Cardano Developer IOHK Launches $20M Fund for Ecosystem Startups

The cFund will invest anywhere between $250,000 and $500,000 into startups and small businesses using Cardano or IOHK tech initiatives.

Jul 3, 2020 at 10:09 a.m. UTC
Updated Sep 14, 2021 at 8:59 a.m. UTC

Cardano developer house IOHK has set up a $20 million "cFund" alongside Los Angeles-based Wave Financial.

  • The fund has a broad remit to invest in startups and early-stage businesses that use Cardano and other IOHK tech initiatives – such as enterprise blockchain ATALA.
  • Commits will range between $250,000 and $500,000 for either equity or token stakes.
  • The cFund is a 50/50 venture: IOHK has already put in the "anchor" $10 million, and Wave plans to raise the other half from external investors.
  • Nathan Kaiser, IOHK's general counsel, will become cFund's chief investment officer.
  • An IOHK spokesperson said cFund did not overlap with EMURGO – Cardano's commercial arm – which has also supported new ventures.
  • California-regulated Wave Financial tokenized a year's supply of Kentucky Bourbon whiskey was worth $20 million earlier this year.
  • Both sides had been in talks for many months but the fund's launch was delayed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Both Hong Kong-based IOHK and Wave declined to comment on whether the fund had already started selecting projects for investment.

Edit (10:30 UTC): This article previously indicated Wave Financial was based in Canada. It is, in fact, based in Los Angeles and London.

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