- The Futureverse Base Camp accelerator program selected seven startups from close to 500 applicants focused on accelerating the development of the Open Metaverse, including scalable and interoperable apps, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) games and experiences.
- The remote 12-week accelerator program covers business building across product roadmap, community strategy, token design and economics, fundraising and more.
- The chosen teams will receive mentorship from industry leaders across multiple sectors, including gaming, the entertainment industry and AI.
Outlier Ventures and Futureverse are pleased to announcee the first cohort of the Futureverse Base Camp accelerator program today. The selected teams have ben chosen from close to 500 applications from around the world and are leading early-stage startups focused on accelerating the Open Metaverse through building on The Root Network, a public decentralized blockchain network optimized for metaverse apps and experiences.
The seven carefully chosen companies specialize in payment experiences, AI, improving data and analytics capability, and enabling Web3 native methods to build and retain a user base. Outlier Ventures and Futureverse are pleased to announce the seven chosen teams taking part in the program: Intraverse, Lifelike Digital, MintPass, Nucanon, Plurality, REKT Interactive and Spark.
Aaron McDonald and Shara Senderoff, Futureverse and Born Ready Co-Founders said: “We’re incredibly excited to bring the inaugural cohort of builders from the Futureverse Base Camp into our strategic ecosystem and continue to push the boundaries on what is possible in the space. We believe the future is a collective vision and will be architected by the many visionaries who aim to revolutionize the internet as we know it. We’ll continue to support and back the teams paving the way for the technologies and ideas that will accelerate the development of the open metaverse and Web3 landscape.”
Blake Lezenski, Partner Program Director, Outlier Ventures, said: “We are thrilled to announce our first cohort with Futureverse and share the details of the incredible teams who have been carefully chosen to join the program. We had a huge amount of interest in the program with close to 500 applications, highlighting the momentum behind Futureverse, the aptitude of Open Metaverse technology builders as well as their infrastructure and rich IP ecosystem around The Root Network. As long-running partners from the early stages of working with multiple layers of their ecosystem, we are now excited to kick off our program and work together to support the founders who will define the future of the Open Metaverse.”
The chosen teams will receive support from Outlier Ventures and Futureverse’s in-house team of experts and mentors on their product roadmap, community building, entity structuring, strategic partnerships and more. The teams will receive both investment and support from Born Ready, the venture fund and studio founded by Futureverse Co-Founders, Aaron McDonald and Shara Senderoff.
Co-founded by Aaron McDonald, Shara Senderoff, Marco Brondani and Daniel Gillespie, Futureverse recently announced a $54 million Series A funding round led by 10T Holdings, and including participation from Ripple. By rolling up 11 metaverse infrastructure and content companies into one collaborative ecosystem, Futureverse delivers the essential components for constructing any metaverse application, while maintaining one of the world’s largest digital collectible communities. Futureverse has formed impactful and innovative global strategic partnerships with renowned organizations including Warner Brothers Discovery, Ready Player One, Reebok, Wimbledon, FIFA, Authentic Brands Group (ABG), Mastercard, Death Row Records, Wētā Workshop, Snoop Dogg, Timbaland, Keanu Reeves and Alexandra Grant.
Founded in 2014, Outlier Ventures is focused on supporting the leading Web3 founders from around the world, running programs with industry partners. With a portfolio of 280 startups from every region of the world, notable alumni include Futureverse’s Immersve, along with Auki, Boson Protocol, Fetch.AI, Ocean Protocol, among others.
For more information, please visit: https://outlierventures.io/base-camp/futureverse-base-camp
Meet the first cohort
Gaming As a Service. The future of user acquisition, engagement and loyalty.
Intraverse is a Gaming As a Service platform that offers to NFT Projects, IPs, Brands and Games user acquisition, engagement and retention thanks to cross-community gamified experiences.
Lifelike Digital (New Zealand)
Digital humans made for the metaverse.
Lifelike Digital develops realistic digital humans for seamless integration across the metaverse. Their AI-powered avatars have rich character, exhibit natural behaviors and provide immersive interactions. Their purpose is to extend AI beyond chat by using AR and VR to give AI a spatial presence in the world, enabling shared experiences with digital humans, anywhere.
With their first product – Gym Vibe – anyone can access the benefits of a Personal Trainer at home, at any time of the day or night, instantly, by slipping on an AR or VR device and interacting with a fully 3D and AI powered Personalized Trainer. We call them Personalized Trainers because they are truly dedicated to each and every user based on their specific needs, workout goals, personality, and interests
MintPass (United States)
MintPass is a travel companion app for earning rewards from your travel recommendations.
MintPass is a platform for travelers to authenticate their activities with mobile geolocation data to generate and share NFT digital souvenirs that showcase where they’ve been and what they did while there. These collectibles power a recommend-to-earn ecosystem where travelers are incentivized and rewarded for sharing their lived experiences with others as word-of-mouth travel recommendations.
Personalising Web3 accounts.
Plurality lets users create personalised Web3 accounts through easy onboarding and the option to connect their plural personas from existing social profiles. By connecting Web2 data with the Web3 account, not only do users own their social capital but can also selectively share it with dApps to get a personalised experience or with data consumers for monetization.
REKT Interactive (United Arab Emirates)
Onchain oracle and infrastructure to build User Generated Wagering Markets
REKT is an on-chain oracle and platform for developers to build custom wagering markets. It processes real-world digitalized datasets and generates competitions requiring a wager using ML tech. REKT team built the first and only skill-based market for the Roblox ecosystem that attracted 12k players that played 2k+ challenges in 2 months and currently working on the next market at the intersection of SocialFi and fantasy sport.
Spark (United Kingdom)
Payment orchestration for crypto.
Spark integrates with products and services from crypto and TradFi, providing powerful workflow functionality through a unified interface.
- Stefan Opariuc, Co-founder
- Mark McKenzie, Co-founder
- Jake Youssefzadeh, Co-founder
- Adam McIntee, Co-founder
- Mike Waites, CTO
Nucanon (Stori) (Australia)
Collaborative game and narrative design software.
Nucanon exists to democratise game design and make the creative process of building expansive game worlds accessible to more people. Leveraging advanced AI tools purpose-built for co-creative storytelling and game design, Nucanon enables small teams and hobbyists to generate lore-consistent game elements like characters, locations, quests and dialogues, allowing for faster, more dynamic story and worldbuilding.
Futureverse is a leader in revolutionary AI and metaverse technologies that enable open, scalable, and interoperable apps, games and experiences. Futureverse maintains one of the largest digital collectible communities in the world and has amassed an expansive cultural footprint within the metaverse space and beyond through strategic partnerships with the world’s leading IP and brands. Futureverse recently signed with Creative Artists Agency for representation across Film/TV, sports, music, consumer products, and more. For more information, visit futureverse.com.
About Born Ready
Born Ready is a venture fund and studio focused on scaling early-stage web3 and metaverse technology ventures, along with accelerating the development and adoption of emerging startups that hold strategic collaboration potential with Futureverse or The Root Network. Born Ready was co-founded by experienced and respected multi-hyphen venture capitalist-operator-entrepreneurs Shara Senderoff and Aaron McDonald, who also co-founded Futureverse.
For more information visit bornready.ventures.