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charge.xyz joins peaq to build a community-powered P2P electric vehicle charging platform

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peaq, the layer-1 blockchain for DePIN and Machine RWAs (real-world assets), announces the expansion of its ecosystem as charge.xyz joins in. charge.xyz is building a DePIN enabling global peer-2-peer charging via community-owned electric vehicle chargers. The project has already completed the proof-of-concept version of its dApp and is now preparing for a mobile release that will feature initial core functionalities to onboard users. A full-on integration with peaq leveraging peaq’s Modular DePIN Functions and other DePIN-focused benefits will follow later in the year.

While electric vehicles are growing more popular, their adoption is not without hurdles. The lack of supporting infrastructure, especially compatible charging points, is one such challenge — to the point where concerns about charger availability deters people from buying electric vehicles. Millions of existing residential and privately-owned electric vehicle chargers could greatly expand the availability of charging and boost electric vehicle adoption without any investment needed.

charge.xyz works to close this gap by enabling charger owners to offer their charging points to the public, selling charging sessions to those in need. After joining its DePIN, wallbox (charging point) owners will be able to customize the availability of their chargers in line with their needs, set their price rates, and review the charger’s use logs.

charge.xyz is tapping peaq as its layer-1 blockchain and will leverage its Modular DePIN Functions as part of its core architecture and business logic. It will leverage peaq IDs as the identity standard for the DePIN, build the smart contracts powering the key interactions within its network on peaq, and use peaq as its payments and data storage layer. It is also exploring prospective synergies and partnerships within peaq’s ecosystem of more than 25 DePINs and world-leading enterprise partners.

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At the current stage, the project is working on a mobile app which will enable people to register their chargers and electric vehicles on its DePIN. The app’s other features will include the ability to register historic charging sessions and write reviews to chargers, making for an open and transparent P2P-marketplace. More community-facing initiatives are also on their way.

“The fragmentation of the charging infrastructure landscape and existing players in the market playing the zero sum game are the biggest hurdles for the adoption of the global EV-revolution and a greener mobility paradigm,” says Dominic Klopsch, co-founder of charge.xyz.

“charge.xyz is addressing this challenge while also empowering anyone to be part of the push for a more sustainable future. peaq is the perfect layer-1 for this, as no other blockchain delivers such powerful fundamentals as well as a vast set of DePIN-specific functions. We look forward to building and launching on peaq and see unlimited potential synergies within its wide ecosystem of DePINs and top enterprises,” adds Fabian Poehler, co-founder at charge.xyz.

“One thing is certain: decentralized charging will lead to greater acceptance of electric cars,” says Leonard Dorlöchter, co-founder of peaq. “Decentralized charging is probably one of the most straightforward machine economy use cases. It will greatly reduce fragmentation of charging infrastructure and solve a fundamental issue for electric vehicle adoption — charger availability. We’re excited to see charge.xyz take on this important mission, choosing peaq as its layer-1, and are certain that the benefits to the peaqosystem and end-users are immense.”

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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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