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Supercritical raises $13m Series A led by Lightspeed Venture Partners to supercharge scaling of carbon removal in face of massive capacity shortfall

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  • Supercritical, today responsible for 35% of corporate carbon removal purchases and counts two of the world’s top 20 CDR buyers among its customers
  • Carbon removal market today at 0.01% of capacity IPCC says will be needed by 2050; Supercritical is supporting urgent accelerated scaling of CDR technologies
  • The funding, the second Supercritical raise to feature a gender-balanced cap table, will be used to fuel new chapter of growth

LONDON, June 22, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Supercritical, the vetted carbon removal marketplace helping businesses reach net zero, today announces it has raised $13m in Series A funding, led by Lightspeed Venture Partners. The round includes funding from RTP Global, Greencode Ventures, MMC Ventures and others. Supercritical aims to accelerate the urgent scaling of carbon removal technologies by aggregating business demand and innovating with new purchase models. It will use the funding to grow its team, expand its product offering, and acquire additional customers.

Corporates want to reduce their carbon emissions, but most businesses will never be able to achieve full net zero purely through decarbonisation efforts and require carbon removal to do so. Unlike traditional emissions avoidance offsets that, until today, were the focus of sustainability programs, Supercritical’s marketplace allows corporations to purchase fully qualified carbon removal credits, as set out in the industry standard Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), that allow them to reach net zero.

However, CDR capacity is nowhere near the level it needs to be. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) found that to keep global average temperature rises below 1.5C, CDR at scale will be essential. Across the whole of 2022, around 600,000 tonnes of CDR were purchased – less than 0.01% of the 10 gigatonnes the IPCC says will need to be available annually by 2050.

The CDR market is rapidly evolving: at the beginning of 2020, just 237 tonnes of CDR offsets had been sold in total, while earlier this year individual companies made million tonne CDR purchases for the first time. However, growth needs to accelerate even more rapidly in the years ahead to avoid climate calamity.

Supercritical is at the vanguard of efforts to urgently scale the CDR market. It is the only marketplace focusing on high-quality, vetted, durable CDR projects. These include engineered solutions such as biochar, direct air capture (DAC) and enhanced weathering in addition to nature-based solutions such as afforestation. All CDR projects on the marketplace must pass through Supercritical’s vetting process, with only 6% making the cut.

By aggregating demand from corporate buyers, Supercritical is acting as a market maker, helping CDR projects scale. It is also spearheading innovative new purchase agreements to jump-start accelerated CDR capacity growth. In May, Supercritical brokered a long-term offtake agreement for biochar provider Carbo Culture, enabling the pre-purchase of thousands of tonnes of biochar and allowing Carbo Culture to develop C1, a new facility that converts carbon-containing biomass into biochar at a commercial scale for the first time. 

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For businesses, Supercritical measures, reduces and, using these CDR methods, removes carbon emissions, helping businesses to reach net zero. Supercritical is already one of the world’s largest carbon removal marketplaces, with 35% of corporate purchases taking place through the platform and two of the world’s top 20 CDR buyers buying through the platform. Supercritical works with some of the most ambitious businesses when it comes to carbon commitments, including leading business banking platform Tide, who working with Supercritical, this year became the first fintech to remove 100% of their emissions; and leading algorithmic trading firm XTX Markets who, in partnership with Supercritical, have become one of the top 10 purchasers of CDR globally. Other notable customers include Veriff, Multiverse and IMC.

Looking forward, Supercritical plans to accelerate hiring, evolve its product offering to continue supporting the CDR market’s scaling, and acquire additional customers. The round will be the second raise conducted by Supercritical with a gender-balanced cap table.

Commenting, Co-founder and CEO Michelle You, said:

“Carbon removal – in parallel with aggressive decarbonization – is required to stay below 1.5C of warming and avoid the worst effects of climate change. We’re proud to work with businesses that are taking a leading role in building sustainability programs that center around both reducing emissions and removing with durable carbon removal, the only type of offset that counts towards net zero. As the only marketplace exclusively focusing on high quality carbon removal, it’s our mission to act as a trusted partner to businesses serious about net zero.

Since our launch two years ago, we’ve been astonished by the rapid growth in demand for our portfolio of durable carbon removal offsets. With this funding, we are excited to enter a new chapter and play a meaningful role as a market maker for promising carbon removal projects, aggregating demand to support them as they scale. 

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We have a vanishingly tiny window to start the acceleration curve towards the 10 billion tonne annual CDR capacity required by 2050, and we are proud to play an early market leading role in helping this industry scale.”

Commenting, Paul Murphy, Partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners said:

“Supercritical is doing something unique. By focusing exclusively on carbon removal offsets, they are helping businesses invest in the places that will actually deliver climate impact while they work in parallel to decarbonise. By aggregating demand, including through innovative future-proofing models, they are providing the resources that CDR projects need to scale in time. 

Net zero is simply unattainable for the vast majority of corporations without a robust, quality carbon removal platform like Supercritical. We are so pleased to be part of their journey.”

About Supercritical
Supercritical is a vetted carbon removal marketplace that helps businesses achieve net zero. Founded in London, its technology makes it easy for companies to understand their climate impact and purchase high-quality carbon removal offsets to reduce it.
Already, 35% of the world’s carbon removal customers use Supercritical to purchase carbon removal offsets. The company has two customers in the top 20 buyers of carbon removal worldwide, and recently helped Tide become the first fintech in the world to remove 100% of its emissions.
Supercritical is backed by Lightspeed Venture Partners, GreenCode Ventures, MMC Ventures. It has been previously backed by LocalGlobe and angel investors including Peter Reinhardt (Twilio Segment and Charm Industrial), Yancey Strickler (Kickstarter), Alice Bentinck (Entrepreneur First), Gustaf Alströmer (Y Combinator) and Evelyn Bourke (Bupa).
Its founders are repeat technology entrepreneurs who started the company as a way to build a better future for their children. www.gosupercritical.com
Images of the Supercritical co-founders are available to download here.

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MALAYSIAN FOUNDERS BRING WEB3 TO MALAYSIAN SHORES WITH MALAYSIAN BLOCKCHAIN WEEK (MYBW) 2024

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, July 15, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — The country’s inaugural Malaysia Blockchain Week (MYBW) is poised to bring mainstream Malaysia into the world of Web 3. MYBW boasts strong Malaysian roots in an international digital space, featuring Malaysian founders and bringing together key Malaysian industry players well-known in the digital space.

The week-long event hosted by Malaysian Web3 powerhouse Lydian Labs will be held in partnership with the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) and kicked off by Minister of Digital, YB Tuan Gobind Singh Deo.

MEET THE MALAYSIAN FACES OF THE BLOCKCHAIN SPACE

The Web3 space transcends international borders, attracting dedicated Malaysians to push the unexplored frontier of the industry.

As such, many Malaysians have become industry giants in the blockchain space, commanding significant influence and expertise in the industry. Despite their elusive real-life presence, lucky participants at MYBW will be able to rub shoulders with these Malaysian founders of key Web3 companies.

Youths and young-at-heart builders keen on exploring Web3 ventures as well as seasoned international investors will benefit from the congregation of blockchain experts and Web3 veterans.

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Expect to see local industry giants at MYBW, who will be present in support of the Malaysian-led initiative as well to provide unique industry insights at the event’s keynote presentations and panel discussions.

Present at the event will include Matthew Tan, the founder and CEO of the leading Ethereum block explorer, API and Analytics Platform, Etherscan.io. Prior to Etherscan, Tan founded and developed one of the earlier token-based blockchain explorers, Blockscan, for Counterparty, a smart contracts blockchain built on top of Bitcoin. He has around 15 years of industry experience, consulting and developing bespoke line of business solutions when he was a co-founder of a data/web applications solutions provider.

Next is Bobby Ong, the co-founder and COO of CoinGecko, an analytics platform for tracking cryptocurrencies and blockchain assets. CoinGecko was established in April 2014 and is one of the largest cryptoasset data aggregators in the world. Additionally, Ong is a contributing author in two digital currencies books – Handbook of Digital Currency, 1st Edition and Handbook of Blockchain, Digital Finance, and Inclusion, Volume 1. He was also included in the Forbes 2019 30 Under 30 Asia list and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Economics from University College London in 2012.

Other Malaysian founders include, but are not limited to:

  • Siong, co-founder of Jupiter, a decentralised exchange aggregator on the Solana blockchain platform using an extensive liquidity network and advanced algorithms.
  • Shawn Chong, co-founder of Salus, a holistic Web3 security company with experience in traditional and blockchain security focusing on user protection and strategic initiatives at the intersection of blockchain and cybersecurity.
  • TN Lee, founder of Pendle Finance, a DeFi platform that enables users to tokenize and trade future yield on Ethereum assets.
  • Dr Ian Tan, co-founder of Lydian Labs, a full stack Web3 Solutions Provider focused on advisory, tech, and marketing specialised in the APAC region.
  • Nicole Yap, founder of 8SIAN NFT which artfully tokenizes the rich tapestry of Asian heritage into NFTs which celebrate the history and depth of Asian women while building a global and inclusive Asian community.
  • Julian Koh, co-founder of Aevo, a high-performance decentralised derivatives exchange focused on options.

These Malaysian powerhouses will also be joined by international industry names such as Chess, CEO of GM Network; Dr Kang Li, CSO of CertiK; Victor Ji, Co-Founder of Manta Network; Gracy Chen, CEO of Bitget; Yoann Turpin, co-founder of Wintermute; Moshe, chairman of Oobit; Mark Rydon, CEO of Aethir; John Yao, CEO of Team Secret and many more.

MINTING THE FUTURE OF MALAYSIAN WEB3

MYBW will set the tone and future for Web3 growth and widespread adoption in Malaysia, featuring 33 panel discussions, 15 keynote talks, and more than 150 speakers which will open the curtain on important blockchain topics such as regulatory issues, the decentralised finance & syariah digital economy, blockchain traceability, NFTs & Web3 Gaming, and the impacts of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on the Malaysian landscape.

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The event, anticipated to draw more than 2,500 participants, will facilitate discussions between key stakeholders, bringing together decision-makers from the government and industry leaders to mint the future of Web3 for Malaysia.

Tickets for MYBW are already available on the official website.

EVENT DETAILS:

Date: 31 July – 1 August 2024 | 10am – 6pm
Location: World Trade Centre Kuala Lumpur (WTCKL)

Website details: https://myblockchainweek.com/

About Lydian Labs

Lydian Labs is a full stack Web3 solutions provider focused on the APAC region and China, providing 3 main pillars of services: Advisory, Tech, and Marketing.

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BlockScholes X Bybit Crypto Derivatives Analytics Report Reveals Investors More Bullish on ETH Than BTC

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DUBAI, UAE, July 15, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Bybit, the world’s second-largest cryptocurrency exchange by trading volume, in partnership with BlockScholes, has released its latest Crypto Derivatives Analytics Report, highlighting a notable divergence in investor sentiment between Ethereum (ETH) and Bitcoin (BTC).

The report, analyzing market trends and trading signals across spot trading volume, futures, options, and perpetual contracts, underscores a growing bullish sentiment toward ETH. Key findings indicate that investors are increasingly optimistic about ETH, particularly in anticipation of the imminent launch of the first Ether Spot ETFs in the United States. This optimism is reflected in ETH’s sustained volatility premium over BTC, which has persisted amid heightened market activity.

Key Highlights from the Report:

  • Bullish Sentiment Toward ETH: BlockScholes’s Senti-Meter Index reveals a bullish sentiment among investors toward ETH compared to BTC. This sentiment is influenced by expectations surrounding the imminent ETF launch for Ethereum.
  • ETH Futures Outperforming BTC: Despite recent market fluctuations, ETH futures have shown a quicker recovery in open interest compared to BTC. This recovery trend suggests a robust market narrative focused on ETH’s ETF prospects.
  • Strong Perpetual Trading in ETH: Significant trading volumes in ETH perpetual contracts indicate substantial long positions, possibly driven by strategic positioning ahead of anticipated market developments.
  • High ETH Option Volatility: ETH options market volatility remains elevated, especially in anticipation of ETF approval, contrasting with BTC options, which exhibit a more defensive posture.

In response to the findings, Bybit’s Head of Institutions, Eugene Cheung, commented: “The latest data underscores ETH’s resilience and market appeal as we approach key regulatory milestones. Investors are demonstrably positioning themselves favorably amidst growing market expectations.”

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Bybit is the world’s second-largest cryptocurrency exchange by trading volume, serving over 33 million users. Established in 2018, Bybit provides a professional platform where crypto investors and traders can find an ultra-fast matching engine, 24/7 customer service, and multilingual community support. Bybit is a proud partner of Formula One’s reigning Constructors’ and Drivers’ champions: the Oracle Red Bull Racing team.

For more details about Bybit, please visit Bybit Press.

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Apply and Win the Dream Getaway to Austria and Cutting-edge Gadgets with Bybit Card

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DUBAI, UAE, July 15, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Bybit, the world’s second-largest crypto exchange by trading volume, is excited to announce the launch of its Bybit Card campaign, offering users the opportunity to win extraordinary prizes, including a dream getaway to Austria and cutting-edge tech gadgets including an iPhone 15 Pro and more.

To participate in the campaign, users need to apply and spend at least 500 EUR/USD with their Bybit Card. By completing both steps, they will automatically enter the Lucky Draw, where they stand a chance to win a guaranteed prize. The first 1,000 users who fulfill the requirements will be eligible for the Lucky Draw.

The campaign will run from Jul 15, 2024, 10:00 AM UTC to Aug 18, 2024, 11:59 PM UTC. During this period, users can take advantage of this exciting opportunity to win fantastic rewards.

In addition, VIP users will receive a 30 EUR/USD card bonus, enhancing their overall Bybit Card experience.

Joan Han, sales and marketing director at Bybit, said, “With the Bybit Card, individuals can seamlessly incorporate digital finance into their everyday lives, whether they’re shopping online or covering routine expenses. By providing users with convenience and flexibility, we aim to enhance their financial experiences. Furthermore, we are thrilled to introduce a range of diverse rewards and campaigns to our global user base, thereby creating greater accessibility and convenience for utilizing digital assets.”

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The Bybit Card blends the world of digital finance with everyday transactions, offering users a seamless spending experience. For more information about the Bybit Card and how to apply, visit:https://www.bybit.com/en/promo/campaign/Apply-Card-Win-Big

#Bybit / #TheCryptoArk

About Bybit

Bybit is the world’s second-largest cryptocurrency exchange by trading volume, serving over 33 million users. Established in 2018, Bybit provides a professional platform where crypto investors and traders can find an ultra-fast matching engine, 24/7 customer service, and multilingual community support. Bybit is a proud partner of Formula One’s reigning Constructors’ and Drivers’ champions: the Oracle Red Bull Racing team.

For more details about Bybit, please visit Bybit Press.
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