The Solana NFT Showdown

The Solana NFT Showdown

Fostering the next generation of NFT brands

Prepare for a showdown of epic proportions! The Solana Foundation is calling all creators to bring their business ideas to life in this one-of-a-kind NFT pitch competition – a rare opportunity to have the chance to collaborate with industry experts and NFT community leaders. We’re seeking new Solana NFT brands that aim to create real-world products in verticals such as fashion, entertainment, gaming, creative agencies.

NFT brands are a great way for savvy entrepreneurs to kickstart their business plans and build lasting communities. Do you have a creative concept and business pitch you’re passionate about? Take advantage of this chance to access and leverage a variety of new Solana tools that provide flexibility and scale. Project winners will be selected based on their viable business plans and the product innovation they showcase – working with judges who will provide guidance to give you the knowledge you need to turn your vision into a reality.

It’s time to make this a pitch fit for the boardroom. Drop your email below to stay in-the-know on updates and timing. The submission window will be open in early June. Get started on those pitches and good luck!

For complete pitch guidelines, see the FAQs below.

With support from:

DaaOkay BearsBackpackMagic EdenFrictionless Capital


The Solana NFT Showdown is designed to encourage aspiring NFT community creators to focus on product innovation and sound business pitches, ultimately strengthening the quality of new projects in the creator ecosystem.

Pitches should be submitted between June 5th and June 9th. The submission window will close at 11:59 pm PST on June 9th.

Your pitch should include:

  • Your target audience.
  • Problems to be solved with your utility or product(s).
  • Your business model and go-to-market strategy, which will detail your vision for launch and the real-world application of your product(s) and/or utility.
  • Your short and long-term community engagement and retention plans.
  • A high level mock-up of your collection’s art concept.
  • Bonus: How Solana NFT technologies, like state compression, trait swaps, xNFTs and more will be used to supercharge your project.

To submit your project pitch, put together a document in PDF format and submit it on the website when the submission window opens on June 5th.

The competition is open to all business-minded creators who are interested in launching an NFT brand, with a focus on providing real-world products and solutions across various verticals. No existing projects will be accepted at this time.

Projects will be evaluated on their business acumen, user-centric product thinking, creative direction and lore, innovative use of Solana tech, and real-world application.

Yes, the winning projects will receive various forms of support to help propel the viability of their business plan forward – including mentorship, office hours with the Solana team and workshops with industry experts and NFT community leaders. They will also be eligible to receive Creator tickets to Solana’s Breakpoint event scheduled from Oct. 30 - Nov. 3, 2023.

Winners of the NFT Showdown will have the unique opportunity to work with Solana Foundation team and industry mentors on refining their business plans. It is important to note that being selected as a winner means that you have a promising pitch idea and we are giving you an opportunity to work with individuals with industry know-how to take it to the next level. It does not mean the Solana Foundation is endorsing your company or blessing your mint.

Below you will find some resources for you to consider as you think through the utility and functionality of your PFP collection.

Compressed NFTs: A new technology to store data directly on-chain that cuts down on cost by magnitudes of scale. Mint millions of NFTs for just a few hundred dollars.

Programmable pNFTs: A new NFT standard empowers creators to enable royalty enforcement by specifying which programs can transfer their NFTs.

Executable xNFTs: This is a standard for developing tokenized code representing ownership rights over its execution.

Trait Swapping: Trait swapping enables holders to trade and collect traits on their NFT in a controlled, composable, and fee-gated environment that produces reliable new revenue streams for NFT brands. There are 2 providers for trait swapping, Metaplex Fusion and Raindrop Boots.

Metaplex Creator Studio: This platform makes it easy to create, sell, and manage Solana NFTs without writing a single line of code.

Crossmint: This platform provides a suite of APIs and tools that help you create, distribute, sell and custody NFTs for your users.

Holaplex: This platform gives NFT creators a set of APIs to quickly and easily launch NFT campaigns, mint digital collectibles, run loyalty programs, and more.

Elixir CreatorX: A self-service NFT creation & distribution platform, designed to help NFT founders manage their entire project.

Phase Protocol: An escrow program that distributes funding acquired by NFT teams based on phases and milestones, to provide greater transparency and accountability of NFT projects for buyers, founders, and others.

SOLANA Foundation NFT Showdown Official Rules


The Solana NFT Showdown is a competition where projects will be evaluated by judges on their business acumen, user-centric product thinking, creative direction and lore, innovative use of Solana technology, and real-world application without consideration of legal viability. All participants must comply with applicable laws and regulations in connection with their projects for the NFT Showdown.

The developer resources that Solana Foundation (“SF”) provides are for educational and inspirational purposes only. SF does not encourage, induce or sanction the deployment of any such applications in violation of applicable laws or regulations. SF does not encourage, induce or sanction the deployment, integration or use of any such applications (including the code comprising the Solana blockchain protocol) in violation of applicable laws or regulations and hereby prohibits any such deployment, integration or use. This includes use of any such applications by the reader (a) in violation of export control or sanctions laws of the United States or any other applicable jurisdiction, (b) if the reader is located in or ordinarily resides in a country or territory subject to comprehensive sanctions administered by the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), (c) if the reader is or is working on behalf of a Specially Designated National (SDN) or is a person subject to similar blocking or denied party prohibitions, or (d) in violation of the Commodities and Exchange Act.