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Biconomy Raises $9M to Make Building Dapps Easier for Developers

Coinbase Ventures and Huobi Innovation Labs were among the investors.

Jul 28, 2021 at 1:10 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 14, 2021 at 1:32 p.m. UTC

Web 3.0 can be complicated for newcomers to the crypto sector; blockchain transaction platform Biconomy is trying to change that.

Biconomy announced Wednesday that it has raised $9 million in a funding round led by Mechanism Capital, with participation from Coinbase Ventures, Huobi Innovation Labs, CoinFund and other crypto investment firms. 

The platform’s blockchain-agnostic network, which includes software development kits (SDKs) and application programming interfaces (APIs), is designed to help developers build decentralized apps (dapps) that are simpler and more user friendly. 

According to Biconomy CEO Ahmed Al-Balaghi, the steps required to interact with dapps – creating a crypto wallet, purchasing and transferring tokens, and managing gas fees – is enough to put off many first-timers. 

Biconomy’s goal, Al-Balaghi says, is to make dapps more user friendly by removing the “friction points” that end users find frustrating, which in turn increases user retention and helps bring new users into the decentralized finance (DeFi) ecosystem.  

Since its launch in 2019, Biconomy has processed more than 3.6 million transactions and currently has more than 200 dapp integrations in the pipeline. Al-Balaghi said Biconomy has seen three major categories arise in its dapp portfolio, including decentralized finance (DeFi), gaming and non-fungible token (NFT) applications. 

Biconomy will use some of the funds to decentralize its relayer network, including preparing for the launch of its native token, BICO.

Al-Balaghi told CoinDesk that the BICO token will be both a staking and governance token. A public sale is planned for the fourth quarter.

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