In March, 180 projects raised $1,16 billion

Venture capital funding volume for crypto projects rose by 53% in a month

02.04.2024 - 15:25

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What’s new? In March, 180 crypto projects received venture funding, up 24% and 71,4% respectively compared to February and the same reporting period last year. According to analyst Colin Wu, these projects come from the categories of Web 3.0 (90 pieces), NFT gaming (24), decentralized (18), and centralized finance (5), as well as Layer 1 and Layer 2 networks (16), wallets and other tools (12), AI solutions (8) and real asset tokenization platforms (7). In total, they raised $1,16 billion, up 52,6% and 27,5% year-on-year between February this year and March last year.

Colin Wu’s report

What else is known? The largest round was Optimism Foundation, an NGO, raising $89 million by selling 19,51 million governance tokens of the Optimism (OP) blockchain to six private investors. The blocking period for these coins is two years, with holders being able to transfer them to unaffiliated third parties for management during that period.

Next is Zama, a crypto company specializing in blockchain and AI encryption technologies, which raised $73 million in a Series A round led by Multicoin Capital and Protocol Labs, with participation from Metaplanet, Blockchange Ventures, Vsquared Ventures, and Stake Capital. That said, its valuation remains unknown. Zama was also backed at launch by Juan Benet (founder of Filecoin), Anatoly Yakovenko (Solana), and Gavin Wood (Ethereum, Polkadot).

In February, the team of the Shiba Inu meme token implemented fully homomorphic encryption technology with the help of Zama.

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Decentralized Finance (DeFi)-focused blockchain Layer 1 (L1) Berachain has completed a funding round of more than $69 million led by Brevan Howard Digital and Framework Ventures. The project raised funds through token sales, reaching a valuation of $1,5 billion. In April 2023, Berachain raised $42 million from Polychain Capital, OKX Ventures, and others.

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The March protocol closes the top ten leaders io.net Based on Solana. It raised $30 million in a Series A round from Hack VC, M13, Delphi Digital, Solana Labs, Aptos Labs, Foresight Ventures, Longhash, SevenX, Animoca Brands, MH Ventures, and OKX. As well as Solana co-founder Anatoly Yakovenko and Aptos founders Mo Shaikh and Avery Ching. As a result, the project acquired the status of a unicorn with an estimated value of $1 billion. The funds raised will be used to create a decentralized network of graphics processors and implement AI solutions in the computing process.

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