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EkoLance Participation in the 2023 European Blockchain Convention

Updated: Mar 3, 2023

EkoLance participated in the 2023 European Blockchain Convention held in Barcelona. The event is the most influential blockchain event in Europe, with over 2500+ attendees and 200+ speakers across a variety of panels, keynote workshops, and fire-side chats on the current state of the Web3 space. It provided an opportunity for attendees to network and collaborate with many top blockchain companies that were present. The trade fair space was about 2,000 square meters and attendees had the opportunity to explore and learn about the latest products and services offered by numerous companies. As a participant, EkoLance had the opportunity to connect with startups, investors, developers, and corporations that are changing the world.

Image of EkoLance team members participating in the 2023 European Blockchain Convention in Barcelona.
EkoLance team members at the EBC23 event in Barcelona

The Status of Web3 Talent Acquisition

During the European Blockchain Convention, EkoLance spoke to over 50 web3 companies to gain insight into the state of the blockchain industry and the evolving landscape of talent acquisition. What we discovered from their current hiring practices and HR requirements is that despite the current bear market, companies are still actively recruiting for both full-time and freelance positions. The most in-demand job roles are developers, sales and business development executives, compliance specialists, marketers, and social media experts.

However, we found out that the recruitment process for blockchain companies differs significantly from that of Web2 companies. The following are the key takeaways from our conversation with Web3 companies at the event:

  • Companies are looking for candidates who understand the use cases of blockchain and their specific products and services.

  • Web3 companies prefer to hire someone who has worked on a well-known project and comes recommended by that company.

  • The entire Web3 space is still small and companies value reputation and experience a lot.

In the coming weeks, EkoLance will be announcing partnerships with many of these companies, providing them with recruitment services that match their unique needs.

Panel Discussion

During the 2023 European Blockchain Convention, Maria Eneva-Olms, the CEO of EkoLance, participated in a panel session with Susanne Fromm, Matus Steis, and David Wigger to discuss the crypto winter and the options for startups. The key takeaway from the discussion was that the ongoing crypto winter will weed out unsustainable web3 businesses and only the ones that solve real problems will survive. Investors are also paying close attention to the social impact Web3 companies are making, beyond just financial returns. Investors are particularly interested in two key areas — ReFi and social impact.

Maria highlighted EkoLance’s commitment to financial inclusion. EkoLance facilitates financial inclusion by offering education and training programs to help professionals from emerging countries secure jobs and get paid in stablecoins. Stablecoins are particularly important in this context, as they provide a reliable method of payment that isn't subject to the same volatility as traditional cryptocurrencies, or fiat currencies in developing currencies.

“As the Web3 industry expands, there is a growing demand for financial inclusion and new approaches to job creation. EkoLance is utilizing the promises of blockchain for good by enabling education and financial access to individuals in emerging countries.”— Maria Eneva-Olms, CEO of EkoLance

Over the past 9 months, we have trained over 2000+ blockchain professionals in blockchain content creation, community management, and solidity development, with 25% being hired immediately. So far, we have welcomed over 250+ solidity developers, 700+ content creators, and 550+ community managers to our talent pool. This year, we want to impact 50,000 lives and add more in-demand Web3 training courses to the existing ones.

Maria also shared the options available to startups during the crypto winter. She advised that blockchain companies should focus on building sustainable businesses that solve real-life problems, rather than chasing quick financial profits. Doing this will help startups attract the attention of investors looking for long-term partnerships with businesses that align with their values.

How EkoLance is Revolutionizing Talent Acquisition in Web3

Emmanuel Tope Ogunsakin on the main stage of EBC2023

Emmanuel Tope Ogunsakin, our community growth manager, pitched EkoLance at the main stage of the European Blockchain Convention. He spoke about how the demand for skilled professionals in the Web3 space keeps increasing and getting the right talent can be a significant challenge for blockchain companies. He went further to say that many Web3 companies struggle to execute their projects due to a shortage of qualified professionals, and this affects the industry’s growth. He further explained how Ekolance is solving this problem by training individuals in emerging countries in various in-demand blockchain professions.

“EkoLance helps blockchain companies to unlock a wealth of untapped talent who are well-trained by industry experts. This gives companies a competitive edge in the market and helps them build capable team members that execute projects seamlessly.”— Emmanuel Tope Ogunsakin, Community Growth Manager of EkoLance

Emmanuel concluded this session by sharing that our talent pool comprises professionals from different continents ranging from Africa to Southeast Asia and our mission remains to build a more inclusive and sustainable Web3 ecosystem.


The European Blockchain Convention was a valuable opportunity for Ekolance to connect with other industry leaders, gain insights into the latest trends and innovations, and showcase its role as a key player in the web3 space. The event highlighted the importance of building a sustainable web3 ecosystem, and we are committed to driving this vision forward.

Through our innovative approach to talent recruitment and development, we are poised to help bridge the talent gap in the web3 industry and support the growth of sustainable blockchain businesses.

Overall, the European Blockchain Convention was a great success for Ekolance and a testament to our commitment to keeping driving financial inclusion and social impact in the web3 space. We look forward to building more partnerships with blockchain companies and launching more in-demand training programs for Web3 professionals.

For partnerships, sponsorships, and inquiries about our training programs and recruitment services for web3 brands, reach out to us via email here

To read more about EkoLance's expansion to the Turkish blockchain market, click here.

About EkoLance

EkoLance is a skill-training and recruitment company that equips you with the knowledge and skills needed to meet the specific requirements of your preferred career in the blockchain industry. In addition to providing skill training, we partner with global tech companies in finding and hiring qualified candidates from our talent pool.

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