Zeneca_33 is a veteran NFT analyst, investor, and advisor in the rising world of web3, and ZenAcademy is his brainchild helping the masses to learn and grow in the space. In a sea of speculation, hype, and FOMO, ZenAcademy aims to be a beacon of solid crypto education.
The two major ZenAcademy NFTs – Genesis Token and the 333 Club Token – act as lifetime access to the academy, its different discord servers, and other special perks. So what is the ZenAcademy? What makes this NFT project so different from the others?
What Is ZenAcademy?
The ZenAcademy is quite simply the “one-stop-shop” for all things NFT education. Their core belief is that web3 can be a great tool to empower anyone in the world, anywhere in the world. The academy hopes to educate people with any level of crypto experience to learn, have fun, and grow together.
To quote the official website, “We are not an alpha group, we are not here to help you get rich quick, we don’t deal in hype tactics or fanciful speculation. We are here to help educate, inform, and spread information based on logic and facts. More than anything, we are here for you.”
The one thing that’s special about Zeneca’s NFT Academy is that there isn’t a stern roadmap. The Academy adapts and grows according to the ebbs and flows of the crypto world. Zeneca states that the no-roadmap plan is because the NFT space moves at hyper-speed. Accordingly, he believes that planning too far ahead would be akin to limiting the scope and value of the entire project.
Who Created The ZenAcademy? Who is Zeneca?
The creator of Zen Academy, Zeneca, is an NFT investor and content creator with a following of over 300k followers on twitter. Originally playing profession poker, the Australian, who’s real name is Roy, is now an NFT expert. Impressively, he built his collection of non-fungible tokens from 0 to about 3,000 pieces in less than a year. Famous for supporting artists and bringing the community together, Zeneca, now boasts experience helping web3 brands such as Blur.io. Furthermore, he also co-hosts a successful NFT related podcast called ‘Two Bored Apes’.
What are the Zen Academy NFTs all about?
In the interest of fairness, transparency, and open-sourced education, ZenAcademy is officially a free-to-learn platform. Each of Zeneca’s NFTs come with a lifetime membership to ZenAcademy, as well as access to each community’s Discord server.
There are multiple benefits divided between each of tiers of membership and each suit a different side of the NFT ecosystem. The two NFTs are the Genesis tokens and the 333 Club tokens. To explain, each token grants a different levels of access to the ZenAcademy.
ZenAcademy Genesis NFTs
ZenAcademy Genesis NFTs are a collection of 7.8k ERC-1155 tokens which had an original mint price of 0.033 ETH. Holders of the Genesis tokens can verify ownership in the official Discord. This token grants members full access to the server and other perks like giveaways, promotions, deals, or discounts through ZenAcademy.
Zeneca’s 333 Club
The 333 Club is the most prestigious NFT for ZenAcademy and each of the 333 tokens cost 3.33 ETH at mint. Holders of the 333 Club tokens avail of all of the perks that Genesis holders do. In addition to lifetime membership and access, 333 Club members also have token-gated access to a private discord server.
In short, this exclusive community includes web3 builders, creators, investors, traders, professionals, and NFT enthusiasts. The idea is to create a hub for those who value a friendly and focused environment to learn, help, and grow together. Furthermore, 333 Club members also have more access to Zeneca himself. In fact, members can book 1:1 meetings with the NFT twitter star to get personal advice on their plans and project strategies.
Roy created the 333 Club due to an overwhelming number of people requesting his advisory and consulting services. Knowing that he wouldn’t be able to play team member and official advisor for more than 2-3 projects at any given time, the club took a hybrid model.
ZenAcademy Discord Roles
In addition to the access granted by NFTs, there are also several Discord roles for non-holders. These grant different types of membership in the ZenAcademy Discord.
The “OG role” is reserved for early members of the ZenAcademy Discord. The role includes two extensions “Almost OG” and “The Lucky Few”. The role is given out to early members who do not own an NFT, but who are entitled to contribute to the community without needing to buy a token. The benefits largely mirror that of the Genesis membership. However, there are of course more benefits to the Genesis NFT holders that OG role members do not have. Moreover, no new OG roles will be allocated.
Friends Of ZA Role
This role is specifically given out to communities or community members of external communities that partner with ZenAcademy.
The Specialty discord role is an add-on ZenAcademy role. Assigned members do not gain any extra perks or access, but access to certain types of notifications.
A Free role member can navigate and view the entire ZenAcademy server, but will not be able to contribute or type. Furthermore, free members do not have access to any perks such as giveaways, promotions, deals, or discounts. The Free membership tier allows under-resourced users the means to view most of the content created on ZenAcademy and educate themselves. However, watch out, free memberships may not last for much longer.
How To Become A Member Of ZenAcademy
To gain access to become a member of ZenAcademy, you can either purchase a Genesis Token or a 333 Club Membership on marketplaces such as OpenSea or LooksRare. Genesis Tokens are currently going for a floor price of 0.617 ET, and a 333 Token has been listed at 8.4 ETH on OpenSea currently. Although, there are only 327 333 Club NFTs minted as of the time of writing. Besides this, other membership types can be accessed via gaining Discord roles as mentioned above.
Community Events: Zenmas, Meet ups and more
You may be wondering if there are any external events surrounding this huge academy. In fact, yes there are! Firstly, there are additional NFTs available to ZenAcademy members. For example, during the holiday season in 2021, ZenAcademy airdropped 12 free NFTs to members as part of the “12-days-of-Zenmas” event. The event was modeled after the 12 days of Christmas. ZenAcademy commissioned art from 12 up-and-coming NFT artists and airdropped their work to everyone who holds a ZenAcademy/333 Token. This empowering move was to support up-and-coming artists by commissioning their work. The “12 Days” initiative was also aimed at newcomers to the space. Zeneca then repeated this event in late 2022. According to Zeneca “The goal is to use our platform to elevate great art and artists, especially those that are struggling.” Furthermore, ZenAcademy also releases occasional POAPs (proof of attendance protocol) NFTs airdropped to attendees of certain events. These POAPs may also come with certain privileges and perks.
What is the ZenAcademy Scholarship Fund?
The ZenAcademy Scholarship Fund is designed to support up-and-coming artists and creators in the NFT space. The Scholarship is funded from across the various collaborations and partnership channels. The first of which is from Zeneca’s “How to Launch an NFT Project” course. Zeneca takes no revenue from the paid course and 25% of the proceeds are donated to support Ukraine. The remaining 75% goes into the fund. It is through this fund as well that the “12 Days of Zenmas” initiative in July 2022 (0.50 ETH for 12 up-and-coming artists) was funded (6.5 ETH for 13 artists).
ZenAcademy NFT Courses
ZenAcademy has partnered with various esteemed NFT and education projects since its inception. These partnerships allow ZenAcademy to reach new audiences across the globe and spread mass adoption of crypto/NFTs and allow people to truly understand the technology. One of the most prominent partnerships is the Zen Academy x Nas.io (Nas Academy) partnership. Nas.io is a major global educational platform that teaches creators how they can start, run, and scale their online communities. ZenAcademy is a top course on the platform with over 100,000 users.
Nas.io: Nas.io is a partner platform wherein Zeneca & ZenAcademy provide structured video courses to students. The paid courses, however, are 100% free for ZenAcademy Genesis NFT or 333 Club NFT holders. Some of the available courses are as below:
- How to Launch an NFT Project by Zeneca.
- How to Build an NFT Community by Zeneca.
- Mental Health and Staying Sane in Web3 by Zeneca.
- Intro to Crypto by Ben Yu.
There are tons more courses where that came from so do make sure you check out the rest on the official Nas.io ZenAcademy page.
For people who do not hold ZenAcademy Genesis or 333Club Tokens, there is an alternate way to gain access. This require users to have free access from an external community. Users will need to fill out a form asking for course access. The team will then get back to the request as time permits and guide users through the next steps.
ZenAcademy PFP NFT Project: A 4-Phase Vision
There is a 4-phase vision for ZenAcademy, namely: Upgrade, Onboard, Reveal, and Grow. In the current Upgrade phase, the current ERC-1155 standard is being converted/upgraded to a more widely accepted ERC-721 standard. The ERC-721 standard allows more flexibility to do more with Zen Academy NFTs. Zen Academy Genesis or 333 Token holders can upgrade their tokens to recieve a “ZenChest”. This chest is basically a digital PFP box/bundle. Later in the upgrade process, users will be able to burn this chest and reveal their PFPs!
Phase 1 officially begins today 🔮
Who’s ready to summon their ZenChest? pic.twitter.com/aaoOMcvNVx
— ZenAcademy 🔮 (@ZenAcademy_) November 30, 2022