区块链孵化平台SmartUp能将全球的创企与投资人以及协作者联系起来。近日，该公司宣布获得500万美元融资，投资方为Blockchain Japan。SmartUp将把这笔资金用于早期平台的运营支出。另外，Blockchain Japan会将SmartUp介绍给自己的会员，为它匹配合适的项目。
Blockchain Japan的总裁Toshifumi Emoto表示：“亚洲地区有很多高质量的区块链项目。但问题是它们往往找不到融资和资源。SmartUp能为这些项目提供技术支持和一站式的孵化服务。”
SmartUp的创始人Ric Wu表示：“我们要为项目匹配合适和高质量的资源，最终让这些项目等上全球的舞台。我们期待和Blockchain Japan进行更多合作，不仅是孵化更多品质项目，还要提高当地市场对区块链技术应用的关注。”
区块链支持的国际交易平台ValueCoin是SmartUp孵化的第一家创企。这是FCO International旗下的公司，它获得了Blockchain Japan的投资和技术支持。
ValueCoin, a blockchain-powered international trading platform, is the first startup to be incubated by SmartUp
Ric Wu, Founder of SmartUp and Yasutaka Hirao, President of FCO International
SmartUp, a blockchain incubation platform connecting global startups with investors and co-workers around the world, has secured US$5 million in funding from Blockchain Japan, a network of blockchain investors in Japan.
Hong Kong-based SmartUp will use the capital for early platform operation expenses. Additionally, Blockchain Japan will also introduce SmartUp to its members and match suitable projects with it.
Toshifumi Emoto, President of Blockchain Japan, said, “There are numerous quality blockchain projects in Asia. However, it is always challenging for them looking for funding and resources. SmartUp provides projects with technical support as well as one-stop incubating service.”
SmartUp aims to build a global blockchain incubating ecosystem to provide startups with one-stop access to incubating services including support, consulting, lead investing and financing. It has introduced a smart credit checking system to help investors analyse tens of thousands of projects from around the world, global resources matching for professionals with different areas of expertise and lead investment and global fundraising.
In addition, all transactions will be kept on blockchain so they can not be modified, and investors can choose to use the SIT (strategic investor token) cryptocurrency to invest and settle service fees.
Ric Wu, Founder of SmartUp, said, “We shall match the project with appropriate and quality resources, and eventually bring the project to the global stage. We are looking forward to more collaboration with Blockchain Japan, not limited to incubating more quality projects, but also increase the awareness of regional market on blockchain technology applications.”
ValueCoin, a blockchain-powered international trading platform based in Tokyo, is the first startup to be incubated by SmartUp. The startup is owned by FCO International, with the technical support and funding from Blockchain Japan. ValueCoin is the blockchain project to facilitate global transactions and promote blockchain tech in the organization. The project team is based in Tokyo, Japan.
“SmartUp integrates resources for projects and provides accurate funding record for investors, which hugely reduces transaction cost. ValueCoin owns a membership base of more than 56 million, and its participation to SmartUp has provided an ideal choice to investors,” Wu added
Zuo Peng, CEO of FCO International, said: “Blockchain application is becoming popular in Japan. We share the vision of SmartUp and we are looking forward to apply ValueCoin and its blockchain applications in international trading. The participation to SmartUp incubator will help us getting international resources and partners to promote the said applications to improve business efficiency. Looking ahead, we shall work closely with Mr Wu and his team for bring ValueCoin to the global market.”