“It’s usually the groups of people that build things, create the components that end up deciding the principles and policies that end up affecting everybody.” – Juan Benet, CEO & Founder at Protocol Labs
Filecoin & IPFS are foundation blocks of the Open Metaverse, each offering scalability and ease of integration. The storage protocol hosts a myriad of other features including interoperability, a further improvement to speed and increased accessibility of various datasets, presenting substantial market opportunities for technical builders in the space. On account of these strides, we remain bullish on leveraging the Protocol Labs stack across the entire Web3 data supply and cross-chain dApps.
We have been investing in The Open Data Economy since 2014, which at the present day has grown into the Open Metaverse as we know it. We have always been early backers in this space including projects such as Ocean Protocol, Secret Network and Fetch.ai. This has enabled us to create an incredibly powerful ecosystem of partners, co-investors and mentors aligned with our mission to accelerate the metaverse. To date, we have helped develop, finance and launch close to 130 startups and protocols, a number we will now double in the next 12 months alone.
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 identity, DAOs, AI synthetic media, NFT tooling and creator platforms that combine creativity with the Open Metaverse interoperability. The selected founders are from a variety of backgrounds from crypto natives united by a passion for building to serial web2 entrepreneurs. Each of our founders demonstrate the long term strategic focus and perseverance required to successfully execute and deliver their vision.
In the past, we have invested in great teams building within the Filecoin ecosystem, such as OP Games, Functionland, and Fayre. Our mission for the Filecoin Base Camp goes beyond helping great teams succeed, we want to contribute to the growth of the Filecoin ecosystem as a whole.
Influencer marketing faces two major challenges. Firstly, influencer campaigns are run manually. Secondly, brands do not have accurate performance data, which means that they don’t understand what influencers or content are driving traffic and sales.
Edge is a Web3 creator platform that fully automates the operations of an influencer campaign. The platform can validate that content has gone live and measure the performance of each piece of content in real-time, turning influencer marketing into a performance channel.
Me3.eth – Providing web3 with a decentralized access point for expression, discovery, and identity
Web3 has given rise to a whole range of new content and links that people want to share, however, they lack the ability to do so easily. Further, the costs of setting up crypto domains on ENS can be high and it is hard for companies to set up domains for their users
Me3 provides a simple platform for anyone to share their web2 and web3 content in one place. The Me3 platform allows anyone to easily create a profile and curate their crypto addresses, NFTs, links, on-chain activity, off-chain activity, while also ensuring ETH domains can be easily obtained.
Most virtual worlds in existence today lack depth and offer little to the user beyond a blank canvas to build on.
Metropolis is offering a curated, artist-drawn functional virtual world complete with a digi-physical marketplace, exclusive events, and end-to-end gamification.
Pollinations: The engine for personalized synthetic media & NFTs
Creating personalized media at scale is complicated and costly, whilst utilizing AI-powered generative tools is not a highly accessible option for artists and creators.
Pollinations integrates community-developed AI models into a user-friendly frontend with artist-focused platforms. Artists are given the means to create scalable fascinating digital imagery, avatars, 3D models and other synthetic media.
Made for Gamers: The infrastructure aggregation layer for gaming
The accessibility of Web3 tools for game creators and indie studios is often siloed or nonexistent.
Made for Gamers provides developers with curated and packaged tools helping them easily launch Web3 enabled games. Developers also receive access to infrastructure providers and a communities of gamers actively looking to play their games.
Sgnal: Social insights for NFTs, powered by AI
Having a strong community is the secret to the success for any NFT project, however, these data points and metrics have historically been difficult to quantify and often easily manipulated.
Sgnal is a platform that gauges the quality of NFT communities, with AI-powered, real-time analysis in an easy-to-digest form. It correlates on-chain and off-chain sources with AI to deliver powerful sentiment-focused data analytics helping NFT buyers build better portfolios.
Shamba: A geospatial oracle powering web3 climate change solutions
Geospatial data is cumbersome, difficult to work with for non-specialists and expensive to analyze on-chain.
Shamba is creating a decentralized oracle network to provide dynamic geospatial data and advanced analysis enabling developers to build robust Web3 applications.
Please follow our cohort on social media and keep in mind that if you are thinking of building in Web 3 and might be interested in joining our next cohort you can pre-register your interest here. You can also book a call with the Outlier Ventures investment team during our office hours to ask questions or assess your options.
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