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NZTE & Blockchain Innovators of New Zealand to Host Webinar



Christchurch, New Zealand–(Newsfile Corp. – January 16, 2022) – Some of the leading minds within the NZ blockchain market are set to come together on 18/01, to discuss both hurdles and achievements within the cryptocurrency sector, in both NZ and global markets. The webinar will feature some pioneers within their relevant vertical, as they outline their thoughts to some of the biggest questions facing the industry – and how the NZ market can answer them, and thrive accordingly in the future.

The panel includes a variety of personalities from government agencies, to crypto exchanges, marketers and a blockchain gaming project. The webinar is free to join, and open to all – whether NZ-based or not!

Register for the webinar to secure your free spot:


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What’s included in the webinar?

During the session, the panel will explore a spectrum of crypto topics, with a view to provide open, transparent dialogue regarding the future of blockchain in NZ and worldwide. It’s no longer a case of “if” in regards to cryptocurrency adoption, it’s “when”, and the panelists will look to answer head-on how they will go about driving adoption, whilst honestly discussing the current limitations and misconceptions within the space.

The webinar will be hosted by NZTE, to provide some first-hand insights as to how the New Zealand Government looks to potentially strategise around cryptocurrency, and how the NZTE could potentially help the sector. The webinar see’s the commencement of Ruby Play Network working directly with the NZTE in order to effectively understand policy, and ultimately remain compliant, whilst accessing resources to help the platform grow.


The initial format will be through a Q&A style, with questions being posed to the panelists by Chief Growth Officer-turned-moderator Rob Carroll. The initial Q&A will be between the panel, however the last section will be opened to webinar attendees to ask hard-hitting questions.

The Panel – Who Are They?

In order to provide as diverse an opinion as possible, the panelists were selected across varying crypto business types. Each business has its own story as to how they are involved in the cryptocurrency circuit, with their own recipe for success relevant to their target market. The session will be focused on these projects in particular due to their NZ-entrenched roots, however the webinar itself is accessible to a global audience.

The Panelists:

What is the purpose of the webinar?

Put simply, to highlight the potential within blockchain and how the panelists are going about it, whilst dispelling the most popular myths currently in supply. Today’s crypto buzzwords, including NFTs and Web3, alienate some potential new crypto adopters simply through the thought of being left behind, or that the space has developed too quickly for them to comprehend or reasonably understand.


The webinar will be purely informational in nature, with a platform being provided to attendees to ask questions to all, or a specific member of the panel. The key purpose of the webinar is to provide attendees with new-found knowledge as to who is currently leading the way within NZ blockchain, and how both NZ-based and worldwide crypto users can benefit from the efforts of the panel – and what potential governmental support will be available.

Next Steps

The webinar will commence at 12PM NZDT on 18/01, with the session expected to last around an hour – allowing for questions to be posed to the panel by attendees. The session will be catered to all crypto knowledge-sets, and is designed to provide both the inexperienced crypto user, to the most-practiced day trader – the intel to create better informed decisions in regards to blockchain development and its potential.

Attending the webinar is free of charge, with attendance being confirmed through the below webinar registration link:

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New seed-stage VC fund from Finland secures €6 million in initial close for €30 million blockchain fund




Helsinki-based Equilibrium Ventures (EQV), a new seed-stage venture capital fund focused on the crypto sector, has successfully closed the first round of its €30 million fund, raising €6 million from limited partners (LPs). This milestone highlights growing interest in blockchain startups and a promising future for the European crypto ecosystem.

The fund is led by an experienced team of partners: Mika Honkasalo, Henrik Sundvik (formerly of Bain & Company), and Christopher Ahn (ex-Molten Ventures investor). Equilibrium Ventures aims to attract and support founders with deep technical expertise in blockchain technologies, covering areas such as zero-knowledge proofs and smart contracts, essential for developing advanced blockchain solutions.

Equilibrium Ventures has attracted a diverse group of backers, including strategic investors, family offices, and notable LPs like Sebastien Borget, co-founder of the metaverse platform The Sandbox. This support underscores the fund’s credibility and signals growing confidence in crypto investments despite recent market challenges.

Dedicated to crypto infrastructure, Equilibrium Ventures emphasizes rigorous technical due diligence and value addition for pre-seed and seed engineering firms. With a network of about 70 blockchain engineers, mainly based in Europe, the fund is well-positioned to help startups develop robust blockchain technologies.


The renewed interest in venture capital investment in blockchain, bolstered by evolving regulatory landscapes in the US and Europe, is expected to increase investor confidence in the crypto sector. Equilibrium Ventures, with its technical expertise and strategic support, is poised to become a significant player in Europe’s crypto venture scene.

Looking ahead, Equilibrium Ventures aims for a second close by the end of this summer, targeting 80% of the total fund. This progress indicates strong momentum and the potential for significant contributions to the European blockchain ecosystem.


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Riot Platforms Acquires 14% Stake in Bitfarms Ltd.




Riot Platforms, Inc. has announced its acquisition of a 14% stake in Bitfarms Ltd., as detailed in a recent press release by Riot Platforms. This move aligns with Riot’s strategy to influence corporate governance within Bitfarms.

Acquisition Details

On June 13, 2024, Riot Platforms purchased 1,432,063 common shares of Bitfarms Ltd., representing about 0.35% of Bitfarms’ issued and outstanding common shares. The shares were bought on the Nasdaq Stock Market and other open markets at an average price of approximately $2.70 per share, totaling $3,870,293.46.

Before this acquisition, Riot held 56,194,973 common shares of Bitfarms, equating to 13.65% ownership. With the new shares, Riot now holds 57,627,036 common shares, resulting in a 14% stake in Bitfarms.


Strategic Intentions

Riot Platforms intends to call a special meeting of Bitfarms’ shareholders to nominate several independent directors to the board, citing concerns over Bitfarms’ corporate governance. Riot seeks to influence Bitfarms’ strategic direction and enhance its governance standards.

Riot is continuously reviewing its investment in Bitfarms and may adjust its position based on factors such as market conditions and the company’s financial status. Potential actions include increasing or decreasing its stake, entering into hedging transactions, or proposing additional strategic measures.

Forward-Looking Statements

The press release includes forward-looking statements subject to risks and uncertainties, reflecting Riot’s current expectations and assumptions. Riot cautions investors to consider these risks before making investment decisions.


Riot’s vision is to become the leading Bitcoin-driven infrastructure platform, focusing on a vertically integrated strategy with Bitcoin mining operations in Texas and electrical switchgear engineering in Colorado.


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Manta Foundation Unveils $50M EcoFund to Foster Blockchain Innovation




The Manta Foundation has launched its $50 million EcoFund to build a robust ecosystem for leading blockchain projects, as per Manta Network. This initiative demonstrates the foundation’s commitment to funding opportunities and developer support for innovative blockchain ventures.

Funding and Support Opportunities
Starting June 15th, the one-year EcoFund will offer significant financial support through its Ecosystem Grant Program, which provides early-stage projects with grants of up to $50,000. This initial funding is crucial for bringing innovative ideas to life.

Additionally, the EcoFund dedicates $35 million for direct investments in promising projects on the Manta Network. These strategic investments aim to foster high-growth ventures that align with Manta Network’s long-term objectives, promoting a collaborative and mutually beneficial environment.

Diverse Project Focus
The Manta Foundation supports a broad range of projects across sectors such as DeFi, Gaming, NFTs, and more. These initiatives are chosen for their potential to drive consumer adoption and significantly enhance the Manta Network ecosystem.


Applications for the EcoFund are accepted on a rolling basis, ensuring ongoing funding and support opportunities. The foundation prioritizes projects with robust business models and scalability, aiming to ensure the ecosystem’s financial health and sustainability.

Specialized Funding Categories

In addition to general grants, the EcoFund targets specific high-growth areas:

– AI/DePIN: Focused on using AI and Decentralized Physical Infrastructure Networks for sustainable solutions.
– Zero-Knowledge: Investments in zero-knowledge technology to boost privacy and security in the blockchain space.
– Memecoins: The Moon Mission Grant supports the development and growth of meme projects on Manta Pacific, fostering a vibrant memecoin culture.

Events and Hackathons
To further enrich the ecosystem, the Manta Foundation has allocated $5 million for online and offline events and hackathons. These events aim to attract new developers and users, fostering a culture of innovation and collaboration within the Manta Network community.



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