As the world of blockchain and cryptocurrency continues to grow and evolve, it is important for entrepreneurs and developers to stay on top of the latest trends and opportunities in the industry. EthDenver 2023 is bringing together some of the brightest minds and most innovative companies in the space.
If you are planning to attend EthDenver and are interested in meeting with top VC funds, join us at OnePiece Labs’ afterparty on March 1st!
Besides us, here are some that should definitely be on your list:
- Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) Crypto
a16z is a top-tier venture capital firm that has invested in some of the most successful startups in the world. Their crypto division, a16z Crypto, was founded in 2020 and has raised $7.6 billion in total with a recent addition of $4.5 billion to its fourth fund.
- 1kx Network
Founded in 2017, 1kx Network is a token angel fund with the thesis of extrapolating Bitcoin’s success to embed cryptoeconomic incentives into everything; transactions, computation, storage, prediction, power. Their portfolio includes some of the most innovative and promising projects in the blockchain space, such as The Sandbox, and Matter Labs.
- Pantera Capital
Pantera Capital is one of the oldest and most well-respected blockchain-focused VC funds in the industry. They have invested in over 100 blockchain projects, including some of the most successful ones like Coinbase, BitGo, and Polkadot.
CoinFund is a blockchain-focused VC fund that invests in decentralized protocols, blockchain-based applications, and cryptocurrency infrastructure. They have a broad portfolio that includes projects like Blockdaemon, Dapper, and Polkadot. They launched a $300M Web3 fund in Aug, 2022. Sectors of interest for the early-stage fund include layer 1 blockchains, gaming and NFTs. With check sizes ranging from $6 to $10M, the fund will likely back 30 to 40 companies.
Dao5 is a $125 million fund led by Tekin Salimi, who is a former General Partner from Polychain Capital. Salimi’s vision for Dao5 is to become a fully founder-owned DAO by 2025. Dao5’s advisory board include Emin Gün Sirer — founder of the Avalanche protocol, Do Kwon — founder of the Luna protocol, Ben Fisch — professor of computer science at Yale University, Ivan Soto-Wright – Founder of Moonpay.
- Galaxy Ventures
Galaxy ventures is a diversified financial services and investment management company focused on digital assets and blockchain technology. Their portfolio include protocol, scaling solutions, DeFi, and Web3 infrastructure with notable investments like Fireblocks and Polygon. Apart from its venture division, Galaxy also provides trading, mining, asset management, and advisory services. Galaxy partners with Bloomberg to calculate weighted crypto indexes.
- Matrixport Ventures
Matrixport Ventures is a financial services platform that provides a range of services for individuals and institutions in the blockchain space. They have a venture arm that invests in early-stage projects that are building the next generation of decentralized financial services.
- NGC Ventures
Led by founding partner Roger Lim, NGC Ventures has their portfolio spanned from top L1 chains such as Algorand, Avalanche, Solana, and Polkadot to Defi, infra, and metaverse companies with a global presence. They closed their third blockchain fund at $100 million last year to extend its focus into GameFi and NFTs.
- Outlier Ventures
Outlier Ventures is a venture capital firm that invests in startups that are building the future of the decentralized web. They have a strong focus on Web 3.0, DeFi, and NFTs with a portfolio of over 100 Web3 companies. They have recently partnered with Aptos Foundation to launch the Move Accelerator in May 2023.
- Variant fund
Variant fund backs mission-aligned founders at the earliest possible stage. They have a focus on interoperability, privacy, and scalability, and have invested in projects like Uniswap and Aptos. Jesse Walden, Co-Founder and General Partner at Variant, was an investment partner on the first crypto fund at Andreessen Horowitz and later led a16z Crypto Startup School.
- Two Sigma Ventures
With a portfolio across all industries, Two Sigma Ventures has invested in several promising Web3 projects with successful exits. Its data-driven approach, deep industry expertise, collaborative approach, and long-term investment horizon make it a strong choice for entrepreneurs and investors looking to engage with the rapidly evolving Web3 industry.
This list is not the most exhaustive one, but would be a great starting point to get to know some key players at ETHDenver.