Crypto.com’s Cronos launches $100M accelerator for DeFi and Web3
Cronos, a blockchain ecosystem built by major crypto exchange Crypto.com, announced the launch of an accelerator program to fast-track advancements across the decentralized finance (DeFi), Web3 and Metaverse space, among others.
Driving the initiative, the Cronos Accelerator Program is backed by $100 million to help crypto projects in the seed and pre-seed stages seeking mentorship, funding and growth. According to the announcement, projects shortlisted for the accelerator program will be matched with compatible mentors.
Some of the prominent investment partners backing the Cronos Accelerator Program include Mechanism Capital, Spartan Labs, IOSG Ventures, OK Blockchain Capital, AP Capital, Altcoin Buzz and Dorahacks. Cronos plans to onboard other partners in the future. Providing further clarity into the program, Cronos managing director Ken Timsit added:
“In the current climate, it is more important than ever to put our heads down and start building aggressively.”
Timsit aims to enhance the potential of projects by providing end-to-end support across the project’s operations. As part of this initiative, Cronos’ Web3 startup accelerator arm Cronos Labs conducts weekly workshops that cover various aspects of building crypto projects.
Aspiring projects get the opportunity to procure between $100,000–$300,000 seed investment in addition to having the option for additional grant funding. In addition to mentorship and other marketing initiatives, projects will be able to integrate into Crypto.com’s ecosystem including a DeFi wallet, crypto exchange and nonfungible token marketplace.
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