[Proposal] RAZ Finance: integrated impact and financial data management

Part 1 - Proposal Submission (*Mandatory)
Name of Project: RAZ Finance: integrated impact and financial data management

Which category best describes your project?

Build / improve applications or integrations to Ocean

Which Fundamental Metric best describes your project? Pick one.

Datatoken Contracts

Proposal in one sentence:

RAZ simplifies ESG and investment data management while making the influence of impact on financial performance transparent and verified

Description of the project and what problem is it solving:
The platform manages impact, ESG and financial assessments, impact investment and capital allocation alongside revenue to report on:

Integrated Impact and Financial Data
For Investors
Reporting in accordance with governance, impact measurement and management best practices for investors who value purpose-driven opportunities.

Due diligence timeframes become more efficient. Third-party impact verification and due diligence facilitated by blockchain solutions and smart contracts.

Challenges:

Investors have limited liquidity in fast-moving private markets driven by increasingly conscious consumer demand.
ESG-related financial performance data is largely limited to public capital markets.
Many investors are challenged by limited vetted, investable and impact-verified opportunities.
Consumers are offered limited access to verified company and product data. Publicly available impact data and reports are not readily searchable and indexed for the purpose of product and company ranking and differentiation.
Standardization of ESG and impact metrics has not yet taken place in order to allow for clear and transparent ranking of investment opportunities, companies, and products.

Our Solution:

An integrated process: from ESG, impact and financial assessments, impact and business development metrics, to financial and impact data inputs. Impact and financial reporting is brought together seamlessly through a single platform and dashboard.
Data verification, indexing and ranking is facilitated by the platform.
Integration of blockchain-enabled transactions and smart contracts with stakeholder-verified positive impact.
APIs facilitate industry-specific implementation
Platform licensing to institutional investors, impact investment funds, sovereign wealth funds, banks, family offices, investment advisors, commodity, mercantile and securities trading platforms, retailers, purpose-driven enterprises at any stage of growth.

What is the final product?:

The RAZ Finance Software as a Service digital platform that allows companies to input data related to how they allocate investment capital, realize impact and ESG outcomes, and how their decision making influences their revenue and financial return. In addition to being an SaaS company, RAZ intends to tokenize datasets and drive liquidity and incremental growth in token value based on data collected over time, allowing for decreased investment due diligence timeframes, increased opportunities for capital to be raised and investors to exit from impact investments.

The platform experience facilitates:

Data Inputs and Document Upload
A platform user who manages a company’s data can take a document or report, for example a spreadsheet that was sent to an investor about how capital was allocated, enter it onto the platform, the document is verified by a specialist, and the time associated with the document is entered onto a blockchain ledger.

Verification
If a company compiles ESG or impact data about its own performance, or that of its partners, affiliates, beneficiaries or overall stakeholders, those action points and reports are recorded by RAZ and verified by the team.

Integrated Reporting
A fund manager or investor licenses the platform in order for the companies, tech solutions, farms, and impact-driven initiatives they have invested into to be able to utilize RAZ to track and manage data while integrating their reporting.

Grant Deliverables:

Integration of the OCEAN Protocol as part of RAZ Finance platform business development and investor presentations. Channelling of investment capital raised to the integration of RAZ as an SaaS platform with OCEAN as a datatoken and DEX platform.

Data collected from early adopters: 3-5 impact investment funds and 8-10 mission-driven companies

Verified impact and financial datasets linked to Ocean ERC20 datatokens

Access to data provided to RAZ Finance network members:
Roshem Impact - As a Certified B Corporation, their work supports the growth and development of regenerative businesses that create solutions to the world’s greatest challenges.
Roshem Media - Communications strategy, solutions, web design, web development and search engine optimization (SEO). Measurable social and financial impact beyond financial return.
Ramprate - a global advisory firm that has served enterprises looking to reduce cost, risk, time, and the carbon footprint of their IT supply chains for 20+ years.
Syzygy Impact - the impact technology branch of Ramprate that has launched initiatives, with a focus on how corporate decisions impact our world, for companies looking for an enlightened, socially responsible approach to business.
The Jerusalem Green Fund - that promotes environmental, social, and economic sustainability in and around Jerusalem.
The Aegir Impact Association - that connects impact organizations with dedicated individuals while creating a network to scale social and environmental impact.
Cusp - Based in Tasmania, Cusp produces the first certified plantation hardwood Cross-Laminated Timber in the world.
CMore - a mission-driven company that supports international organizations, companies and NGOs in reaching their objectives related to positive impact and sustainability. Their team provides Environment, Social and Governance policy and program consulting, training, impact and sustainability measurement, management, assessment and reporting.
GCA - a company specialized in finding public affairs and strategic communications solutions. Their team supports organizations and companies in making a positive impact on their employees, customers, communities, and other stakeholders. GCA provides services relating to leadership, diversity, as well as happiness and wellbeing in the workplace, at school and other institutional contexts. The firm’s additional focus areas include CSR and impact investing, initiatives, policy development, and strategic partnerships.
SHEFA - a marketplace that matches impact-verified products and their journeys, representing people, purpose and planet, to conscious individuals throughout the world. Our team is dedicated to climate action by working to achieve carbon neutrality, green power solutions, sustainable development and climate action through regenerative agriculture.

Funding Requested: 32,000

If your proposal is voted to receive a OceanDAO Grant, how would the proposal contribute a value greater than the grant amount back to the Ocean Ecosystem (best expressed as “Expected ROI”)?

RAZ Finance is expected to raise $1,000,000 at its initial funding round and $2M to $7M at its Seed Round from a network of impact investors and mission-driven partners. The Ocean grant would facilitate the early-stage integration of Ocean solutions and datatokens as part of the development process, and as such RAZ would mint and purchase further tokens, while bringing new members of the RAZ Finance ecosystem to Ocean. RAZ is expected to grow to being adopted by 30-50+ investment funds and 500-700 companies by the fourth quarter of business development, and to adoption by 200+ asset managers and 1500+ companies by 2023. As such, Ocean would gain exposure to impact investment fund managers, institutional investment managers, individual investors, companies receiving investment, and corporates as the go-to solution for dataset tokenization and trading. RAZ aims to become a “best practice” platform for integrated impact and financial data integration

Proposal Wallet Address: 0xf8388c804061d08b757BAef8d9bB5f9eF8BA90D1

Team Website (if applicable): https://razfinance.net

Project lead Contact Email: miriam@roshem.com

Twitter Handle (if applicable): @razfintech

Country of Residence: Serbia

Have you previously received an OceanDAO Grant (Y/N)? No

How does this project drive value to the “fundamental metric” (listed above) and the overall Ocean ecosystem? This is best expressed as Expected ROI, details here.

Data as a New Asset Class: Tokenization and Decentralized Finance

While the RAZ software platform collects data and associates verification events to a blockchain ledger,

token issuance amplifies the potential of integrated impact and financial data by incentivizing:

Investors, Asset Managers and Companies
Impact and Financial Data Verifiers
Proof of Stake Processes
to transform their data inputs over time into digital assets through two pathways:

Data Utility Tokens

Data Security Tokens

The staking of securitized data leads to monetization, trade and liquidity opportunities. Investors can diversify their portfolios. Companies can trade digital assets via smart contracts to increase access to capital and facilitate more efficient investor exits. The fungibility of RAZ-minted tokens would allow investors to participate in the gains.
to participate in the process of verifying claims through the RAZ platform. Verification experts can be rewarded with:

ERC20 datatokens

Cryptocurrency

By staking their data-linked tokens, RAZ Network members and Verifiers can benefit from:

OCEAN by Ocean Protocol - on datasets
stakers receive guaranteed swap fees from subsequent staking, unstaking and data purchase activities that happen in their staked data pools.

*Part 2 - Proposal Details (Recommended)
Project Deliverables - Category:
IF: Build / improve applications or integration to Ocean, then:

App will be live, at: Network: https://razfinance.net (url or app store)
Platform: https://razfinance.io

Is your software open-source? No

If the project includes software:

Are there any mockups or designs to date? Yes, at https://razfinance.net
An overview of the technology stack? The RAZ dashboard is developed to collect financial data related to capital deployment, Environment, Social and Governance, impact and sustainability initiative data, customized in accordance with a client’s industry and operational scope.

Functionality:

A client logs in to the platform, selects and customizes Impact Themes while setting goals and milestones.

Progress according to Impact Themes is tracked through Initiatives that compile action steps and financial data.

Documentation is attached to financial, impact, ESG and sustainability claims and indicators.

Data Collection

Impact

Environment, Social and Governance

Impact Metrics

Sustainability

Finance

Investment Strategy and Priorities

Capital Deployment and Allocation

Revenue

Campaigns
Data publication events and stakeholder engagement campaigns are recorded by date and duration.
Verification
Verifiable Claims (VCs - verifiable credentials) are associated to Decentralized Identifiers (DIDs)
Stakeholder groups are onboarded by individual companies and investors on a project-basis. Goals and milestones are set to achieve certification and tokenization.
Impact and financial data is reviewed and verified based on:
financial statements and verification by beneficiaries, employees and individual stakeholders, while being compared to campaign and publication timelines.
Campaign data is compared to impact data, public-facing information is reviewed.

If the project includes community engagement:

Running the campaign on social media for how many weeks? Continuously for the duration of RAZ Platform development - starting at the first year, 56 weeks.
Other?
Project Deliverables - Roadmap
Any prior work completed thus far? The RAZ Finance Network - connecting impact investors, corporate teams, professionals from the fields of impact finance and sustainable development, as well as entrepreneurs, with: One another, resources and webinars. Impact measurement and management support. Investable regenerative businesses focused on impact technology, agriculture and wellness. Stakeholders across the global sustainable business landscape.

What is the project roadmap? That is: what are key milestones, and the target date for each milestone.
Addition of 10 further network partners to https://razfinance.net by September 2021
Confirmation of 3-5 early adopter investment funds and 5-10 companies managing data via the RAZ Network by September 2021
Engagement of stakeholders as part of impact-financial data working groups on https://razfinance.net - 30 active members by August 2021
Capital raised for MVP platform development - $200,000 by August 2021 and a further $200,000 by December 2021
Proof of Concept platform delivered and data integrated - by December 2021
Minimum Viable Product Platform delivered and data integrated - by March 2021
Impact and financial data linked to OCEAN datatokens - from 30 members, 5 investment funds and 10 or more companies by March 2021
Publication of the project’s roadmap and value proposition, data management process to https://razfinance.net, LinkedIn, Medium and international financial media outlets.

Upon the achievement of specific goals and milestones, data is tokenized to facilitate:

Increased Investment Liquidity
Marketplace Opportunities
Financial Disruption
By tokenizing data
from the onset of investment capital being deployed to impact-driven initiatives
to financial performance and returns inclusive of Decentralized Finance
investment due diligence timeframes become more efficient and create opportunities for increased liquidity events.

Tokens issued are connected to integrated impact and financial data via verifiable credentials. The trade of RAZ tokens facilitates impact investment through smart contracts backed by verified, integrated impact and financial data over time.
RAZ tokens can be associated to:

Company securities and smart contracts to facilitate investment
Products to increase trade transparency

As a result, two categories of marketplaces can be created:

Digital securities trading for verified impact and ESG-driven investment
Retail, wholesale and commodity trading of products linked to tokenized data.
The global financial sector is quickly adopting blockchain and decentralized finance technology.

For banks and institutional investors

Utilization of the RAZ dashboard and pathway to tokenization can:
reduce transaction cost in the financial sector
build trust
decrease the risk and hesitancy associated with impact and ESG investment decisions.

Please include the milestone: publish an article/tutorial explaining your project as part of the grant (eg medium, etc). Articles and tutorials related to the RAZ Finance impact-financial integration process and how it is connected to Ocean will be published on LinkedIn and on https://razfinance.net as well as on Medium, and promoted to media outlets globally.
Please include the team’s future plans and intentions.

Data as a New Asset Class: Tokenization and Decentralized Finance

While the RAZ software platform collects data and associates verification events to a blockchain ledger,

token issuance amplifies the potential of integrated impact and financial data by incentivizing:

Investors, Asset Managers and Companies
Impact and Financial Data Verifiers
Proof of Stake Processes
to transform their data inputs over time into digital assets through three pathways:

Data Utility Tokens such as ERC20 datatokens

Data Security Tokens

NFTs - Non-Fungible Tokens

Data tokenization leads to monetization, trade and liquidity opportunities. Investors can diversify their portfolios. Companies can trade digital assets via smart contracts to increase access to capital and facilitate more efficient investor exits. The fungibility of RAZ-minted tokens would allow investors to participate in the gains. NFTs would facilitate dataset trading.
to participate in the process of verifying claims through the RAZ platform

Verification experts can be rewarded with cryptocurrency such as OCEAN

RAZ aims to mint tokens and issue coins as the platform grows and develops

DeFi rewards verifiers and ensures they benefit from analyzing data quickly, providing actionable insights, and affecting impact and financial outcomes as they are unfolding.
By staking their data-linked tokens, RAZ Network members and Verifiers can benefit from:

OCEAN by Ocean Protocol - on datasets
stakers receive guaranteed swap fees from subsequent staking, unstaking and data purchase activities that happen in their staked data pools.

Staking RAZ-minted tokens on POS platforms can provide token holders with upside from increases.
Blockchain and Impact

RAZ impact, financial and campaign-level data collection and verification events are recorded on the blockchain and mapped for correlation across specific timelines.

Upon the achievement of specific goals and milestones, data is tokenized to facilitate:

Increased Investment Liquidity
Opportunities
Financial Disruption
By tokenizing data
from the onset of investment capital being deployed to impact-driven initiatives
to financial performance and returns
investment due diligence timeframes become more efficient and create opportunities for liquidity events.

Tokens issued are connected to integrated impact and financial data via verifiable credentials. The trade of RAZ-minted tokens facilitates impact investment through smart contracts backed by verified, integrated impact and financial data over time.
RAZ tokens can be associated with:

Datasets that reduce risk while tracking integrated impact and financial outcomes
Company securities and smart contracts to facilitate investment

As a result, two categories of trading opportunities can be created:

Data trading that facilitates risk management and efficient due diligence
Digital securities trading that facilitates increased inflows of capital to verified impact and ESG-driven investment opportunities
The global financial sector is quickly adopting blockchain and decentralized finance technology.

For banks and institutional investors

Utilization of the RAZ dashboard and pathway to tokenization can:
reduce transaction cost in the financial sector
build trust
decrease the risk and hesitancy associated with impact and ESG investment decisions.

Any maintenance? Ongoing platform maintenance and development based on further rounds of capital investment - total of $450,000 to be invested into information technology between 2021-2022, with a $2M to $7M capital raise in 2023, of which a minimum of 40% would be channeled to information technology.

Foreseen or possible additions?
Software Features

Data Collection
Impact

Environment, Social and Governance

Impact Metrics

Sustainability

Finance

Capital Deployment and Allocation

Revenue

Campaigns

Data publication events and stakeholder engagement campaigns are recorded by date and duration.

Digital Identifiers

Verifiable Claims (VCs - verifiable credentials) are associated to Decentralized Identifiers (DIDs) - Linked data encoded as JSON-LD
Verification
Data is reviewed and verified. Goals and milestones are set to achieve certification and tokenization.
Data is reviewed and verified based on financial statements, compared to impact data and campaigns. Reports are attached.
Campaign data is compared to impact data, public-facing information is reviewed.
Tokenization of verified data

Mapping of the correlation between impact, finance and campaigns over time.

Team members
For each team member, give their name, role and background such as the following.
Miriam Davidovic - CEO and Co-Founder
Miriam is the Founder of Roshem Impact, a Certified B Corporation that provides information technology and marketing solutions to companies that are committed to realizing verifiable, positive, social and environmental impact. She leads the development of impact data, verification, certification and impact-financial integration for RAZ Finance. Her leadership expertise spans across the USA, Canada, and Israel as related to impact finance, intellectual property, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, due diligence, Environment, Social and Governance policy and practice.

Raphael Bitterman - VP of Business Development and Co-Founder
Raphael is a licensed attorney in Israel with 20 years of Intellectual Property law experience. He worked across the diamond and jewelry industry for 19 years developing market access opportunities through technology, while driving sales and operating diamond tenders. He manages business development and partnerships at RAZ Finance with a focus on opportunities across the landscape of impact and ESG investing, blockchain, impact tech, agricultural tech, sustainable and regenerative business.

Margaret Mondlane - Environment, Social and Governance Verification Expert
Margaret has over 20 years experience in environmental, social, governance (ESG), and project management consulting for private, public, and international clients for a multitude of industries.She has been a Benefit Officer and Impact Consultant with Roshem Impact since February 2020. She advises on ESG for clients and Corporate Social Responsibility Reporting and compliance. Her most recent academic achievements include a Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility from the University of Colorado and Leeds Business School. She has a B.S. degree in Natural Resources Management from Colorado State University and a Master’s degree in Environmental Management from the University of Cape Town.

Advisors
Advisors

Carolina Almeida Cruz | Founder of CMore | Business and Human Rights Expert
Carolina started the impact-focused stage of her career at the ILO - International Labor Organization with regards to ending Human Trafficking and furthering Women’s Rights. In 2012, she co-founded the Sapana nonprofit organization in Portugal. In 2020, she founded the CMore ESG strategy consultancy. Carolina studied Psychology at the ISPA, Financials and Stewardship for Nonprofits at Harvard, Entrepreneurship, Social Impact and Innovation at the United Nations University for Peace, and Business Sustainability Management at Cambridge University. She received the Women Economic Forum “Iconic Women Creating a Better World” Award from the World Economic Forum in March 2019, and in 2021, was recognized as one of Portugal’s top three Women in Tech.

Joshua Boles | CEO of Neo Flow Asset Management
As the CEO of Neo Flow, Joshua leads a multi-disciplinary investment management company focused on Digital Assets, Decentralized Finance, and Web 3.0 blockchain projects. The firm’s relationships and blended investment approach have led to early access to the most advanced Digital Asset protocols and next-generation technology. His career history has included being a Senior Investment Advisor, Executive Director, Chief of Staff and Business Development leader working with federal clients and the Department of Defense. He has managed a Single Family Office for 10 years, with approximately 4,000 multifamily units in five US states including a portfolio of investments across the venture capital and private equity space.

Saul Singer | Business Strategist at Roshem Impact
Senior executive with a background of developing wholesale trading platforms and services in the commodities sector with particular prevalence in the global diamond industry. 18 years experience in business strategy, financial advisory and development as well as 5 years in financial advisory and management consulting at leading firms across Australia and Israel.

Aziz Mulay-Shah | Managing Director at GCA - Global Communications Agency
After 16 years in the diplomatic sector, including having served as the Deputy Ambassador of Canada to the UAE, Aziz founded several initiatives and companies to deliver policy development and strategy solutions. He is focused on leading strategies for sustainable development, impact investment, community engagement, wellbeing, and stakeholder engagement. Aziz develops plans, policies, responses and actions that enable organizations and institutions to be bold, quick and responsive in the face of opportunities.

Additional Information
Any additional information, custom fields, or images you would like to add? For example: Any grants or fundraising to date? Information deck: https://razfinance.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/RAZ-Finance-Pitch-Deck-June-2021-Without-Advisors.pdf

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You’re requesting 32k OCEAN from the oceanDAO but also you’re stating that:

and

A few questions:

  • Can you comment on why do you bother to raise a “meager” 32k OCEAN (13k EUR), when by August (just 23 days) you’re anyways expecting to raise significant value?
  • In case they exist, do you have any supporting documents/link that attest the following statements:

Thanks

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@RAZFinTech Raz Financial please add 500 OCEAN to a defined wallet address.

  • you need to add a wallet address to your proposal and add 500 Ocean to it.

https://github.com/oceanprotocol/oceandao/wiki/project-criteria see criteria #3.

Thank you.

The reasoning for our grant request is deeply interconnected with the RAZ development process:

  1. We have launched working groups with our partners to start collecting data on ESG and impact alongside capital deployment, prior to revenue. We want to create datasets and mint ERC20 datatokens, list on the Ocean Market, and show partners and investors how to purchase the datasets we are a part of creating with OCEAN to substantiate to our early adopters how the process would work. Integrating data tokenization at this early stage prior to building our SaaS platform would show potential future partners and investors how Ocean works in practice, and increase confidence in our blockchain integration plans. Further, it would set a baseline standard to have future datasets traded via the Ocean Market and purchased with OCEAN. This would be a crucial part of how we utilize the grant.
  2. The second, and most significant step in our process is to answer, “How do you incentivize ESG, impact and financial experts to review, analyze and verify data?”. An OCEAN grant would allow us to reward/pay verifiers in OCEAN, and bring in top ranking experts through the elements of incentivization: 2.1. That their OCEAN will increase in value over time, and that they also have the option to stake their OCEAN. Both of these elements are more promising than traditional fee-for-service consulting models, as projects take time to lead to financial reward, whereas by RAZ rewarding more numerous verification events more quickly with OCEAN, provides a way for verifiers to decrease their time invested into their work, while benefitting from incremental increases in OCEAN value. The second element is that verifiers would also be able to purchase the datasets that they are a part of verifying with the OCEAN they receive as part of their work, and this creates additional incentivization for them to participate as verifiers. Both pathways would provide us with a way to incentivize verifiers at the very early stages of our project, prior to having a SaaS platform for wider release.
  3. Although we intend to confirm our initial $200,000 raise in August, the actual deployment of that capital would depend on the duration of due diligence processes with individual investors and funds, and additional requirements we may have to meet. Part of this process would involve improving our Business Requirements Document and MVP roadmap. By conducting steps 1 and 2 above quickly and efficiently through an OCEAN grant, we aim to speed up the due diligence timeframe, increase investor trust, and provide proof of the data verification and tokenization process prior to deploying investor capital. In essence, this effectively makes the RAZ business development process the first example of how our team will make due diligence more efficient through the verification and tokenization of integrated impact and financial data. By being “our own case study” we aim to secure competitive advantage and prove to our investors why the Ocean Protocol is the foundation of how we intend to merge SaaS data collection with DeFi. With an OCEAN grant, we would be able to prove to investors who want to see how blockchain integrates with impact, ESG and financial investor data that our approach is actionable quickly, cost effective, and a practical solution to challenges related to investment risk management.
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Our current member companies are publicized here: https://razfinance.net/network-members/
We also just added B & R Bouwgroep https://benrbouwgroep.be/ and Encon https://www.encon.be/en in Belgium - alongside two of their team members and Cusp from Australia: https://cusp.com.au/ - making our member base a total of 15 companies. We aim to get to 30 individual members of the online network based on the fact that each of these companies are onboarding a minimum of two team members.

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Makes sense. Thanks for clarifying.

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@AlexN the Wallet Address has been added as per the proposal template

You convinced me and got my support. I am crossing fingers for the project and send my best regards, Kai

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@kaimeinke Thank you for your support. We’re dedicated to this project and our team is giving our best selves to see RAZ lead a financial evolution. You’re welcome to join us within the RAZ Network community. Regardless of the outcome of this voting round, we want to collaborate with OceanDAO in meaningful ways and start tokenizing the impact-financial data we collect from our project. All the best to you and your projects as well!