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MVB VI Investment Announcement

2023.8.4  •  3 min read
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Main Takeaways

  • Binance Labs has invested in four top-performing projects from the most recent season of its Most Valuable Builder (MVB) program.
  • The four high-performing projects in the program include AltLayer, KiloEx, Kinza, and Sleepless AI, building across DeFi, infrastructure, and Web3 gaming.
  • The investments demonstrate Binance Labs’ commitment to supporting the most capable and forward-thinking founders who are driving innovation and meaningful use cases to build the future of the Web3 industry for further adoption.

Binance Labs, the venture capital and incubation arm of Binance, has announced its investment in four top-performing projects from the sixth season of its Most Valuable Builder (MVB) program, an accelerator program focused on growing the BNB Chain ecosystem. The investments demonstrate Binance Labs’ commitment to incubating and supporting high-potential projects. Such projects are building the foundations for a sustainable ecosystem that allows scalability and more users to onboard onto the Web3 ecosystem.

Yi He, Co-Founder of Binance and Head of Binance Labs, commented: "At Binance Labs, our vision is to empower and back early-stage founders who are committed to building long-term innovative projects. Through the MVB Program, we identified four high-performing projects for investment across various sectors. We look forward to seeing these projects’ continued growth and positive contribution to the wider Web3 ecosystem.”

The four MVB projects selected for investment (in alphabetical order):

AltLayer is an open and decentralized protocol for developers to launch application-tailored rollups. The protocol offers a no-code Rollups-as-a-Service dashboard built atop its core network, Beacon Layer, that allows customized rollups with fraud/zk proofs at speed.

KiloEx is building the next generation of user-friendly perpetual DEX focused on risk management and capital efficiency. Its platform offers lightning-fast trades and an intuitive trading experience with a wide range of trading pairs, while offering liquidity providers risk-neutral positions and LP-friendly solutions.

Kinza is a robust lending protocol built for a reliable DeFi ecosystem that focuses on security and aims to create the best on-chain money market. Its platform features Real Yield that employs a dynamic interest rate curve, generating real revenue from interest for the protocol and lenders along with customized collateral risks that help maximize capital efficiency on the protocol while insulating risk from volatile assets.

Sleepless AI is an AI blockchain-based virtual companion game utilizing AIGC and LLMs to create rich story-based gameplay and organically evolving interactions with characters. The project is currently developing three games with its first title, HIM, a virtual boyfriend Otome game that features unique SBT characters that are immutable and on-chain.

Season six of the 3-month MVB Program concluded in June 2023, with a curriculum that was designed to address the evolving needs of Web3 founders. Founders in the program received 1-1 mentorship from the Binance Labs Investment team, along with fireside chats with Binance Labs portfolio founders and Binance Co-Founders Chengpeng Zhao “CZ”, and Yi He.

This iteration received over 1,400 applications, with 53% of applicants based in North America and Europe, and 36% based in APAC. The programs’ highly selective process admitted less than 1% of the total applicant pool.

The new season of the Binance Labs Incubation Program is currently open for applications; the program is chain, sector, and stage-agnostic. Through the Incubation program, Binance Labs is making a Request for Startups in the following areas:

  • Infrastructure - MEVs, ZK Proofs, Layer 2 Scaling, Modularity
  • Tools & Middleware - Wallets, On-Chain Data Analytics, On-Chain Search Engines
  • DeFi - Lending & Borrowing, Perpetuals & Derivatives, Investing & Structured Products, Liquid Staking, RAWs
  • Application Layer - AI-Powered DApps, Fully-On Chain Web3 Games, High-Quality Web3 Studios, SocialFi

Apply to the Binance Labs Incubation Program before August 15th, 2023!

About Binance Labs

Binance Labs is the Venture Capital and Accelerator arm of Binance. Since 2018, Binance Labs has invested in more than 200 projects across 6 continents with $9 billion in total assets and a 1260% rate of return on investment.

It has also incubated more than 50 projects that are native to Web3 through the Binance Labs Incubation Program, including Polygon, Perpetual Protocol, and Dune Analytics. Follow Binance Labs on Twitter for the latest news.

About BNB Chain

BNB Chain is a community-driven, decentralized, and censorship-resistant blockchain powered by BNB. It consists of BNB Beacon Chain and BNB Smart Chain (BSC), which is EVM compatible and facilitates a multi-chain ecosystem. It is the world’s largest smart contract blockchain in terms of transaction volume and daily active users.

It has processed 3 billion transactions to date from 200 million unique addresses, bringing developers massive user access with ultra-low gas fees. The ecosystem has more than 1,400 active dApps across multiple categories, such as DeFi, Metaverse, blockchain games, NFT, and more. For more information, follow BNB Chain on Twitter.

Disclaimer: BNB Chain is a public, decentralized and permissionless blockchain. We do not and cannot control activity and data on the BNB Chain or the activities that community participants or independent third-party projects may develop using BNB Chain.

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