees associated with ensuring compliance, drafting contracts, and addressing any regulatory requirements. The budget was determined by considering the complexity of legal matters and obtaining estimates from legal professionals.

  • Marketing services fees: $35,000
    This covers the fees associated with marketing and promotional activities to raise awareness and drive user adoption. It includes strategies, campaigns, content creation, and advertising expenses. The budget was determined based on the scope of marketing efforts and industry rates for marketing services.

Compensation total budget:
$100000.00 USD

Please provide justification for the total compensation budget:

  • Project team salaries and wages: $70,000

This includes compensating the core team members and contributors involved in the project. The compensation figures were determined based on industry standards, market rates, and the level of expertise and responsibilities of each team member. Salaries were determined on a monthly basis, and wages for contributors were determined on an hourly or project basis.

  • Compensation for contractors: $30,000

This covers payments to external contractors or freelancers who will contribute to specific aspects of the project. Compensation figures for contractors were determined based on their expertise, deliverables, and market rates for their services.

Do you require startup funding?

Start up funding - detailed explanation:

We are requesting startup funding of $80,000 to ensure the successful launch and completion of our project. This funding is necessary to cover the initial costs and expenses incurred during the setup phase and early development stages. Here is a detailed explanation of why this funding is required:

  1. Infrastructure and Equipment: We need to acquire essential hardware and software infrastructure to support the project development process. This includes purchasing computers, servers, software licenses, and development tools necessary for efficient and effective work.

  2. Team Compensation: The startup funding will be used to provide compensation to our team members during the initial stages of the project. This includes developers, designers, and other key personnel involved in the project. Their expertise and dedicated efforts are crucial for the successful execution of the project.

  3. Research and Development: The project requires extensive research and development activities to ensure a robust and innovative solution. The startup funding will enable us to allocate resources for in-depth market research, feasibility studies, and prototype development.

  4. Marketing and Promotion: A portion of the funding will be allocated to marketing and promotion activities to create awareness and generate interest in our project. This includes digital marketing campaigns, content creation, branding, and promotional materials.

  5. Legal and Regulatory Compliance: We need to ensure that our project adheres to all relevant legal and regulatory requirements. This may involve engaging legal advisors and consultants to review our project’s compliance and provide guidance on any necessary adjustments.

By providing upfront funding, we can accelerate the project’s development and mitigate any potential financial constraints that could hinder progress. It allows us to allocate resources effectively and efficiently, ensuring a smooth and successful launch.

Start up funding - USD value of payout upon approval of grant:

Milestone 1 - estimated completion date:

Milestone 1 - USD value of payout upon completion of deliverables:

Deliverable 1.1
Project plan document outlining the scope, objectives, and timeline of the project.

Deliverable 1.2
Team roles and responsibilities defined and documented.

Deliverable 1.3
Infrastructure setup, including hardware and software environment, completed.

Milestone 2 - estimated completion date:

Milestone 2 - USD value of payout upon completion of deliverables:

Deliverable 2.1
Functional prototype of the project developed and tested.

Deliverable 2.2
User interface design and user experience (UI/UX) wireframes created and approved.

Deliverable 2.3
Integration of essential features and functionalities into the prototype.

Milestone 3 - USD value of payout upon completion of deliverables:

Milestone 3 - estimated completion date:

Deliverable 3.1
Alpha version of the project deployed and accessible for testing by selected users.

Deliverable 3.2
Feedback collection mechanism implemented and user feedback gathered.

Deliverable 3.3
Bugs and issues identified during testing resolved and improvements implemented.

Milestone 4 - USD value of payout upon completion of deliverables:

Milestone 4 - estimated completion date:

Deliverable 4.1
Beta version of the project launched with a wider user base.

Deliverable 4.2
Integration of additional features and enhancements based on user feedback.

Deliverable 4.3
Performance optimization and stress testing conducted to ensure stability and scalability.

Milestone 5 - estimated completion date:

Milestone 5 - USD value of payout upon completion of deliverables:

Deliverable 5.1
Full-scale production release of the project.

Deliverable 5.2
Comprehensive quality assurance and testing completed.

Deliverable 5.3
User documentation and support materials finalized.

Milestone 6 - estimated completion date:

Milestone 6 - USD value of payout upon completion of deliverables:

Deliverable 6.1
Evaluation of user feedback and identification of areas for improvement.

Deliverable 6.2
Iterative updates and enhancements based on user feedback and market demands.

Deliverable 6.3
Implementation of additional features and functionalities to enhance the project’s value proposition.

Total proposed USD value of grant:
$200000.00 USD

How was the project timeline determined?
We put together the project timeline by considering different factors such as the work required, task complexity, available resources, and desired outcomes. Here’s how we did it:

  1. Task Breakdown: We analyzed what needs to be done and identified the main tasks and deliverables for the project. We made sure to break down each task into smaller, manageable parts for better clarity.

  2. Task Dependencies: We looked at how tasks relate to each other and determined their order of execution. This helped us understand which tasks are dependent on others and which ones can be done concurrently.

  3. Resource Availability: We took into account the resources we have, including team members and equipment, to estimate how long each task would take based on their availability and capacity.

  4. Project Goals: We set clear objectives and milestones that align with the desired outcomes of the project. These milestones serve as checkpoints to track progress and ensure we’re on track.

By considering these factors, we were able to create a realistic and achievable project timeline.

Hi @gagenel - Welcome to the forum, and thank you for submitting your grant proposal! We will review it in the upcoming weeks and reach out if we have any questions.

In the meantime, if you have any questions for us, you can post them to this thread or DM us at @ZcashGrants.

Zcash Community - We want to hear your feedback on this grant! You can post your comments to this thread or DM us at @ZcashGrants if you’d like to provide feedback in private.


How exactly would this integrate with Zcash?

You mention smart contracts, which blockchain are you planning to use for this?


Integrating with Zcash would bring privacy, security, transparency, and efficiency to the ticketing process within the Nfticks ecosystem. By leveraging Zcash’s robust blockchain infrastructure, Nfticks aims to revolutionize the ticketing industry, providing a unique and secure experience for all stakeholders involved.

We will deploy the smart contracts on all the EVMs networks to improve flexibility.

You mentioned the smart contracts would be deployed on EVM networks. However, what specific features would require ZCash?

This seems useless to Zcash. I’m in opposition.


Sounds like applicants don’t understand what Zcash is, not in favour of approving this one.


Its a no from me, sounds like they want funding to bootstrap their business

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@gagenel, the @ZcashGrants Committee voted to reject this proposal because it is out of scope for projects ZCG is interested in funding and not within their budget

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