Huobi Ventures, the VC arm of the popular crypto exchange, has partnered with financial services company Republic to launch a cross-border crypto accelerator to give startups exposure to global investors and equity.
The companies say the accelerator will be a full-stack solution for launching digital assets, combining the advisory services and early stage incubation of Republic’s Crypto business with the strategic capital of Huobi Ventures, including liquidity support and centralized exchange relations strategy. Huobi told CoinDesk the company has committed $30 million to the accelerator.
Projects that have already entered the accelerator include Mastercard-backed smart contract company SupraOracles and TikTok rival Chingari.
“Liquidity support from the centralized exchange has always been seen as a critical milestone for crypto startups,” said Unica Yin, Investment Director of Huobi Ventures, in a statement. “Through the collaboration with Republic from an accelerator perspective, we envision that this would provide the comprehensive support to the project throughout the entirety of its life cycle, thus elevating product value in applicable scenarios rather than merely to look for quick returns in investment.”
The global accelerator launches as China continues its crackdown on the crypto industry. Last month, Huobi Global said it would stop serving existing China-based users by the end of the year after the People’s Bank of China declared that virtual currency businesses were illegal and banned overseas exchanges from serving users in the region.
Huobi Ventures has launched three funds to date focusing on blockchain technology, the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM)-compatible Huobi Eco Chain (HECO) public chain and non-fungible tokens (NFTs). Meanwhile, Republic Crypto just launched a $60 million seed fund, its first and flagship fund, and has already deployed about $11 to $12 million of that money.