AIKON, a leader in Web3 onboarding solutions, recently announced a $10 million Series A equity financing round. The round was led by institutional blockchain investment firm Morgan Creek Digital. Also in this round, Blizzard the Avalanche Fund joined as a strategic investor and partner. Mark Yusko and W. Scott Stornetta will be part of AIKON’s Board. Mark is the CEO of Morgan Creek Capital Management (MCCM) and Managing Partner of Morgan Creek Digital (MCD). MCD, the blockchain and crypto investment business line at MCCM, invests in promising seed and early-stage blockchain companies as well as later-stage companies seeking growth capital. MCD has invested in several companies including Blockdaemon, Chain Reaction, Messari, Ledger, Figure, and Gemini, some of which are now leaders in their category in the blockchain industry. Mr. Stornetta, Venture Partner at MCD and Partner at Yugen Partners, is considered by many to be the co-inventor of blockchain technology. “We are excited to support AIKON not only because they’ve built real-world blockchain solutions that have the potential to onboard millions of users onto blockchains, but also because they built a unique blockchain and crypto platform that put people first in terms of the ease of use,” explains W. Scott Stornetta who is now a newly added member of AIKON’s Board of Directors. “Their embedded wallet registry, coupled with the ORE Token, creates a practical path toward truly universal self-sovereign identity. It is personally very gratifying to support a team that is realizing the universality of vision we originally had for blockchains.” The Series A financing round also includes capital from Up2 Opportunity Fund, Hestia Investments, and Yugen Partners, as well as follow-on investments from Mighty Capital, Alpha Edison, and Think+ Ventures. All these funds also purchased ORE Tokens in order to take a stake in the ORE Network.
Blockchain Solutions for BusinessAIKON’s mission is to accelerate blockchain technology adoption by providing simple, secure onboarding solutions for businesses, developers, and consumers. As the industry matures with multiple important blockchains, the need for solutions that work across these chains will be vital. AIKON provides solutions built on the Open Rights Exchange (ORE) Network, powered by the ORE Token, that allow AIKON users to tap into the benefits of many blockchains including Ethereum, Polygon, Algorand, Telos, WAX, and more. As part of the Series A investment, AIKON is adding compatibility for the Avalanche blockchain, opening up AIKON and the ORE Network to an engaged Avalanche ecosystem of over 16,000 developers and 500-plus dApps. Blizzard’s Joshua Hecht shared, “AIKON helps make blockchain accessible for the 99% of Internet users who do not currently use blockchain apps. We are excited to support Marc and his team’s ambition to streamline access to Web3 via the Avalanche ecosystem.” AIKON’s multi-chain authentication and wallet creation solution, ORE ID, is already integrated into the industry’s leading businesses and decentralized applications (dApps) including AllianceBlock, RFox, NFT Battle Miners, EarnFi, and more. ORE ID is actively used in 12 countries and the company is on target to grow ORE ID users to 400,000 by the end of 2022. AIKON has survived multiple bull and bear crypto markets since 2017 and has created over 200,000 multi-chain wallets for users. This funding round will enable AIKON to grow its team of blockchain experts to support the increasing demand for ORE ID. The company is excited to release ORE Vault, the crypto and NFT multi-signature wallet for businesses, out of beta and provide customers with a fiat on-ramp experience for ORE ID. Altogether, the new financing will ensure AIKON can accelerate its offerings of easy-to-use blockchain solutions that are already relied upon by many industry leaders. AIKON CEO, Founder, and ORE Core Contributor Marc Blinder explained, “We started the project in 2017 during which time the ICO craze was also happening and have seen the ups and downs of this industry. But one thing remains constant – our resolve to build useful things. In the last five years, we have built infrastructure solutions designed to last for decades to come and we are thrilled to have the funding from industry leaders to continue our mission.” AIKON is rapidly growing its team and customers for ORE ID. For more information about Series A, the company, and its solutions, please read AIKON’s blog.