Kava Rise: $750M Developer Incentive Program
The Kava DAO has voted to allocate $750M to on-chain developer incentives, committing majority ownership of the network to the #BUIDLers.
Update: The Kava Rise Developer Incentives program is live, following a successful Kava 10 Mainnet launch and activation of the #CosmosEVM. To read more about how to participate in Kava Rise, click here.
High-quality developers are the most valuable asset to the long-term success of Layer-1 blockchains. In recognition of this, Kava has implemented Kava Rise: a $750M incentive program designed specifically to continue onboarding the most innovative developers across the DeFi, GameFi, and NFT verticals to the Kava Network.
Kava Rise’s unique programmatic funding model will distribute 62.5% of all block rewards to developers building on the Kava Ethereum and Cosmos Co-Chains, making Kava the first truly builder-owned network.
You Build It, You Own It
Kava Rise is a first-of-its-kind programmatic, on-chain incentive mechanism that will bring top-tier developers and their users to the Kava Network by rewarding them with unprecedented levels of distributed ownership.
Developers are incentivized through the program to both onboard their projects and bring over a majority of their treasury rewards and users to the Kava Network in order to maximize their earnings.
The program is simple. The KAVA emitted by every block is allocated as follows: 62.5% to Developers, 37.5% to Stakers. No team. No strategic reserve. Everything goes to the #BUIDLers.
Rise and #BUIDL
The Kava Rise program will be initiated with the Kava 10 upgrade, which will launch both the Ethereum and Cosmos Co-Chains on mainnet and enable developers to deploy live versions of their Ethereum and Cosmos SDK-based dApps on the Kava Network.
The program will reward the top projects on Kava’s Ethereum and Cosmos Co-Chains with 200M KAVA over 4 years. Incentives will be awarded transparently on-chain based on usage.
At launch, the structure of the Rise program will focus primarily on driving adoption and growth for the new Ethereum Co-Chain. As the program goes on, it may be adjusted via Kava Governance vote.
To be eligible to receive DeFi incentives on either co-chain, protocols must simply:
- Register their protocol with DeFi Llama
- Be deployed on either the Kava Network Ethereum Co-Chain or Cosmos Co-Chain at the time of the monthly distribution
- Have a minimum TVL of US$10,000 at the time of distribution
All Kava Rise distributions will be determined by transparent criteria, approved by Kava Governance vote, and distributed on-chain to eligible protocols.
- The top 100 DeFi protocols will receive pro-rata reward distributions monthly based on usage.
- Usage will be calculated by the time-weighted total value locked (TVL) of the protocol as a share of the collective TVL of the top 100 protocols.
- Distributions will be sent to the official protocol address at the end of each month as liquid KAVA tokens.
- KAVA distributions are encouraged to be used as protocol incentives for users of the protocols on Kava, which should increase relative TVL and garner more KAVA rewards in the next cycle.
- TVL will be calculated by official measurements from Kava ecosystem partner and leading aggregator — DeFiLlama.com
Following the passage of Proposal #78, the Kava Network began minting additional KAVA, increasing minimum inflation from 20% to 100%.
This will remain in place for ~13 months, minting the full 200M KAVA required to fund the Rise program to the community pool. Once the program is fully funded, inflation rates will return to market-competitive levels.
The balance of the community pool is visible on the validators page of Minstscan and at this endpoint under the “ukava” denomination. The community pool can only be distributed via Kava Governance vote.
All additional KAVA minted during this inflationary period will go directly to developers through the Rise program. Within 4 years, this will mean that the majority of circulating Kava will have been distributed to the network’s most important assets — its builders.
The remainder of emissions will continue to go to validators and stakers in return for securing the network and powering consensus. None of the adjusted emissions will go to the team or strategic investors.
Kava believes that the true value of a blockchain is measured by the quality of the developers that build on it and the level to which it is decentralized.
This is why the Kava Rise program merges developer incentives with a revolutionary funding and distribution mechanism that is designed specifically to reward the world’s most innovative developers with meaningful ownership of the network that they build on.
Through the program, Kava will become progressively more decentralized as builders and value flow into the network, fully realizing the promise of blockchain technology to empower contributors and users in a way that has never been achieved before. #BUIDLerOwned
Kava (kava.io) is a secure, lightning-fast Layer-1 blockchain that combines the speed and scalability of Cosmos and the developer power of Ethereum in a single, developer-optimized network.
*$750M figure based on a 90-Day Moving Average KAVA price of ~$3.75 at time of writing.