DeFi Hub Nibiru Chain Valued at $100M After $8.5M Seed Funding Round

The startup will launch its mainnet and stablecoin this summer.

AccessTimeIconApr 4, 2023 at 3:57 p.m. UTC
Updated May 9, 2023 at 4:11 a.m. UTC

Decentralized finance (DeFi) hub Nibiru Chain has closed an $8.5 million seed funding round at a $100 million valuation that was co-led by Tribe Capital, Republic Capital, NGC Ventures and Original Capital. The capital will help build out the tech stack, team and community.

Nibiru raised the funds over an extended period starting last July, meaning a portion of the capital was raised before the collapse of centralized exchange FTX caused additional turbulence for the bear market. The startup plans to start raising for a Series A round later this year and is targeting a $200 million to $250 million valuation.

What Nibiru offers

DeFi has historically been dominated by crypto-savvy power users, while new traders have turned to the easier user experience offered by centralized exchanges. Nibiru – with a technology stack of smart contract applications driven by automation – wants to offer the user-friendliness of a centralized exchange without the off-chain settlements, discretionary custodying of funds or external liquidators. Nibiru products are similar to those of fractional reserve stablecoin Frax, decentralized exchange and automated market maker (AMM) Curve and decentralized perpetual exchange GMX.

Nibiru’s initial solutions include the Nibi-Perps derivatives platform that supports leveraged trading on a wide range of Cosmos assets, the Nibi-Swap automated liquidity protocol for spot trading and the Nibiru Oracle Module, where validator nodes act as oracles connecting blockchains to external data sources.

The Nibiru blockchain will launch on mainnet this summer, following a public incentivized testnet where a number of applications already went live.

Other participating investors in the round included HashKey Capital, SaxeCap, Beco Capital, Alves Ventures, VC3 DAO, CapitalX, Cerulean, Cogitent, Picks & Shovels, Lecca, Imperator, Helikon, Basis Set, Broadhaven, TokenMetrics, MeteorCap, Acacia Digital, and Cosmostation.

CORRECTION (UTC 19:14): Corrects testnet to mainnet in sub-head and removes both a co-founder quote and stablecoin details for clarity.

Edited by Stephen Alpher.


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