Venom Foundation launches $1bn web3 fund from Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi, UAE

The Venom Foundation, an Abu Dhabi-based blockchain platform, and investment manager Iceberg Capital have unveiled a $1 billion venture fund to invest in web3 and blockchain projects.

The Venom Ventures Fund (VVF) plans to invest in pre-seed to Series A funding rounds with projects focused on decentralised finance (DeFi), payments, asset management, and blockchain gaming.

Venom Foundation is a layer-1 blockchain solution with a focus on “serving the needs of the Middle...

Helium raises £147m for its blockchain-based telecoms network

Helium

Helium, a decentralised telecommunications network, has raised $200 million (£147m) in a Series D funding round at a $1.2 billion (£881m) valuation, according to Axios.

The Helium network is a globally distributed network of hotspots that provide public, long-range wireless coverage for Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Running a hotspot rewards the owner with HNT, the native cryptocurrency of the Helium blockchain.

Major venture capital firms such as Tiger Global and...

Avalanche rakes in £167m of funding led by Polychain

Avalanche

Avalanche, a proof-of-stake and smart-contract enabled cryptocurrency, has received £167 million in funding through a private sale led by Polychain and Three Arrows Capital.

R/Crypto Fund, Dragonfly and CMS Holdings also invested substantially by buying up the company’s native AVAX token.

Avalanche is an ultra-fast and eco-friendly blockchain protocol with a growing ecosystem of decentralised finance (DeFi) products.

Avalanche has experienced monumental...

Blockchain start-ups see record Q2 despite crypto plunge

Plant growing from coins

Blockchain start-ups worldwide raised a record £3.2 billion in funding during Q2 2021, in spite of the significant decline the cryptocurrency market has been experiencing since mid-April.

This data, collected by analytics firm CB Insights in its 'State of Fintech' report, represents a 50% increase over last quarter and a ninefold increase compared to the same time last year.

The global fintech industry also reached new heights in this quarter, with £22.4 billion being...

European startups ready to capitalise on enterprise blockchain opportunity, says new report

The European blockchain startup market is catching up to its North American equivalent, with startups surveyed looking to raise €350 million (£314.9m) in the next 18 months, according to a new report.

The study, from Anglo-French venture capital firm LeadBlock Partners, aims to put a positive spin on the industry illustrated with more than 20 interviews and more than 9,000 datapoints.

A foreword from LeadBlock management Jean-Marc Puel, David Chreng-Messembourg and...