Grant application - DeFi Interface

Grant Title:

CowSwap Hook DeFi interface



About You:

Octave: Valha co-founder. Actuary, Former TradFi guy (catastrophe modelling and ILS analyst at AXA IM). Started Valha in September 2022.
Thomas: Valha co-founder. In crypto since 2020 and worked on several POCs (including a transaction simulator chrome extension called Ratl and a Yield Aggregator Dashboard called CompAPY) before working full time on Valha since September 2022.

Additional Links:

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Grant Category:

User interface and user experience (UI/UX)

Grant Description:

Valha is developing APIs and smart contract to simplify the integration of DeFi protocols in any interface.
We think that CoWSwap Hooks have the potential to allow users to access DeFi in a simpler way by bundling complex transactions together.

We offer to help develop a web interface (the “Interface” ) to allows users to access yield opportunities in any DeFi vertical (staking, lending, yield aggregators, rwa) in one centralized place.


We think that developing an Interface is needed for three major reasons:

  • User stickiness: It is hard to capture long-term attention from DeFi users. There is no platform offering an extensive and aggregated experience for DeFi users on both analytics and interactions.
  • Better UX for users: Thanks to CoW Hooks combined with Valha API, we can perform multiple actions (zap-ins, zap-outs, position rebalancing, claim multiple rewards, claim and swap) in only 1 transaction.
  • Awareness of Hooks capabilities: With this Interface, we want to showcase the major UX improvement that Hooks offer and that the technology is already safe and available for all to build on top.

Grant Goals and Impact:

The Interface north-star metrics is volume amount in $.

Lido’s (resp. Aave V2) OKX integration represents an annualised volume of $50M (resp. $80M). OKX DEX annual volume is $1.8B. Aave and Lido integrations stands for 7% of OKX DEX volume.

Given that Cowswap generates $12B volume per year, we can expect $840M (=7%*12B) yearly volume for all DeFi (as Lido and Aave v2 approximately accounts for 33% of total DeFi TVL).

Based on OKX trend, we think we can reach:

  • 6 weeks after validation: $10M generated: 10% of theoretical OKX volume (10*(52/6) / 840)
  • 12 weeks after validation: $50M generated: 26% of theoretical OKX volume (50*(52/12) / 840)
  • 24 weeks after validation: $300M generated: 78% of theoretical OKX volume (300*(52/24) / 840)


As Hooks are only live on mainnet yet, we should focus on a curated list of DeFi vertical at first: liquid staking, overcollaterized lending and bridge liquidity.

  • Milestone 1. v0 Interface with the 3 main liquid staking protocols, 3 lending protocols (Aave, Compound, Flux Finance) and 2 Bridge protocols (Stargate, Across) live.
    Interactions features: zap-in, zap-out Analytics features: 7d_apr, 30d_apr, lifetime-rewards, user-balance.
    ETA: 4 weeks after proposal validation
  • Milestone 2. 10 new protocols among liquid staking, lending, bridges and yield aggregators.
    ETA: 6 weeks after proposal validation
  • Milestone 3: Add claim and swap in one-click to claim rewards in the token of your choice.
    ETA: 8 weeks after proposal validation.

Afterwards: Protocols added weekly based on user demands and CoWSwap readiness to open new chains.

Funding Request:

We are requesting funding of $3,000 and a maximum of 420,000 COW tokens for successful completion and deployment of the Interface.

We ask for $2,000 on the completion of Milestone 1 (4 weeks after the validation of the proposal) and $1,000 upon Milestone 2 & 3 (8 weeks after validation proposal).

We also request to be included for the Volume-based Partner Reward Program.

Other support

In order to attract users, we would need some support on:

  • Co-marketing (through articles, podcasts). We should raise awareness about the Hooks possibilities and how we leverage them through the Interface.

Budget Breakdown:

The funds will cover labor costs and related development expenses.

Gnosis Chain Address (to receive the grant):


Terms and Conditions:

By submitting this grant application, I acknowledge and agree to be bound by the CoW DAO Participation Agreement and the CoW Grant Terms and Conditions.

Happy to collect your feedbacks and answer your technical and non-technical questions regarding what we look to achieve with the ‘Interface’.


Why sometimes is better to stake directly rather than swapping?

  1. Access to insightful analytics that you do not get on Swap interface: lifetime_rewards, current and historical APY.
  2. Less/No slippage: no need to maintain liquidity pools to ensure parity on primary markets
  3. Similar to lower gas fees

→ It is possible to offer an optimisation route in the Interface to select swap/direct deposit depending on secondary vs. primary total action cost.

Design Ideas:

Screenshots link

Hi! Thanks for your grant proposal. This looks great!

A couple of nits around the language to ensure that there is no ambiguity.

In this section I am assuming that the 420K COW tokens is related to the Volume-based Partner Reward Program from CoWDAO Grants. If this is correct, I would change the wording to remove the explicit mention of the 420K COW Tokens, and make the statement of requesting $3K broken up as you already have ($2K after completion of Milestone 1, and $1K after completion of Milestones 2 and 3) and your request to be included for the Volume-based Partner Reward Program.

I’d also slightly modify the “Milestones” section, that when you give the list, break these down as indexed milestones (like I did in the previous paragraph), and just put an ETA after them. This way we can be clear about which milestones that we are discussing and the milestones themselves don’t have conditions within :smiley:

I’m very keen to see this go into action and am signalling my support, nits above withstanding.

Additionally, with regards to this, I’d strongly encourage the technical team to be present in #tech-talk on the CoW Protocol discord so that technical questions can be answered in a more timely fashion, and this technical knowledge can be made available for others to build from!


Hi @mfw78,

Thank you for your kind words and suggestions.

I am editing the proposal to adjust it according to your suggestions.
We are both here in the CoW Swap Discord (octavionotpunk, tcheee42) and are available to answer any of your technical questions.

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