The year 2021 witnessed the biggest volume of investments in the Web3.0 ecosystem. Venture Capital (VC) firms have enabled the upcoming innovations by their strategic partnerships. One of the rising names in the industry was Mapleblock Capital, a rapidly growing digital assets investments firm with roots and its teams in four different regions - India, Indonesia, the USA, and the Middle East.
The VC firm invested in over 40+ top-tier blockchain projects (Majorly infrastructure based) during the year 2021 with overall 120+ investments. Mapleblock Capital has followed a thesis-based investment strategy, creating a strong & diversified portfolio across most blockchains. Some of these themes were:
• Infrastructure Projects
• Metaverse, NFT & GameFi
1) Infrastructure Projects
Mapleblock Capital recently made strategic investments in projects like Safle & Router protocol. Safle aims at creating a multi-chain wallet that is capable of functioning across all Layer 1 and Layer 2 solutions. Router Protocol aims at building a universal cross-chain communication and asset transfer protocol thus solving the problem of liquidity fragmentation across many Layer 1 and Layer 2 solutions.
Founder of Mapleblock Capital via a different structure also invested in projects like Ankr, Marlin, Astar, Nayms, Parastate, Polkadot, Algorand, Elrond, Casper Labs, Saito, Sienna, AscendEx, Sifchain, Tokocrypto, SigmaDex, Crust Nodle, Powerloom, Pocket Network, DAOMaker, Polkafoundry, Oasis Network, Conflux and many more.
Chandan, Co-founder of Router Protocol said “We are thrilled that Mapleblock shares our vision of a cross-chain future and has joined us in our journey to build Router Protocol. We believe Mapleblock's expertise and connections in the DeFi space will be a significant value-add to our project”.
2) Metaverse & GameFi
Mapleblock Capital was also early on the rapidly growing Metaverse & GameFi ecosystem by adding Nitro League, Kawaii Islands, and Good Games Guild to its portfolio. The teams behind these projects brings deep experience from traditional gaming along with an in-depth understanding of Crypto Tokenomics and community building.
Mapleblock also partnered with Good Games Guild and Decentral Games to create a $15 Million fund for the expansion of Gaming, and the Metaverse ecosystem.
Founder of Mapleblock Capital via a different structure also invested in projects like Terra Virtua, Decentral Games, Coinburp, Faraland, Blockchain Cuties, Trace Network, etc.
Miles, Founder of Decentral Games said "It's been a pleasure to have Mapleblock on board as an early investor and active ecosystem participant. Mapleblock founder and rest of the team have a deep understanding of blockchain gaming economics that are key to establishing long term sustainability".
Vijay Pravin, founder of Bitscrunch said “With NFTs becoming a norm, bitsCrunch will help secure the NFT ecosystem using Artificial Intelligence. Mapleblock, is one of the best in class investors who brings in so much of value add, and make us feel like there is an extended team for bitsCrunch”
Wilsen, Co-founder of Good Games Guild said, “Mapleblock is an early investor who helped us a lot on P2E strategy and made right and fruitful connections that helped us grow and diversify. It's been a great journey with Mapleblock and we hope we can work with them for years to come”.
Founder of Faraland said “Maple Block has been a supportive and encouraging partner. As an experienced venture, they have provided us a lot of helpful advices.
Harry, founder of Metaprint and Bondly said “Metaverse is a exploding sector with create-to-earn opportunities. We are happy to have Mapleblock as strategic partner to support us with brand onbording, accelerating web3 adoption with Metaprints”
Mapleblock Capital also invested in PrimeX and DeFi Land in the DeFi space. Primex is an on-margin trading protocol to bridge the gap between traditional finance and DeFi by building a new truly decentralized and open trading infrastructure. DeFi Land is a DeFi asset management platform built under a layer of P2E farming game.
They also invested in projects like Reef, Tidal Finance, Knit Finance, Domination Finance, Equilibrium, Xend Finance, Rikkie Finance, etc. via different structures.
Dmitry, Co-founder of PrimeX Finance said “We are excited to have such great support from the world’s leading DeFi-focused investors like Mapleblock”.
Founder of DeFi Land said “MapleBlock helped us to find the right partners around all the different industries to make sure DeFi Land succeeds. They work very closely and continuously provides feedback and advise on the product”.
Denko, Founder of Reef Finance said “Mapleblock is our earliest and longest-term backer. They provide invaluable insight, guidance and network in the blockchain landscape”.
The team early identified DAOs as an emerging trend of the year 2021. Mapleblock invested in New Order DAO which incubates and accelerates DeFi projects across chains.
Eden Dhaliwal, Co-founder of New Order said, “Vijay is a very progressive Web3 investor who understands the impact of DAOs like New Order that are creating a new paradigm for venture. Through Mapleblock, his thoughtful guidance has been tremendously valuable for us on a number of fronts ranging from DAO governance to liquidity mining to partnerships”.
The firm has made several more undisclosed deals with some really exciting projects in the space. Mapleblock Capital is focused to build a strong brand and identity within the niche through its impressive portfolio and strong support to new entrepreneurs.
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