Is Uncollateralized Lending Still A Thing?

Part I: Market Situation Introduction Our new thesis The Open Metaverse Under Attack – Fight Back introduced many encouraging growth paths for the Web3 space. In this article the focus will be on a specific sector with a lot of potential as well. The US market for unsecured personal loans alone reached $210b in Q1 […]

Diffusion Best Bits #2, with Arinze Clifford of Outlier Ventures

We’re back with another episode highlighting some of the best conversation at Diffusion Digital, curated by Arinze Clifford of Outlier Ventures as he goes through a few of his favourite moments. If you found these discussions exciting you can sign up for our next event at Want to be a guest on The Metaverse […]

What happened at Diffusion? A breakdown of key themes and trends

Last week’s Diffusion was our biggest yet. Diffusion is a quarterly opportunity for Outlier to take stock of wider market learnings, and analyze key trends in the space. Diffusion is also an opportunity for the latest cohort teams to showcase what they’ve learned in the past three months. This blog post is dedicated to our […]

Base Camp applications for 2023 are open.

We are bringing you the opportunity to join Base Camp before the end of this year, with four more programs open for applications now. Outlier Ventures has been backing startup founders since 2014. Following huge growth in 2022, we are now the leading global Web3 accelerator and a top three crypto investor globally by volume […]

This Time It Is Not a Crypto Winter

Firstly, what is a Technology Winter? A winter, in the context of a technology cycle, was first used in reference to the AI community back in 1984 in a public debate as ‘a chain reaction that began with pessimism in its technology community, followed by pessimism in the press, a severe cutback in funding, followed […]

Using Off-chain Identities On-chain

Why our real-life identities cannot be used trustlessly Although the digital frontier of web3 makes grand promises of ‘trustlessness’ and ‘decentralization’, this could be argued to be more of an elusive dream than a real possibility. Many vectors of centralisation exist, and chief among them is the management of our real-life identities. Currently, we cannot […]

Recruitment for Base Camp cohort 8 is now open. Time to build.

Outlier Ventures was founded in 2014, which has meant that we have had the opportunity to experience several web3 cycles over the years. Naturally, market events trigger the entrance or exodus of builders in the space. Whilst market cycles are seasonal, our commitment to backing great founders and accelerating early stage startups exponentially grows. When […]

Announcing Diffusion 2022: The biggest Open Metaverse conference coming March 28th-30th

We are now watching the emergence of the Open Metaverse, a common open economic layer built from shared open-source protocols, open infrastructure, and a single unifying yet open financial system. New business models, principles, and technologies are emerging through DeFi, NFTs, Decentralized Governance & Storage, Self-Sovereign Identity, and more. At Outlier Ventures, we were early […]

Outlier Ventures Announces Polygon x Base Camp to Accelerate the Polygon Startup Ecosystem

The Polygon ecosystem emerged in 2021 as the primary hub for scaling Ethereum-based apps, collecting more than $10 billion in value locked in the ecosystem through bridges from Ethereum, and hundreds of millions of dedicated venture capital is anticipated to enter the space to fund startups building on Polygon and leveraging its unique governance capabilities.  […]

Outlier Ventures Announces Polkadot x Base Camp to Accelerate the Polkadot Startup Ecosystem

Over the last year, the Polkadot network has experienced a moment of exponential growth. The highly anticipated parachain auctions and recent Karura/Kusama launches on the Acala Network are driving heightened network activity, and hundreds of millions of dedicated venture capital is anticipated to enter the space to fund mentored startups building on Polkadot and leveraging […]

Announcing Diffusion Digital: The ultimate Open Metaverse conference on July 28th & 29th

We are now witnessing the emergence of the Open Metaverse, a common open economic layer built from shared open-source protocols, open infrastructure, and a single unifying yet open financial system. New business models, principles, and technologies are emerging through DeFi, NFTs, Decentralized Governance & Storage, Self-Sovereign Identity, and more. At Outlier Ventures, we were early […]

Outlier Ventures launches Filecoin Base Camp

The Filecoin Base Camp accelerator is the first of Outlier Ventures’ collaboration programs. Each year, Outlier Ventures will align with organisations like Filecoin that are leading the development of core blockchain technologies to host dedicated accelerators, each consisting of ten startups that will participate in a 5-month program. Base Camp accelerators help startups refine business […]

Become a Base Camp Mentor!

You will have the opportunity to work with leading early stage teams around the world and be exposed to tech at the forefront of Web 3. Beyond just the meaningful relationships you will form with the teams and the overall Outlier Ventures network, these have the potential to turn into opportunities for investment, advisory or […]

Polkadot, Filecoin, Ocean Protocol, Polygon join Diffusion Digital to talk Web3 and NFTs with 30+ crypto projects and artists including BLOND:ISH and Deadmau5

We’ve gone from the initial experiments in Virtual Reality (VR) to a new conception of an economy linked to digital currencies and goods (NFTs), perfectly functioning with FIAT systems and physical assets. This new reality, bolstered by behavioral and economic shifts during the Covid-19 pandemic, will shape the next phase of decentralized technologies. However, the […]

Launching Diffusion Digital: virtual event and new Web 3 Founders podcast announced

Outlier Ventures, Europe’s award winning blockchain accelerator, have long advocated Web 3 is more than just Bitcoin and crypto-currencies. It is instead about the convergence of blockchain technologies with Big Data and AI and the collaboration of tens if not hundreds of foundational protocols and open source initiatives. Their passionate belief being only together they […]

We are an accelerator

We were an incubator. In the past, we incubated projects at R&D stage, in most cases over several years, from token design all the way to rolling out networks and customer go-to-markets, delivered by a team of 30 staff. As far as we are aware we were the first incubator globally to hire a Head […]

Outlier Ventures reveals its top blockchain predictions for 2020

Over 11 years since the creation of Bitcoin, 2020 will be the year we follow the S-Curve of technology diffusion out of the period of Installation and into Deployment, where we see ‘synergy’ and ‘consolidation’ of the technology begin to take effect. Blockchain will finally grow up, with institutional money trickling into the market based […]

Outlier Ventures Invests in Alkemi

Two seismic problems exist in finance. Within more traditional capital markets & banking, the market is encumbered by out-moded legacy infrastructure. Within the the more emergent digital assetization arena the markets are inefficient due to a lack of liquidity.   So we are delighted to confirm, Outlier Ventures are the lead advisor and an investor […]

What happened at Diffusion 2019?

Hundreds of developers, protocols, teams and individuals in the blockchain, artificial intelligence and IoT space joined for two days of intense hacking, talks and workshops at Factory Berlin. Our objective was to drive interoperability by joining forces to grow Web3.  The tone and format of the event was not about crypto theatre, ego and noise, […]

Outlier Ventures announces strategic partnership with Enigma Protocol

Today we can announce we have made a significant investment in, and have become a strategic advisor to Enigma, a decentralised secure computation protocol.    Partnering with the Outlier Ventures platform will enable Enigma to scale and diffuse their network at a new rate. The partnership will enable Enigma to join a family of world […]

Outlier Ventures wins ‘Hottest Blockchain Investor 2019’ at The Europas Awards

After an intense round of public voting and judge’s deliberations, the winners were announced on the 27th of June at The Europas Awards for European Tech Startups 2019 where Outlier Ventures won the award for Hottest Blockchain Investor. [ovgallery id=”5JCsLsPC”] Outlier Ventures Business Development Manager Catherine Thomas alongside Managing Partner Stephan Apel accepted the award […]

Outlier Ventures are nominated for the UKBAA Angel Investment Awards 2019

This Award recognises the investment in an early stage entrepreneur that has embraced the power of deep technologies such as AI, machine learning, IOT or robotics to converge with key sectors and industries to achieve fundamental breakthroughs to key social or global challenges or needs. Our company, Outlier Ventures, was the main investor and have […]

Outlier Ventures Head of Crypto-economics team wins Award

The Enterprise Blockchain Awards (EBA) in April unveiled the winners including Outlier Ventures Head of Crypt-economics, Eden Dhaliwal, at a gala ceremony in downtown Toronto. The Ceremony, which took place on the 24th of April, brought together the brightest and best of the international community. The gala featured a special performance by award-winning musician and […]

Outlier Ventures are nominated for the UK Open Source Awards

The UK Open Source Awards, now in their 6th year, is a non-profit event that celebrates and acknowledges the contributions from the community of technology experts that make open source such a powerful and unstoppable disruptive force in the current technology landscape. Within the four different categories – Individual, Company, Student and Public Sector & […]

Fetch.AI and Outlier Ventures Become Sovrin Stewards

Stewards on the Sovrin network are responsible for write and read functions on the Sovrin ledger. The new stewards include  Fetch.AI and Outlier Ventures as well as AyanWorks and One Global. The network currently has stewards from 13 different countries around the globe. Fetch.AI will be using the Sovrin network to provide its autonomous agents self-sovereign […]

Outlier Ventures and list of global investors back $4 Million Raise for Agoric to enable secure JavaScript for blockchain-based smart contracts

Foundational distributed electronic markets development team close round to scale the team and build commercial solutions New York, NY (May 13, 2019) — Agoric today announced the successful completion of their latest investment round with an impressive array of global investors including gumi Cryptos Capital, Interchain Foundation (Cosmos), Kilowatt Capital, Lemniscap, MetaStable Capital, Outlier Ventures, […]

Killing Crypto: Outlier Ventures’ 2019 Predictions

This time last year we predicted there needed to be a crypto winter, something we hoped to happen sooner rather than later. As painful as it has been for everyone we believe it was the medicine the industry needed to professionalise. There was too much hype with too little value in the public market, something we had been talking about since early 2017.

Outlier Ventures joins the Chamber of Digital Commerce

Leading blockchain and Web 3.0 venture capital firm Outlier Ventures today announces it has joined the Chamber of Digital Commerce to actively support the organisation’s mission of promoting the acceptance and use of digital assets.

IOTA Foundation Structuring

In Q2 of 2017, Outlier Ventures were the first institutional backers of the IOTA initiative in advance of their listing on exchanges.

Outlier Ventures has been nominated at the Techcrunch Europa Awards

[image id=’2200′] Outlier Ventures are delighted to have been nominated at the Techcrunch Europa Awards as the Hottest European Blockchain Investor. Founded in 2009 and still run today by Mike Butcher, The Europas celebrates the most forward-thinking, innovative tech companies across 20+ categories. The votes will be combined with expert judges and the winner will be announced […]

Outlier Ventures joins major automakers, startups, technology companies and others to launch Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative (MOBI)

BMW, Bosch, Ford, General Motors, Renault, ZF, Accenture, Context Labs, IBM, and others participate as founding members [image id=’2111′] New consortium explores how blockchain will reinvent mobility and address industry shifts [Dubai], May 2, 2018 at 12:00pm GMT — MOBI, the Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative, announces its formation to explore blockchain for use in a […]

Outlier Ventures joins the British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association

[image id=’2101′ alignment=’center’] Welcoming Europe’s first blockchain VC signals the maturity of blockchain investment and distributed ledger technology Leading blockchain and Web 3.0 venture capital firm Outlier Ventures announces it has joined the British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association to actively engage with the British VC community on the emerging blockchain and distributed ledger […]

Meet our latest venture: Fetch.AI

Firstly it’s a great pleasure to finally be able to talk about this project. At Outlier Ventures we have been working intensively with the team (in stealth) for over 14 months, the longest of any of our advisory projects to date. Because it’s been ‘dark’ during that time, except for a few select enterprise partners, it has created a lot of mystique and curiosity.

Why we are investing in Ocean Protocol

THE PROBLEM   The world has a data problem. The more we create, the more we are forced to entrust it all to fewer data monopolies to profit from. Data is also siloed, and generally hosted on proprietary databases across vast systems, geographies and business units. Whilst there have been fixes and APIs that have […]

Jamie Burke interviewed on CNBC’s Squawkbox

Jamie had the opportunity to appear on Squawkbox on CNBC this morning, here’s an excerpt of his interview with the hosts on the bitcoin bull run, the development of the blockchain ecosystem and our view on the real long term potential being the foundations of a new internet.

Outlier Ventures joins the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance

Firms’ experts will share knowledge and advocate for blockchain adoption across financial markets London (November 28, 2017) — We are pleased to announce that Outlier Ventures, the leading blockchain and Web 3.0 venture capital firm, has joined the non-profit trade association the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance as a corporate member. Outlier brings a wealth of experience in […]

Why We’re Investing in… Botanic & SEED Token

[image id=’807′] THE PROBLEM   Today, AI is all around us, with bots generating more Internet traffic than people (Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Annual Report). Yet these bots are largely still perceived as crude, mostly obvious and somehow separate but that is about to rapidly change, as the bot market is growing in volume […]

Outlier Ventures becomes lead investor in Botanic Technologies and SEED Token

Botanic’s patented technology allows SEED Token to underpin open source AI future London (6 November 2017) — Leading blockchain and Web 3.0 venture capital firm Outlier Ventures becomes lead investor in, and strategic partner of, Botanic Technologies Inc., a leading multimodal bot development company based in San Francisco, California. Botanic Technologies is comprised of a team […]

Why We’re Investing in… Evernym & The Sovrin Foundation

If you have spoken to me recently you will know myself and the Outlier team are really very excited to have announced at the beginning of the month becoming Evernym’s, and the Sovrin Foundation and it’s token’s, lead investor and strategic partner. As with every investment we wanted to find some time to provide the […]

Outlier Ventures backs Evernym to bring the world true self-sovereign identity

Outlier Ventures takes on the role of Evernym’s lead investor and strategic partner London (3 October 2017) — Leading blockchain and Web 3.0 venture capital firm Outlier Ventures becomes an investor in, and strategic partner of, Evernym the foremost developer of self sovereign identity technologies and inventor of Sovrin, the global public utility for decentralised […]

Community Token Economies

This white paper is a review of the current state of the ICO (initial coin offering) phenomena that has emerged since 2013, and has now gone mainstream in the early part of 2017. It discusses its benefits as an innovation, primarily to better enable open source communities to self-finance and realise new decentralised digital economies […]

3 Year Partnership with Imperial College’s Blockchain Lab

The Imperial College  Centre for Cryptocurrency Research & Engineering (IC3RE) at Imperial College London has joined forces with blockchain investment group to undertake a 3-year R&D program focused on the convergence of industrial blockchain with other ‘deep tech’ technologies like IoT, machine learning and autonomous robotics.

Lawrence Lundy Joins Outlier Ventures

Blockchains are not just the next growth market or investment opportunity; they are the most significant democratising force in history. With this is mind, I am joining Outlier Ventures to head up research and partnerships. I will split my time between providing research to our portfolio companies and exploring new investment opportunities and venture partnerships […]