Top Crypto Fund Launches of 2022

Through July of 2022, crypto funds have already raised over $17 billion in new funds. In just the first 7 months of the year, and despite significant headwinds stemming from a collapse in cryptoasset prices, crypto funds are close to surpassing the record $18 billion raised in 2021.

Andreessen Horowitz’s crypto division, a16z crypto, announced in May it had raised $4.5 billion for its latest crypto fund. This is nearly $2 billion more than the next largest raise, Paradigm’s $2.5 billion fund announced late in 2021.

Though there have been some crypto hedge fund raises in 2022, the marjority of large new funds are from venture firms. 25 venture capital and hedge funds have launched funds with over $100 million so far in 2022. This compares to 27 such funds were raised in all of 2021.

 

Here are the top 12 crypto fund launches of 2022:

1) a16z Crypto – $4.5 billion

2) FTX – $2.0 billion

3) Pantera Captial – $1.3 billion

4) Dragonfly Capital – $645 million

5) Sequoia Capital – $600 million

6) Bain Capital – $560 million

7) Binance Labs – $500 million

8) Variant Fund- $450 million

9 Blossom Capital – $432 million

10) Multicoin Capital – $430 million

11) Framework Ventures – $400 million

12) Castle Island Ventures – $250 million

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a16z Crypto

Andreessen Horowitz announced in May it had raised its fourth crypto fund. At $4.5 billion the fund is easily the largest crypto fund ever raised.

When a16z announced its $2.2 billion fund last summer the glory was short lived – just a few months later Paradigm revealed it had raised $2.5 billion for its fund. With its $4.5 billion raise, a16z keeps itself atop the crypto fund leaderboard.

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FTX Ventures

Launched by cryptocurrency exchange FTX, FTX Ventures’ inaugural fund will be led by former Lightspeed Venture Partners’ Amy Wu.

The fund is launching with $2 billion in capial. Check sizes are reported to range from as little as $100,000 to tens or hundreds of millions.

Pantera Capital

Pantera Capital raised two funds in 2021 totaling nearly $1 billion. Its $1.3 billion Select Fund announced in April, 2022 is the firm’s largest blockchain fund launch to date.

Pantera had initially set out to raise only $600 million. The current size of the fund reflects growing investor appetite for crypto funds in Q4 2021 and Q1 2022.

Dragonfly Capital

The $645 million Dragonfly Ventures III fund is Dragonfly’s largest fund to close and is more than twice as large as the firm’s prevoius two funds combined

With the large size of the new fund, Dragonfly hopes to lead rounds in later stage blockchain companies.

Sequoia Capital

Venture capital giant Sequoia Capital is no stranger to making crypto and blockchain investments. However, the firm’s $600 million Sequoia Crypto Fund is their first dedicated crypto fund.

The fund will focus on digital assets and liquid tokens including in Web 3, DeFi, NFTs, payments and gaming.

Bain Capital

Like Sequoia, Bain Capital is an active venture investor, but its new $560 million fund is its first dedicated blockchain or crypto fund.

Broadly speaking, the fund, called BCV Crypto Fund I, will invest largely in DeFi and Web3 with a specific focus on protocols and native tokens.

Binance Labs

Binance Labs, part of the largest cryptocurrency exchange, announced last October it would launch a $1 billion fund. It followed that up in June 2022 with a new $500 million fund.

The fund will invest in a variety of blockchain and crypto projects with a focus on Web3 and blockchain adoption.

Blossom Capital

London-based Blossom Capital raised $432 million for its new crypto and technology fund. Blossom had previously invested in Moonpay.

Though the fund will not exclusively invest in crypto, it will be focused on payments solutions, for which crypto presents numerous emerging opportunities.

Variant Fund

Variant Fund announced its third crypto fund in late-July – a $450 million fund that includes both a seed fund and a so-called opportunity fund – together called Variant Fund III.

The seed fund will invest in NFT protocols, stablecoins, and other financial products within DeFi.

Multicoin Capital

Austin, TX-based Multicoin Capital announced a $250 million crypto fund in 2021. Multicoin followed up that fund with its 4th fund, a $430 million fund, in 2022

Earlier in 2021, Multicoin Capital was reported to have received a significant investment from Binance.

Framework Ventures

Framework Ventures announced its third fund in April, FVIII. The $400 million fund was reportedly oversubscribed.

The fund will invest in gaming, Web3, and DeFi startups. Framework has made more than 40 investments in crypto and blockchain startups since its founding in 2019.

Castle Island Ventures

At $250 million, Castle Island Venture’s third digital asset fund is also its largest. Castle Island Ventures III will target various startups, particularly financial services in Web3.

Castle Island has previously invested in Bitwise, Casa, Moonpay, and BlockFi.

In addition to the 12 crypto fund launches above, 13 other venture funds raised at least $100 million for new funds in 2022 including:

13) Hack VC – $200 million

14) Archetype – $150 million

15) 6th Man Ventures – $145 million

16) dao5 – $125 million

17) White Star Capital – $120 million

18) Ledger Cathay – $110 million

19) Cryptos Capital – $110 million

20) Gumi Cryptos – $110 million

21) Solana Ventures – $100 million

22) KuCoin – $100 million

23) Fortis Digital Ventures  -$100 million

24) Cypher Capital – $100 million

25) Old Fashioned Research – $100 million

 

 

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