Central Bank Veteran's Blockchain 'E-Money' Startup Raises $2 Million

ConsenSys has joined a $2 million funding round for a blockchain startup led by a former chairman of the Central Bank of Iceland.

AccessTimeIconJan 11, 2019 at 12:05 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 13, 2021 at 8:47 a.m. UTC

Ethereum development studio ConsenSys has participated in a $2 million seed funding round for Iceland-based blockchain startup Monerium, the firm announced Friday.

The round was led by early-stage venture capital firm Crowberry Capital and included participation from private investment firm Hof Holdings, both also based in Iceland.

Founded in 2016, Monerium is a fintech startup led by, among others, Jon Helgi Egilsson, former chairman of the Central Bank of Iceland. The firm is developing a solution for transacting fiat currencies over blockchains, what it calls "e-money." The seed funding will be used to accelerate development of its services.

Monerium ultimately aims to issue "asset-backed, redeemable and regulated e-money" over blockchains once it becomes a licensed institution, saying its products would make blockchains "more relevant and useful" to financial institutions and enterprises.

While not yet licensed within the EU, its application is in progress, according to the announcement.

Monerium CEO Sveinn Valfells said:

“Becoming a licensed financial institution is the next key step for Monerium in order to assume full responsibility for and control over the complete range of functions required to issue e-money on blockchains: asset management, compliance, risk management, and product development.”

Andrew Keys, co-founder of ConsenSys Capital, added that his firm is “dedicated to supporting companies building the infrastructure needed for a more decentralized and self-sovereign future.”

Back in November, ConsenSys led a $2.1 million seed round for AZTEC, a startup working to make ethereum transactions private and thereby encourage financial institutions to use the second-largest blockchain.

A month prior, it was the sole investor in a $6.5 million fundraise for DrumG Technologies, a blockchain startup formed by R3 former head of business development Tim Grant.

Featured image courtesy of Monerium (from left: Igor Lilic, ConsenSys; Joseph Lubin, ConsenSys; Jón Helgi Egilsson, Monerium)

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