From last week’s statistics (11 projects in total), Web3 infrastructure projects (4) were the main direction of funding, while DeFi (3), NFT (1), Metaverse (1), and Game (1) projects also continued to have low funding numbers. CGV summarizes a week’s worth of noteworthy investment and funding information for the crypto market, as follows for January 16, 2023 to January 22, 2023 in the global crypto market.
1. Cypher | Raised $4.3 million｜Led by Y Combinator
On January 19, Cypher, a multi-chain Web3 wallet, announced the completion of a $4.3 million funding round led by Y Combinator with participation from OrangeDAO, Samsung Next and others.
Link to original article: https://www.theblock.co/post/203711/y-combinator-multichain-wallet-cypher?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social
2. Nil Foundation | Raised $22 million｜Led by Polychain Capital
On January 19, Nil Foundation, a developer of ZK technology, announced a $22 million funding round at a valuation of $220 million, led by Polychain Capital with participation from IOSG Ventures, Blockchain Capital, Starkware, and Mina Protocol.
Link to original article: https://www.theblock.co/post/203411/zk-tech-developer-nil-foundation-raises-22-million-at-a-220-million-valuation?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social
3. Koinos Group | Raised $500,000｜Led by Blockchain Founders Fund
On January 20th, Koinos Group, a developer of the public chain Koinos, closed a $500,000 seed round led by Blockchain Founders Fund with participation from Splinterlands.
Link to original article: https://www.finsmes.com/2023/01/koinos-group-raises-500k-in-seed-funding.html
4. Jeff | Pre-A round of financing｜Joycity and others participated in the project
On January 20, Jeff, a subsidiary of Korean payment company Danal’s Meta Universe, closed a Pre-A round of funding with participation from Singapore VC Xponential Ventures and gaming company Joycity for an undisclosed amount.
Link to original article: https://www.coindeskkorea.com/news/articleView.html?idxno=82994
5. Davos | Pre-seed round raises $500,000｜Polygon Ventures participates
On January 18, DeFi startup Davos announced the closing of a $500,000 pre-seed round with participation from Polygon Ventures and Polygon co-founder Sandeep Nailwal.
Link to original article: https://yourstory.com/the-decrypting-story/defi-startup-davos-funding-sandeep-nailwal-polygon
6. Elixir | Seed round funding of $2.1 million｜FalconX and others participated in the project
On January 17, Elixir, a DeFi protocol, closed a $2.1 million seed round with participation from FalconX, Commonwealth, OP Crypto, ChapterOne and others.
Link to original article: https://www.theblock.co/post/202510/falconx-bitmex-founder-hayes-invest-in-market-maker-elixir-amid-dearth-of-providers
7. Diva | Seed round funding of $3.5 million｜Led by A&T Capital
On January 17, Diva, a decentralized liquidity pledge protocol, closed a $3.5 million seed round led by A&T Capital with participation from Gnosis, Bankless, OKX Blockdream Ventures, Metaweb, DCV Capital, Alphemy Capital and others.
Link to original article: https://www.theblock.co/post/202690/diva-closes-3-5-million-seed-round-for-distributed-liquid-staking-protocol
8. Intella X | Raised $12 million｜Animoca Brands and others participated in the project
On January 18, Intella X, a Web3 gaming platform, announced the completion of a $12 million funding round with participation from Polygon, Animoca Brands, Magic Eden, Planetarium, Big Brain Holdings, Crit Ventures, JoyCity, Pearl Abyss, XL Games, Wemix, and Global Coin Research.
Link to original article: https://www.theblock.co/post/202995/polygon-backed-web3-gaming-platform-intella-x-raises-12-million-ahead-of-q1-launch
9. Candy Digital | Series A1 financing of $38.5 million｜Led by Galaxy Digital
On January 20, Candy Digital, a sports NFT company, closed its Series A1 funding round earlier this year for $38,449,997 led by Galaxy Digital and ConsenSys Mesh, with participation from 10T Holdings and ConsenSys, among others. Candy Digital will use the funding to continue to expand its platform and build new partnerships with other brands and organizations.
Link to original article: https://www.coindesk.com/business/2023/01/19/sports-nft-firm-candy-digital-raised-over-38m-amid-founder-strife/?utm_source=twitter&utm_content=editorial&utm_medium=social&utm_term=organic&utm_campaign=coindesk_main
10. Plai Labs | Seed funding round of $32 million｜Led by a16z
On January 20, Web3 social platform Plai Labs closed a $32 million seed round of funding led by a16z, with no other investors disclosed at this time.
Link to original article: https://www.coindesk.com/web3/2023/01/19/tech-veteran-backed-web3-social-platform-plai-labs-raises-32m-in-seed-round/?utm_campaign=coindesk_main&utm_medium=social&utm_term=organic&utm_content=editorial&utm_source=twitter
11. Createra | Series A financing of $10 million｜Led by a16z
On January 16, Createra, a metaverse project, closed a $10 million Series A round of funding led by a16z, which is dedicated to building a metaverse platform centered on Generation Z.
Link to original article: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/createra-raises-10-million-led-230731410.html?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cudGhlYmxvY2tiZWF0cy5pbmZvLw&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAKEn5bDbcxeqxq-UrTHadhEJvv7wjTb3OEITxD4Tafj65RjRDCbsg1nfjoGrjW1DJ8STi3xgJmcLt-hKeLrWZuGMv51orSsOtFhZYRawUEVTW8AdCiqA6e6ftRxauHxyEQukR2g3y7_nzoCoO_I_CI5EUJHG-i2rOrlrTsl_4m42
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