One of the UK's top finance regulators is expanding its regulatory 'sandbox' to include more blockchain startups.
Last November, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) revealed that it was including nine such startups in its program, which aims to offer a test environment for new financial products. In the second iteration of the sandbox initiative, the FCA is adding a total of 24 startups, nine of which are blockchain-related.
The nine blockchain companies are BlockEx, Disberse, Nivaura, Nuggets, OKLink, Oraclize, Paylinko, Sabstone and ZipZap. Out of that group, Nivaura took part in the previous round.
Many of the startups are using the the tech to automate data transmission, financial asset transaction, and cross-border payments, among other applications. The FCA said it received a total of 77 submissions.
The application window for the third stage of the initiative is open until 31st July, with those accepted expected to begin in November.
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