Nervos Foundation, the Chinese organization behind one of the country’s leading blockchain, launched a $50m fund with CMB International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Merchants Bank.
The new fund, dubbed InNervation, will make early and growth-stage investments in startups building user-facing products based on blockchain technology.
InNervation’s investment focus will include decentralized applications (dApps), decentralized finance (DeFi) protocols, distributed ledger platforms, non-fungible token (NFT) marketplaces, and more.
As an early adopter of blockchain technology, CMBI has been exploring the use of decentralized applications with Nervos since 2019. CMBI was also an early investor in Nervos. This latest collaboration between CMBI and Nervos aims to expand the Nervos ecosystem through strategic investments.
CMBI is backing the fund as a strategic partner to help bolster the Nervos ecosystem and will play an active role in the fund’s investment decisions. The fund will be co-managed by Nervos and CMBI and make investments globally with a focus on real-world applications.
The $50 million fund will be deployed over a three-year period, with startups receiving initial investments between $200,000 and $2,000,000 to support their project’s growth on Nervos and in the greater blockchain ecosystem. As part of its investment thesis, the fund will seek to make investments in projects and startups that have plans to integrate the Nervos blockchain into their long-term product roadmap.
To take advantage of the wealth of opportunities in the blockchain space, funded startups will have access to Nervos’ suite of Layer 2 tools that have previously been in development and are now ready for use, including a decentralized exchange (DEX), an EVM-compatible layer called Polyjuice that enables developers to seamlessly port their existing Ethereum dApps to CKB, and a permissionless rollup framework, Godwoken. Force Bridge, a cross-chain bridge announced in Q4 2020, is expected to extend cross-chain support for Bitcoin, Tron, EOS, and Polkadot by the end of Q2 2021.
The Nervos Network is a collection of protocols and public blockchain ecosystem aiming to solve the biggest challenges facing blockchains like Bitcoin and Ethereum today. The Nervos Common Knowledge Base (CKB) is the layer 1, proof of work, public permissionless blockchain protocol of the Nervos Network. It allows any crypto-asset to be stored with the security, immutability, and permissionless nature of Bitcoin while enabling smart contracts and layer 2 scaling. Its crypto-economic model is designed to better align the interests of users, developers, and miners as compared to first-generation blockchains.
Incorporated in Hong Kong, CMB International is a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Merchants Bank for providing financial services to global, local institutional and corporate clients as well as individual investors.