South Korea to Invest $1B in Blockchain Startups

Blockchain is a revolutionary technology and an integral component of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, local authorities believe
19 February 2019   469

Until 2022, Seoul authorities are investing 1.2 trillion South Korean won ($ 1.07 billion) in fintech startups working with distributed ledger technology. This is reported by CoinDesk.

Funds will be allocated for the development of new technologies through the Seoul Innovation Growth Fund, created last year by local authorities. The foundation will support startups working on various solutions, including those that are in the early stages.

In the first half of this year, the Fund will allocate 13.25 billion won ($ 11.75 million) and 8.4 billion won ($ 7.45 million) in the second half of 2019. For the Korean authorities, the blockchain is a revolutionary technology and an integral component of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

The officials also noted that the average investment per start-up at an early stage of development in South Korea is almost seven times lower than, for example, in Silicon Valley.

Last fall, Seoul authorities submitted a five-year development plan for the blockchain industry.

CFTC to Approve LedgerX's Deliverable BTC Futures

At the same time, another platforms such as Bakkt, ErisX and Seed CX still awaiting regulatory approval
26 June 2019   65

Cryptocurrency derivatives provider LedgerX LLC has received a license from the Authorized Derivatives Market (DCM) from the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), which will allow it to launch the country's first bitcoin futures.

Deliveries for deliverable futures are made in the underlying asset, not in fiat funds. Thus, LedgerX outstripped the Bakkt, ErisX and Seed CX platforms, which are still awaiting regulatory approval.

At the same time, LedgerX intends to launch the Omni platform for trading options, swaps, and bitcoin futures for retail investors, since at the moment it does not see enough interest from institutional market participants.

However, it should be added that some experts have already expressed fears that the nature of the license received will not allow LedgerX to provide margin tools to customers, and Bakkt should have such functionality.

Recall about the intentions to obtain the appropriate permission and overtake competitors LedgerX said in April.