Kraken Ventures Raises $65 Million to Invest in Web3, Defi, Blockchain Startups and Protocols

Kraken Ventures Raises $65 Million to Invest in Web3, Defi, Blockchain Startups and Protocols

The independent investment fund led by Kraken alumni that’s focused on early-stage companies and protocols, Kraken Ventures, announced the successful closing of its first fund at $65 million. Presently, the fund holds positions in platforms like Hashflow, Pstake, Acala, Blockdaemon, Anchorage, and Messari.

Kraken Ventures Reveals $65 Million Fund I LP

There’s been an enormous amount of money directed toward funds that provide liquidity to early-stage crypto companies and blockchain protocols. Software startups have a plethora of funds to choose from if they develop concepts involving game finance (gamefi), play-to-earn (P2E) protocols, decentralized finance (defi), non-fungible tokens (NFTs), and other types of crypto and blockchain solutions.

For instance, Binance Smart Chain and Animoca Brands recently launched a $200 million crypto gaming incubation fund, and a recent Web3 fund was initiated by Solana Ventures, Forte, and Griffin Gaming. In mid-November, Kucoin Labs launched a $100 million metaverse fund and during the same week, Paradigm revealed a $2.5 billion venture fund.

On Friday, Kraken Ventures managing partner Brandon Gath announced the launch of the $65 million “Kraken Ventures Fund I LP.” The fund will seek initial investments in early-stage companies and protocols starting at $500K and up to $2 million.

The organization said that Fund I LP will power the “next wave of crypto and fintech innovation.” Specifically, Kraken Ventures mentioned consumer crypto protocols, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, financial infrastructure, Web3, and decentralized finance (defi).

“We’re extremely pleased to have successfully closed our first fund,” Gath said in a statement. “Our long-term view on investing, and the possibility to leverage Kraken’s experience in building a truly global, scalable platform, definitely contributed to the overwhelming interest we received from investors.” The Kraken Ventures executive added:

Our focus now is to put that money to work and help some of the most innovative projects and their exceptionally talented founders accelerate the development of their companies and protocols.

Kraken Ventures also revealed that it appointed Laurens De Poorter as the fund’s head of Europe. The new Europe lead is part of Kraken Ventures’ global expansion and De Poorter says the “European crypto scene is booming.”

“With the influx of institutional money and impending regulation wave, one of the most promising areas will be the intersection of crypto and fintech,” Kraken Ventures European lead added.

What do you think about Kraken Ventures raising $65 million for its Fund I LP dedicated to early-stage crypto companies and blockchain protocols? Let us know what you think about this subject in the comments section below.

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