Data from Cointelegraph Research reveals that in August 2022, the blockchain industry saw $1.36 billion of venture capital invested in the blockchain industry — a 12-month low and the fourth consecutive month-on-month decline in capital inflows. August’s inflows represent a 31.3% drop from July’s $1.98 billion, and the 101 deals closed in August had an average capital investment of $14.3 million — a 10.1% decline from July. The data was drawn from the Cointelegraph Research Terminal’s Venture Capital Database, which contains comprehensive information on deals, mergers and acquisition activity, investors, crypto companies, and funds.
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August 2022 saw the lowest capital inflows in 12 months. Source: Cointelegraph Research VC Database
August’s funding focused on Web3, NFTs and infrastructure
August’s three most popular investment categories were Web3, infrastructure and nonfungible tokens (NFTs), drawing more than $1.16 billion, or 85.4%, of the total capital. Some of the biggest deals include the following: Web3 game developer Limit Break raised $200 million. Barca Studios, FC Barcelona’s Web3 arm, raised $100 million from Chiliz, the owner of blockchain-based fan rewards platform Socios. Ready Player Me, a platform that allows people to create metaverse avatars, raised $56 million in a Series B funding round led by Andreessen Horowitz. Inworld AI, a developer platform for creating AI-driven virtual characters, raised $50 million in a Series A round led by Section 32 and Intel Capital.
Sectors of investment interest in August 2022. Source: Cointelegraph Research VC Database
CoinFund is bullish despite the market conditions
Venture capital firms have been raising funds too. Web3 and crypto-focused venture capital firm CoinFund launched a new $300 million fund to back early-stage startups, emphasizing its bullish belief that Web3 will “continue to progress through all market cycles.” Orange DAO raised $80 million from the Algorand Foundation and Near and looks set to…