China-based blockchain investment firm Fenbushi Capital, today announced it has launched the Fenbushi Ecosystem Fund, a new investment fund designed to drive the continued growth of applications under development on the world’s largest decentralized storage network, Filecoin, and its underlying protocol, a peer-to-peer (p2p) file-sharing system, IPFS.
Aiming to raise $15-20 million USD, the investment fund will target investment opportunities arising from the Slingshot storage application competition, the Filecoin Frontier Accelerator, the Tachyon Launchpad Accelerator, and other incubators that are launching within the Filecoin ecosystem.
Upon raising the necessary capital, the Fenbushi Ecosystem Fund will close in Q1 of 2021 before commencing operations in collaboration with Protocol Labs. Fenbushi itself has committed $1 million USD to the fund to further the development of applications within the Filecoin and IPFS ecosystems.
“Distributed storage technology has accelerated the new round of technological and industrial transformation of Web 3.0. With the cloud storage market set to grow from $32.72bn in 2019 to $106.71bn in 2024, consumer demands for advances in security, scalability, and affordability will inevitably grow alongside it. In China, leading companies are already embracing decentralized storage as an alternative to centralized, costly and less secure service providers, and Filecoin is quickly becoming the ecosystem of choice. We are thrilled to see Fenbushi Capital expanding its support globally beyond the thriving Chinese Filecoin ecosystem and driving world-class innovation.”
– Colin Evran, Ecosystem Lead at Filecoin
Fenbushi Ecosystem Fund
Fenbushi Capital will be responsible for all aspects of financial management relating to the Fenbushi Ecosystem Fund and Protocol Labs will undertake a technical advisory role. The fund has a 2% per annum management fee and charges 20% interest while the terms are 5 years.
Investment from Fenbushi will include both token and equity investments worldwide and the fund will not be limited to any specific jurisdictions.
“As the first and most active blockchain-focused venture capital firm in Asia, building on our existing relationship with Filecoin, having participated as an early investor, and launching this fund together to drive the growth and development of the Web3 ecosystem is a privilege. Fenbushi has already been active in helping Chinese miners deploy their mining capabilities by providing them with FIL to stake. Now, we are excited to leverage our deep roots in the crypto space and the Filecoin community in China to assist in the development of some really exciting use cases that will change the face of data storage as we know it.”
– Roland Sun, General Counsel of Fenbushi Capital
The Fenbushi Ecosystem Fund aims to create the opportunity for Web 3.0 entrepreneurs, building on Filecoin, to bring their solutions to the next level. Joining a growing community of over 1000 active miners and 120+ organizations building on Filecoin, successful developers can take advantage of over 1 billion gigabytes of storage capacity on the network.