Celo ecosystem projects raise $77.3M in support of interoperability, ReFi

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Projects building on the Celo blockchain have collectively raised $77.3 million in support of various business initiatives, underscoring the growing adoption of the payments-focused developer network. 

Celo announced on Oct. 27 that projects impactMarket, Loam, Tatum, Circular Impact, Sanergy, Hyperlane, RedStone and Jia secured the funding to further the adoption of Web3 business models.

The biggest raise came Tatum, a blockchain development platform and early Celo Foundation grant recipient, which secured $41.5 million. Hyperlane, an interchain communication protocol focused on interoperability, secured $18.5 million in seed funding led by venture firm Variant.

Projects focused on regenerative finance (ReFi) — including impactMarket, Loam and Sanergy — raised a combined $6 million. ReFi is an emerging paradigm within the crypto community focused on using blockchain and Web3 technology to address environmental and social issues. 

On the decentralized finance (DeFi) side, RedStone secured $7 million and Jia added $4.3 million in preseed funding.

Celo was founded in 2017 by former GoDaddy executives Rene Reinsberg and Marek Olszewski. The Celo platform provides payment infrastructure for digital assets through the use of mobile devices, with phone numbers acting as a proxy for private keys. In 2018, the company raised $6.5 million with backing from Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey and Citigroup chairman Dick Parsons, among others.

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