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DeFi Technologies Provides Monthly Corporate Update: Subsidiary Valour Reports Assets Under Management at C$748 Million, Up 47.2% This Fiscal Year, Bolstered by Strong Net Inflows of C$6.6 Million, Among Other Key Developments

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DeFi Technologies Inc. (the “Company” or “DeFi Technologies“) (NEO: DEFI)(GR: RB9) (OTC: DEFTF), a crypto native technology company that pioneers the convergence of traditional capital markets with the world of decentralised finance (“DeFi“), is pleased to announce that its subsidiary, Valour Inc., and Valour Digital Securities Limited (together, “Valour“), a leading issuer of exchange traded products (“ETPs“) that provide simplified access to digital assets, reports assets under management (“AUM“) of C$748 million as of May 7, 2024. This figure represents a significant year-on-year increase of 47.2%.

Despite a decrease from March’s AUM of C$880 million due to a downturn in digital asset prices since March 2024, the Company and Valour’s strategic initiatives continue to drive substantial growth. Notably, despite a significant fall in digital asset markets during April, with Solana down 37% over the period, Valour’s AUM was only 22% lower at the end of the month, buoyed by a strong net inflow of C$6.6 million.

Q1 2024 Financials: The Company would also like to announce that the Q1 2024 financials will be available after market close on May 15, 2024, with an announcement of a shareholder call to follow.

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Strategic Expansion and New Trading Desk in UAE: Valour has launched a new trading desk in the United Arab Emirates, marking a strategic expansion into the Middle East. This move leverages the UAE’s progressive regulatory framework and high cryptocurrency adoption rate. It represents a critical step in Valour’s ongoing strategy to make ETPs globally accessible and to broaden its product offerings, aiming to tap into the region’s dynamic financial landscape.

Innovative Bitcoin ETPs in Collaboration with the Core Foundation: In collaboration with the Core Foundation, DeFi Technologies and Valour announced plans for new innovative ETPs, including the first-of-its-kind Yield Bearing BTC ETP, and a novel Core ETP, leveraging the unique features of the Core Chain. Additionally, Valour will manage a validator node on the Core Blockchain and plans to stake US$100 million in BTC. This integration of blockchain technology with traditional financial strategies represents a pioneering approach to Bitcoin investment, offering actively yielding opportunities within the digital asset space.

Short Spot Bitcoin ETP: The launch of the first Short Spot Bitcoin ETP in the Nordics, known as Valour Short Bitcoin (SBTC) SEK (ISIN: CH1149139649), now trading on the Nordic Growth Market, provides experienced investors with strategic opportunities to profit from or hedge against Bitcoin’s price movements.

“We are very encouraged by the strong year-on-year growth of our AUM, which reflects the sustained demand for our innovative ETP products and trust from our investors,” said Olivier Roussy Newton, CEO of DeFi Technologies. “Our strategic expansions and the introduction of groundbreaking products this month underscore our commitment to providing secure, diversified, and accessible digital asset investment options. We are excited about our future prospects and remain dedicated to advancing our position in the digital asset space.”

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

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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.

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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.

Source: arcticstartup.com

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Riot Platforms Acquires 14% Stake in Bitfarms Ltd.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Source: blockchain.news

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Manta Foundation Unveils $50M EcoFund to Foster Blockchain Innovation

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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.

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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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Source: blockchain.news

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