Crypto, blockchain funding sees surge in Q3 2021, FTX is top beneficiary
Blockchain companies have attracted the highest levels of funding in 2021, as per figures by Blockdata. In 2020, the cumulative funding was estimated to be around $3.772 billion. However, Q3 more than surpassed the entire previous year’s total. The data suggested that the total disclosed funding for Q3 2021 was $6.586 billion.
It essentially makes the July-September quarter, the bumper period of fund raising with 339 rounds.
FTX managed to beat the beneficiary race with its $900 million funding earlier in July. The company is now reportedly valued at a whopping $18 billion. FTX is followed by businesses like Sorare, Genesis Digital Assets, Fireblocks, and BitPanda.
In the past weeks, several other blockchain companies raised funds. For example, Cobo raised $40 million in a Series B funding, Spellfire completed its seed funding round; CoinSwitch Kuber completed its series C funding round of $260 million and Easy Crypto also secured $17 million.
Dawn Fitzpatrick, CEO of Soros Fund Management had recently commented in an interview,
“I’m not sure bitcoin is only viewed as an inflation hedge. Here I think it’s crossed the chasm to the mainstream. Cryptocurrencies now have a market cap of over $2 trillion. There are 200 million users around the world, so I think this has gone mainstream.”
Among VC rounds in crypto, Coinbase Ventures is the most active investor which participated in 18 out of 336 rounds of funding. In the past, it has already invested in projects like Matic, BlockFi, Etherscan, CoinTracker, and Compound among others.
The list follows VCs like Animoca, Polychain Capital, Divergence, and Y Combinator as other top investment participants.
Additionally, venture arms of giant groups are now exploring crypto investments. In a public filing last month, Bain Capital Ventures, VC arm of BCG, had applied for the creation of BCV Crypto Fund I.
What is attracting the VCs?
“Our view is that there could be more opportunity than skeptics expect.”
In addition, crypto-based ETFs are in the works in the U.S. and can be expected by month-end.