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Blockchain VC Shima Capital debuts with $200M Web3 fund

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Shima Capital, a brand new enterprise agency centered on early-stage blockchain initiatives, has launched its debut fund to help rising digital asset corporations — and has obtained appreciable backing in doing so.

The Shima Capital Fund I raised a mixed $200 million from a number of high-profile crypto buyers, together with Dragonfly Capital, Animoca Manufacturers and OKX, the corporate introduced Wednesday. The fund is ready to deploy between $500,000 and $2 million in pre-seed funding for crypto- and blockchain-focused corporations on the intersection of shopper merchandise, decentralized infrastructure and futuristic blockchain know-how.

Specifically, Shima has recognized decentralized identification, decentralized social media, decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs), blockchain gaming, metaverse and decentralized finance (DeFi) as goal areas. On the blockchain infrastructure aspect, the fund additionally plans to spend money on layer-1 and layer-2 know-how, in addition to initiatives centered on safety and the event of zero-knowledge proofs.

Capital injected into early-stage corporations will go in the direction of hiring and retaining expertise, constructing communities, advertising and conducting technical analysis and growth, Shima stated.

Based in 2021 by crypto hedge fund investor Yida Gao, Shima Capital has recruited an govt workforce that features the previous head of DeFi at Ripple Labs, a former enterprise associate at Previous Trend Analysis and the previous head of expertise at Atomic VC.

Shima’s new enterprise fund demonstrates that VCs are nonetheless enticed by crypto and Web3’s worth proposition regardless of the continued bear market. The downtrend, which has been brutal even by crypto requirements, has flushed out overleveraged buyers, flawed stablecoin initiatives and centralized finance corporations that failed to keep up correct threat administration practices.

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Within the background, enterprise capital has continued to fund blockchain startups, particularly these with Web3 ambitions. In response to Cointelegraph Analysis, Web3 corporations accounted for 42% of crypto VC raises within the second quarter.