Incubation Market Research

How incubators work?

Firstly, they provide knowledge transfer, ensuring the entrepreneur has access to the information they need. Secondly, they provide a key network of investors, service providers and stakeholders to help establish and scale the business. Finally they can also provide a vital source of early-stage finance before a larger round is progressed. As well, a business that enters an incubator can be seen as 'championed' and thus create a good foundation for the potential future ahead.

As with all investments, incubator companies are taking an educated guess that the projects they take on will eventually turn a profit. Inevitably, this doesn’t always work out. Phan said, citing data from CryptoRank, that very few projects have returned on their investment to date:

The average return on investment for all IEO projects are currently positive only for projects that launched with Binance and For the other 11 exchanges, the current average return on investment for their IEO projects are negative.

Programs overview

Huobi DeFi Labs

Outlier Ventures

It’ll be a 12-week program that will run fully virtually and globally, starting in January 2021 where we provide:

3-month bespoke accelerator program $50k immediate funding for 5% equity/tokens Up to $200k total funding available per team Legal and back-office support World-beating ecosystem of investment, enterprise and tech partners Community of alumni and friends of Outlier Ventures

We’re targeting a cohort of up to 10 companies building in:

Fintech & DeFi Metaverse Data Economy Web 3 Consumer Tech


  • Matic Network is an Ethereum sidechain that can handle up to 65,000 transactions per second; it raised $5 million in an initial exchange offering in 2019.
  • Pledges $5M in Tokens to Entice DeFi Projects Into Building on Its Network
  • Matic has already given out more than $1 million in grants, although it hasn't revealed any of the beneficiaries.

Binance Labs Incubation Program

Binance is the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange and manages billions of dollars worth of digital tokens on a regular basis. Earlier this year, Binance announced a $1 billion investment fund to back blockchain and crypto startups. Following that announcement, Binance also announced the new incubation program which will take on around 8-10 companies per batch for a 10-week period. Binance Labs will hand out $500,000 to each program participant in exchange for a 10 per cent stake in the business.

Coinbase Ventures

Coinbase is one of the most established names in the blockchain space thanks to its exchange services which provide a fiat to cryptocurrency gateway in the U.S. and Europe. In a recent blog post announcement, the San Francisco based company said, “We’ll be providing financing to promising early-stage companies that have the teams and ideas that can move the space forward in a positive, meaningful way.”

Conflux a decentralized finance consortium, Open DeFi

Framwork Labs Основатели Framework Labs Майкл Андерсон и Вэнс Спенсер разработали новую инвестиционную модель под названием Network Capital для инвестирования в DeFi-компании на нескольких этапах: от формирования стартапа и предоставления стейкинга до обеспечения ликвидности и создания новых приложений поверх протоколов.

CATENA (Capital Blockchain Accelerator CRYPTOTANK)

CATENA Capital based in Berlin, Germany sources and co-creates the most successful blockchain and cryptocurrency companies. According to their LinkedIn, they fund, incubate and accelerate up to an ICO (Initial Coin Offering).

The Garage

Meet The Garage, a new incubator in Paris that is all about blockchain projects. Co-founded by Cyril Paglino from Starchain Capital, Fabrice Le Fessant from Dune Network and Oussama Ammar from The Family, the company will support blockchain startups, help big companies launch blockchain projects and educate engineers about blockchain development.

The LongHash

  • The LongHash incubation programme, which will last for 12 weeks and it will focus on open finance. The programme is aimed at providing blockchain startups with seed funding and venture building support.
  • Based in Singapore, LongHash is supported by Fenbushi Capital, HashKey Capital, and Enterprise Singapore. The company said it has raised over US$16 million in funding to date for its portfolio, which includes projects such as Xanpool, AlphaWallet, and Keyless.
  • The seven startups are Hong Kong-based fintech firm CreditMark, Singapore-based Hashtacs, Egypt-based Pravica, US-based Puma Power, India’s Statwig, Viewbase and Xend.
  • According to reports in the media, LongHash will provide these seven startups with modules designed or strategy formulation, go-to-market execution, and subject matter guidance.
  • LongHash is also backed by the Singaporean government.

Chain Accelerator

  • Chain accelerator is the biggest blockchain accelerator in Europe, based in StationF, the largest startup campus in the world.
  • Building an active ecosystem with blockchains, universities, corporates, institutions, and investors. Offering end to end blockchain solutions.
  • We work closely with leading blockchain companies, thought leaders, Top 500 Fortune companies and advise governments. We launched and hosted the Paris Blockchain Week Summit in April.

a16z Crypto Fund II

  • a new $515 million fund that will be used to invest in crypto networks and businesses. Here are some of the areas we’re excited about:
  • Next Generation Payments
  • Modern Store of Value
  • Decentralized Finance
  • New Ways for Creators to Monetize
  • Web 3
  • Own incubation program

Y Combinator

The firm recently took part in a $4.2 million funding round for TRM, a digital currency compliance and risk management service provider. TRM is an alumnus of Y Combinator’s startup incubator, and has reportedly offered its services to major banks and brokerage firms around the world. Y Combinator lists a number of cryptocurrency firms among its top exits, including SFOX and Coinbase.

Compound / Robot ventures

Arweave's Open Web Fellowship