NFT or fungible token: which is right for me?

Web3-native teams often ask themselves whether they should issue an NFT or a fungible token. We’ve written this to guide you through the pros and cons of each and everything in between.

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 […]

Meet the next 33 teams building in the Metaverse!

Outlier Ventures is proud to present the 33 teams that we are accelerating this season! The teams are split across 4 Base Camp accelerator programs in partnership with FARFETCH, The HBAR Foundation, Protocol Labs and Polkadot. We have hand selected the best start-ups from over 1000 applications, to accelerate the teams that are shaping the […]

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 […]

Meet our summer 2022 Polygon cohort!

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. We […]

It’s time to meet the Base Camp 8 teams!

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. Base […]

Meet our Hedera Base Camp Cohort!

Our partnership with the HBAR Foundation is an important building block towards our mission to support the growth of the Open Metaverse. Over the course of this year, we have seen growing interest from large corporations and enterprises to participate in web3. Hedera hosts a myriad of features that cater towards the needs of these […]

Meet our Filecoin Base Camp 2 Cohort!

Following the success of the first Filecoin accelerator program last year, we are excited to announce the second cohort of our Filecoin Base Camp. We have handpicked teams from over 300 applicants, each building high quality components based on the Open Metaverse OS thesis. Participating teams cover themes across data oracles, gaming, virtual worlds, social […]

Investment – the first use-case for DAOs

How the first investment DAOs challenge venture capital In a previous article, we outlined why DAOs could be a paradigm shift for the architecture of human organisation. We also gave an overview of the three types of DAOs most active today: Protocol DAOs, Investment DAOs, and worker/social DAOs. In this article, we will dive into […]

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 […]

Meet our Polkadot Base Camp 2 Cohort!

We believe we have directly contributed to Polkadot’s development, and we are happy to announce our new Polkadot Base Camp cohort. We are accelerating 6 great teams from all over the globe, bringing the total number of teams building in the Polkadot ecosystem, in our portfolio, to 18. This new cohort includes projects building on […]

Meet our DeFi Base Camp Cohort!

In collaboration with New Order, the DeFi Base Camp is Outlier Ventures’ first Base Camp accelerator program dedicated to a specific sector within Web3. We have handpicked six teams from over 300 applicants, each of these teams are building in the DeFi space to bring solutions to the masses. These promising founders range from crypto […]

Outlier Ventures and Polygon launch the second iteration of Polygon Base Camp to support the next-generation Web3 applications

The strong partnership between Outlier Ventures and Polygon aims to enhance scalable blockchain solutions by leveraging Polygon’s existing network of builders, investors and developers to help launch a new breed of next-generation Web3 applications.‍ The Polygon Network is considered the primary hub for scaling blockchain applications, collecting more than $10 billion in value locked in […]

Why we invested in Altered State Machine (ASM)

The Frontier of AI The ASM platform provides any application (eg: game, metaverse, financial) the ability to create AI Agents which are owned as NFTs. These Agents can be created and trained to compete against each other, interact, control human actors and support a variety of other use cases. Each Agent is represented by a […]

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 […]

Meet our Polygon Base Camp Cohort!

Following the successful launch of ecosystem accelerators with Polkadot and Filecoin, Outlier Ventures has sourced eight dynamic teams, from 300+ applicants, all building on Polygon technologies. These promising founders range from crypto natives to previous Web2 founders and enterprise professionals and share one unifying trait: They are laser-focused and building high growth startups and decentralised […]

Meet our Base Camp 7 Cohort!

We’ve worked with some outstanding projects over the last year, selecting the top percentage of over 3500 start-ups applying to our programs. Base Camp 7 is no exception, with a highly curated cohort of 5 teams spanning from North America to New Zealand that represent the Open Metaverse OS and enable the convergence of technology, […]

Meet the Polkadot Base Camp Accelerator Cohort 1

Just as we predicted the convergence of blockchain tech with IoT, AI, VR & AR back in 2016 we are now seeing the convergence of Web 3 technologies with gaming, social media and virtual worlds as described in our latest  Open Metaverse OS thesis earlier this year in Jan 2021 forming the building blocks for […]

Meet our Base Camp 6 Cohort!

  Our Base Camp program is dedicated to supporting early-stage startups in the space as we are native to it and deeply understand its principles, technologies, and business models. Our incredible ecosystem of partners and growing number of collaborative accelerator programs will establish us as the Y Combinator of the Open Metaverse over the next […]

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.  […]

Meet Our Filecoin Base Camp Accelerator Cohort 1

    We are proud to announce our first cohort of teams into our dedicated Filecoin Base Camp, the only accelerator dedicated to the mission of an Open Metaverse.  At Outlier Ventures, we are the early investors in Web3; a digital future centered on user centricity and sovereignty of the individual, their identity, data and […]

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 […]

Meet our Base Camp 5 startups, The Open Metaverse Cohort…

  As early investors in the space, we foresaw the convergence of blockchains with other technologies such as IoT, AI, VR & AR, outlining our vision and thesis back in 2016.  Fast forward to 2021 and we are now witnessing the emergence of The Open Metaverse where NFTs and DeFi combine to create a common […]

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 […]

Base Camp greets its Fourth Cohort: Defi, NFTs, identity, and more…

As we pass through Crypto Spring it’s time for Base Camp to support the next 11 companies in our cohort running January – May 2021 we’re kicking off with a number of firsts. Our first investment going to a team on the African continent, our first Outlier Ventures spin-out in Base Camp, and, unusually for […]

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 […]

Unveiling the teams in our second Base Camp cohort

Our second cohort has a range of decentralised solutions across fintech, identity, insurance, data analytics, networking and data analytics. What draws them together is they are focused on solving real world problems today, both within the crypto space, and in broader industry. We are terming this theme “web 2.5”. In the journey towards web 3.0, […]

Announcing Base Camp Berlin, Summer 2020

As you may have seen recently, Outlier Ventures is kicking off the second month of 2020 with some updates. You may have read Jamie’s recent post clarifying our mission for the coming years, We are an accelerator we are excited today announce some developments in that journey. Next month, we are kicking off the second […]

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 […]

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, […]

Announcing our first Base Camp Accelerator cohort

Over the coming weeks we will be leveraging the combined resources of our tried and tested venture platform of experts, mentors and ecosystem we will add measurable value where each team needs it most. This isn’t a cookie-cutter program, but a bespoke solution for accelerating the billion dollar token networks and transformational web 3.0 businesses […]

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 and 18 organisations launch The Convergence Alliance to enable a new open data economy

A group of leading enterprise partners, venture capitalists, technologists, start-ups and academic Institutions join forces to better leverage blockchain to pioneer the next phase of The Web The 18 global founding members of The Convergence Alliance include; Deutsche Telekom Innovation Laboratories T-Labs, SAP, InMotion powered by Jaguar Land Rover, Smart Dubai, Imperial College London, Frankfurt […]

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 & […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 outlierventures.io 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 […]