[SGP - 0003] Shimmer Growth Committee as part of the Tangle Ecosystem Association

[SGP - 0003] Shimmer Growth Committee as part of the Tangle Ecosystem Association

This proposal has gone through an initial proposal, an updated version containing clarifications and implements community feedback, and is now presented to you in this Phase 2 Poll to determine if it should be voted in a Phase 3 Firefly vote amongst all Shimmer token holders.

This Poll will be open for seven days and close on Monday, 19 December, at 3 pm CET.

Only forum members with Trust Level 1 (basic user) or above are eligible to vote in this Poll.

If you support the proposal please vote for it in this Poll:

Do you support the setup of the Shimmer Growth Committee as part of the Tangle Ecosystem Association?
  • Yes, i support setting up the Shimmer Growth Committee
  • No

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Simple Summary

We have opened a new world of opportunity with the successful Shimmer launch. Not only was Shimmer received very well by the market - exceeding our initial expectations - but we’ve also received significant interest from investors, builders, and essential groups outside of our ecosystem that offers to support Shimmer and be a part of this growing ecosystem.

Shimmer’s full potential will be available with the upcoming launch of the ShimmerEVM. In preparation for that, we want to expedite community efforts around growth, marketing, and adoption efforts by expediting the capital allocation from the Community Treasury. We see a real need to allocate part of the Community ecosystem fund alongside the existing Tangle Ecosystem Association (TEA) treasury to accelerate our ecosystem growth and adoption. Now is the time to be ambitious with Shimmer and ensure we do not miss this unique opportunity.

We ask the community to make a decision on our proposal:

  • To elect three community members to join the Tangle Ecosystem Association’s “Shimmer Growth Committee” as Community Delegates and to be empowered to allocate the ecosystem fund quickly, effectively, and transparently in a joint effort together with the Tangle Ecosystem Association. Their mandate will be for one year, to be renewed yearly.
  • To use the established legal structures of the Tangle Ecosystem Association as the responsible entity for allocating 50% (90,681,025.5 SMR) of the Community Treasury Shimmer tokens. Through the legal structures of TEA, the Shimmer Growth Committee will fund the ecosystem alongside the Tangle Ecosystem Associations’ efforts and the Community Treasury Committee, which is currently being set up by the community.

For Clarification:

Tangle Ecosystem Association (TEA) - The Swiss entity founded to be the primary entity responsible for ecosystem support for Shimmer and IOTA. This entity has received 10% of the Shimmer supply (181.362.051 SMR) and has the sole purpose of increasing the adoption and growth of the IOTA & Shimmer Ecosystem. The TEA will use its received funding for this purpose.

Community Treasury Grant Committee - An Independent, Community driven, and community-governed Committee currently designed by the Community Governance group that proposes to select five members through Governance decisions currently discussed and proposed in the IOTA Governance Forum. This committee would receive 15% (27.204.307 SMR) of the Shimmer community treasury tokens (10% of the whole Shimmer supply 181.362.051 SMR) and give out grants based on grant applications submitted to this committee.

Shimmer Growth Committee - A Committee that takes care of the Growth and Adoption of Shimmer by allocating Shimmer tokens from the community treasury. We ask the community to let this committee of community delegates and TEA members decide over the use of 50% (90,681,025.5 SMR) of the Tokens. Additionally, the Tangle Ecosystem Association will add to the Growth Committee’s initiatives.


Although Shimmer was a successful launch, we are still far from reaching its full potential. We want to be more ambitious with Shimmer and attract more builders and dApps to join our ecosystem to unlock its full potential.

As shown by some of our recently launched competitors, investing significant capital in the community and ecosystem will reflect positively on the traction and growth of the project. We need to use our shared resources now to maximize our chances of success with Shimmer. We can no longer be held back by doing things slowly. Setting up our community DAO structure will take months, by which time this unique opportunity with Shimmer and our DeFi ecosystem will have faded away.

To avoid this, we should use the existing legal structure of the Tangle Ecosystem Association (TEA) to efficiently and quickly allocate the ecosystem fund and help us achieve our objectives with Shimmer. To ensure the community is actively represented in allocation decisions, we want to involve trusted community delegates through the Shimmer Growth Committee.

Since Shimmer launched successfully, several promising opportunities have been brought to our attention. We believe that we must use these opportunities now to grow the adoption of Shimmer and its technology and advance its positioning in the market. With this proposal, we want to empower the community to take matters into their own hands and fund new initiatives with a part of their treasury tokens.

Now is the time to be bold and push Shimmer to adoption.


As a new layer one smart contract network with a fair token distribution and a nascent dApp ecosystem, Shimmer has opened up a new world of opportunity for us. For the first time since IOTA’s inception in 2015, we are now empowered with the necessary tools (smart contracts) and incentives ($SMR, dApp tokens) to create our own success. This unique opportunity offered by Shimmer is still in the early phase, as the network launch was only one month ago. In preparation for the smart contract ShimmerEVM release, we must scale up our efforts to onboard builders and dApps to Shimmer.

Shimmer is perfectly positioned to capitalize on the current market conditions, especially during uncertain times like the ones we currently experience. Shimmer hits all of the correct narratives which excite the market: fixed supply, sustainable tokenomics, parallelized execution through our DAG ledger, multi-chain smart contracts, modular architecture, proven and successful team, large dedicated ecosystem, etc. Most importantly, we finally have the technology to prove it.

Over the last 12 months, we’ve already laid the groundwork with Touchpoint to support our ecosystem. Many builders have taken the opportunity to be early and become one of the first DeFi, NFT, or GameFi projects on Shimmer. Undoubtedly, one of our most significant advantages is our strong community, which has already built close to 75 and counting dApps, NFT, and GameFi projects on Shimmer. We, as TEA, are already supporting many of these projects. We will increase our ecosystem support through grant programs, which will relaunch under TEA and the community DAO in the coming weeks.

Grants alone are insufficient to burst outside our bubble to make Shimmer and its ecosystem recognized beyond our existing community. We need to increase our allocation from the ecosystem fund to create the right incentives to onboard new investors, liquidity providers, essential services, infrastructure providers, and users to support Shimmer and the amazing dApps building on it. Incentivizing the right partners is an investment into the broader ecosystem, and we should use the funding made available through the ecosystem fund for this.

We must match our grand ambitions for Shimmer with the correct and timely capital allocation to spur growth, adoption, and onboarding of the right partners. In the end, we cannot build Shimmer alone - we need to have an entire ecosystem of applications, exchanges, and liquidity providers supporting us to be successful.

Now is the time to be ambitious. Instead of hiding, we have to aggressively go into the market by allocating a large part of our ecosystem funding now. This proposal is meant to offer the community an option to distribute the ecosystem fund more quickly without waiting for the DAO structure and legal entities to be set up in the first place. We can use the existing legal structure of TEA and now start to use the ecosystem fund.

We also want to highlight that certain aspects of a growth strategy cannot be executed by a transparent and fully community-driven organization like the Community Treasury committee. Without the additional creation of the Shimmer Growth Committee, we would not be able to do a lot of the very effective growth measures in our reach now.

Community Treasury Action & Inaction

The current community treasury was meant to be set up through a DAO Committee structure. While a handful of community members have done fantastic work in defining the Community Treasury Committee structure, it is essential to highlight that we are still in the very early stages of community & DAO governance. Most importantly, we are still missing a legal structure for the DAO, which takes time to finalize and set up.

The current proposal to the community of spending 15% of the ecosystem fund budget over the next year via a Community Treasury Committee is not enough to enable Shimmer’s full potential. But it is, of course, a reasonable approach for the community to begin their journey as a DAO and an entirely community-driven organization slowly, step by step.

We don’t propose to replace these great community-driven efforts. Instead, we suggest setting up a parallel stream that uses the existing TEA infrastructure and expertise of the IOTA Foundation’s professionals, our connections, and partners to expedite allocating the budget to grow the ecosystem more efficiently.

For that reason, in addition to allocating 15% of the budget via the Community Grant Committee, we want to allocate 50% of the budget alongside these fully community-driven efforts through the Shimmer Growth Committee. This ensures we will cover all possible growth opportunities and push Shimmer’s adoption forward.


The Shimmer Growth Committee

The committee will consist of 5 members, wherein three are voted in by the community and 2 are members of the IOTA Foundation (Christian Saur from the Touchpoint Team and Holger Webel from the Ecosystem Team). A community vote will select the Community members. For the selection, we follow the processes currently undergoing for the Community Grant committee member selection.

The community will initiate a Governance vote selecting 5 Committee members for their Shimmer Community Treasury Committee. One of the members will be chosen as the Lead and work in a full-time position for the Community Treasury to facilitate all activities of the Community Grant program. Four reviewers will be selected as part-time / freelanced committee members that will mainly review grant applications and decide on spending.

We propose that the selected Lead and the 2 Grant reviewer candidates with the highest vote count of this selection process will automatically become the three community delegates sent to sit in the Shimmer Groth Committee. They will therefore sign service provider contracts with the Tangle Ecosystem Association that include Non-Disclosure-Agreements. This ensures that the highest trusted community delegates will have access to the information and proposals in the growth committee and act in the community’s best interest. By working with the TEA professionals and getting insights into how this industry functions, they will earn valuable experience that will allow them to be more effective in the decisions taken by the Community Treasury Committee later on.

The Shimmer Growth Committee will actively identify high-impact growth proposals and engage in those opportunities with key players in the DLT space. The IOTA Foundation has a dedicated team of professionals with many years of experience who know the industry best. The IOTA Foundation will prepare specific proposals to use the funds committed to the Shimmer Funding Committee, and the committee will decide if we should take these measures.

Proposals and decisions of the Committee cannot always be made public due to contractual agreements that need to be held under NDA with some of these partners or for strategic reasons. Other activities can and will be shared publicly with the community. At the end of each quarter, there will be a transparency report highlighting where and how the budget was allocated. This report will be produced by the five committee members and will include details of all spending that can be disclosed. Spending decisions that fall under NDA may be summarized under general terminology (i.e., “Marketing activities”, et.)

The three community members elected into the committee will be involved in all those decisions but are not allowed to give out information that falls under an NDA.

Committee Setup Process

Firstly, we want the community to select three members who, together with two members from the Tangle Ecosystem Association, will form the “Shimmer Growth Committee”.

Secondly, we ask the community to allow us to send 90,681,025.5 SMR from the Community Treasury address smr1qrmakyqt5ezm5k9c0sk39gwfavpktxkjmx0jvh9ejxjq6pr6d39egv2mvuc to the Tangle Ecosystem Association and to empower the Shimmer Growth Committee to allocate this funding towards the growth of the ecosystem.

  • Every member of the committee will have one vote in every decision.
  • The majority decision (3 of 5 votes) decides on the approval or rejection of a proposal.
  • The Tangle Ecosystem Association and the Growth Committee itself will bring forward Proposals to the attention of the Growth Committee.
  • The Tangle Ecosystem Association has no voting or veto rights on the committee and its capital allocation.
  • The Growth committee will discuss all proposals in meetings within the committee.
  • Every committee member will sign contracts and NDA agreements with the Tangle Ecosystem Association.
  • Community delegates will be compensated for the work in the committee with an hourly rate of 50 USD paid in stablecoin.
  • The Growth committee will pay the compensation of the community delegates on an invoice basis from its budget.
  • We want this committee to last for at least 12 months from the point of receiving the funds. It can be extended by a governance vote.
  • We will redistribute any unused/leftover tokens to the Shimmer community Treasury at the end of this timeframe or aim for an extension through a governance vote.

Tangle Ecosystem Association Budget and use

The Tangle Ecosystem Association has received 10% of the SMR tokens as part of the Shimmer ecosystem fund. TEA, alongside the Shimmer Growth Committee and the Community Treasury Committee, will work on allocating its budget to the ecosystem over the coming months. While a large portion of the tokens will be reserved for the ongoing ecosystem support, partner onboarding, and team expenses, TEA will also start its own grant program and spend part of its own budget on marketing & growth-related expenses.

To provide a rough overview of the budget allocation of TEA:

  • Infrastructure and other partnerships (50%)
  • Grant Program (10%)
  • Incentive Program (20%)
  • Marketing & growth (20%)

TEA and its budget allocation differ from the Shimmer Growth Committee in that it will use its token allocation to directly onboard individual partners (e.g., service providers, crypto funds, or important individuals) by running a dedicated grant program or by funding development or research of universities or other research organizations. TEA will also partially fund community initiatives alongside the Growth Committee but with a lower priority than the previously mentioned allocations.


The Shimmer Growth Committee idea was born out of the need to establish an efficient and professionally managed growth strategy for Shimmer that uses all available opportunities to position Shimmer in the market and make it successful.
Without the Growth Committee and only the Shimmer Community Grant Committee in place, we cannot enable the full potential of Shimmer. The Community Grant Committee can do many good things through its community-driven and transparent processes. Still, the Growth committee can go far beyond these measures and become one of the critical factors for the growth and adoption of Shimmer in the market.
Having members of the Shimmer Community Grant Committee involved in the Growth Committee will also help them to see the big picture. With this knowledge and the experience they gain in working with the IOTA Foundation Team in the Growth Committee, they can make better decisions in the Community Grant process.

We are confident that the community supports this proposed setup, as already shown by the significant support for the initial proposal and the updated version, which has reached 83% and 87% support by voters in the recent discussion phase.


The following measures need to be taken:

  • The community decides on the five members of the Shimmer Community Treasury Committee in a Governance vote in Firefly - The application process is defined by the Community Governance Group and the initial selection process has started already
  • A final vote can happen as soon as Firefly Shimmer is ready to facilitate Governance votes.
  • The elected Committee Lead and the two top-voted reviewers sign contracts with TEA
  • Constitutional first Meeting of the Growth committee, where processes will be clarified, can take place

Vote Name, question and answers, and optionally additional information


  • Do you support the setup of the Shimmer Growth Committee as part of the Tangle Ecosystem Association?

Answer 1:

  • Yes, i support setting up the Shimmer Growth Committee

Answer 2:

  • No

Additional info:

Read the full Proposal [SGP - 0003] “Shimmer Growth Committee as part of the Tangle Ecosystem Association” in the Governance forum: link to the phase 2 proposal

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