Fostering RWA Innovation in IOTA Ecosystem

The IOTA APAC Accelerator, in collaboration with Tenity, is a 12-week Singapore-based initiative focusing on early-stage projects developing Real-World Asset (RWA) tokenization products and infrastructure. The program, running from June to September 2024, offers selected startups a $50,000 grant, expert guidance, and networking opportunities, culminating in a Demo Day at Token2049. Applications are open for Web3 builders planning to leverage IOTA EVM technology in RWA, DeFi, and related areas.

The  IOTA Ecosystem DLT Foundation is excited to introduce the IOTA APAC Accelerator, a Singapore-based initiative developed in collaboration with Tenity, the global innovation ecosystem and early-stage investor. The 12-week Accelerator is designed to nurture entrepreneurial talent within the IOTA ecosystem, with a focus on early-stage projects that are developing Real-World Asset (RWA) tokenization products and infrastructure.

“As we embark on this journey with Tenity, we aim to create an environment where Web3 innovation thrives,” says Dominik Schiener, Co-Founder and Chair of the IOTA Foundation.”The Asia-Pacific ecosystem is constantly inspiring and becoming a global focus for DeFi, so Singapore is the ideal venue for this Accelerator.”

Singapore is the number eight startup ecosystem in the Global Startup Ecosystem Report 2023, which highlights Singapore’s pro-business environment, booming digital economy, around 4,000 tech startups, and status as a Fintech innovation hotbed. Regarding DeFi, the APAC region has seen significant investment momentum (with the APAC market described by Nasdaq as “one of the fastest-growing regions for Web3”), major Web3 events, and clear regulatory guidelines, with SocialFi poised to drive future adoption (according to Campaign, “Access to permissionless financial services with just a smartphone, along with positive consumer attitudes toward blockchain and cryptocurrencies, has translated into a growing adoption of blockchain wallets.”)

About the Accelerator

Scheduled to run from June to September 2024, the IOTA Accelerator invites innovative teams leveraging IOTA EVM technology in areas such as RWA, DeFi, Institutional DeFi Services, and Infrastructure.

The Accelerator’s curriculum is crafted to thoroughly explore market entry barriers, identify needs, and develop effective monetization strategies before its validation phase refines strategic blueprints.

The Accelerator will culminate with a Demo Day during Token2049, providing participating startups with an opportunity to showcase their progress in Singapore to a truly global audience.

Selected startups will receive a USD 50,000 grant, guidance from industry experts, tailored advice on product-market fit, and networking opportunities with potential investors and business allies.

“We're excited to be supporting the next generation of blockchain pioneers," adds Jonas Thuerig, Head APAC at Tenity. "Through our hybrid model of engagement, we're blending the digital and the tangible to redefine blockchain's frontiers with IOTA. It's not just support; it's a launchpad.”

About Tenity

Tenity is a leading global innovation ecosystem and early-stage investor powering the future of finance with a presence in Switzerland, Singapore, Nordics, Spain, Turkey, and the UK. Its vision is to bring together ambitious founders with leading corporations, forward-thinking investors, and passionate mentors – and together, create ecosystems that power the future of finance and beyond.

Today, Tenity counts six hubs, runs corporate innovation programs in more than 15 countries, has worked with over 65 corporate partners, and has supported more than 1600 startups through its programs.

Apply now

Applications for the IOTA APAC Accelerator in Singapore are now open, inviting Web3 builders to seize this opportunity to shape the future of decentralized finance. Find out more about the program in the official Tenity press release.

If you’re part of a robust Web3-focused startup team that leverages (or plans to leverage) IOTA EVM to build products in areas like RWA, DeFi, Institutional DeFi Services, and Infrastructure, apply here. As ever, if you have any follow-up questions, reach out to us on Discord.

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