December 7, 2021 – Zug, Switzerland
Starly, the launchpad and marketplace for gamified NFTs, has just closed its pre-IDO funding round with $6.1 million raised from numerous global investors, led by Spartan Group.
The funding round includes some of the most notable investors such as Dapper Labs, Animoca Brands, LD Capital, Double Peak, Axia8, Youbi Capital, Shima.capital, SkyVision Capital and high-profile angels including Marat Kichikov, managing partner at BitFury Group, who joins in advisor capacity as well.
Kelvin Koh, co-founder, partner and CIO of lead investor Spartan Capital, said,
“We view Starlywith its unique mechanism for creators to create NFT collections as part of the broader trend of NFT creation and collection becoming more accessible to mainstream audiences.”
Marat Kichikov, managing partner at the BitFury Group and Starly advisor, added,
“The NFT market is one of the fastest-growing out there. It will revolutionize a lot of things we use today. The Starly team has a clear vision on how to utilize the technology and build an innovative experience, emphasizing the collection phenomenon. Starly connects creators and collectors, helping non-crypto users benefit from the technology. I’m pleased to support the team with my investment and join as advisor.”
Starly is a launchpad and marketplace that enables users to collect and exchange NFTs, giving birth to a gamified ecosystem where collectors can buy and sell their assets in order to complete valuable collections.
Ilja Terebin, CEO of Starly, said,
“Although the NFT ecosystem is still in its infancy, projects are already becoming set in their ways. It’s hard to find true innovation from the same NFT issuing and reselling market, but at Starly we’ve created something truly differenta platform where NFTs can be instantly minted, gamified, given rare status and used as both part of a collection and as something users can enjoy.”
Starly has generated more than $750,000 in sales since its launch in late September and has become a strategic partner of the very popular Flow Fest, providing the infrastructure that hosted its famous ‘mystery pack giveaway’ and involved around 70,000 users.
After a fruitful period of fundraising and partnerships, the Flow-backed platform has also announced the launch of its STARLY token. IDO will take place on December 20, 2021, followed by listing on tier 1 exchange on December 21.
Starly is a launchpad and marketplace for gamified NFT collections. Aimed to make the NFT creating, selling and collecting as simple as possible, it offers the ultimate experience to creators and their fans. Created by an experienced team who previously founded social networks F3 with over 30 million users and Ask.fm with over 150 million users, Starly is powered by the engines and techniques used for creating virality.
About Spartan Group
Spartan Group is a leading blockchain investment and advisory firm based in Singapore and Hong Kong. Spartan Group’s partners are former veterans from the banking, hedge fund and venture capital worlds. It offers bespoke advisory services for leading blockchain projects and companies seeking to implement their Asia expansion, fundraising and ecosystem strategies. In addition, they also invest in blockchain projects via the investment arm.
Alex Hrisanfov, vice president of business development at Starly