Kikitrade Raises $12M for Asia Pacific Expansion, Brings in Strategic Investment from Hedge Fund Billionaire Alan Howard
HONG KONG, June 10, 2021 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --
Cryptocurrency investment platform to tap into Asia's fast-growing retail investor market
--British hedge fund billionaire Alan Howard has become the latest backer of Asia-based crypto start-up Kikitrade, bringing its total capital raised to US$12 million.
--Kikitrade closed its $8m pre-series A funding round in April co-led by Sequoia-affiliated Dragonfly Capital and blockchain gaming unicorn Animoca Brands, with participation from the likes of Ethereum co-founder Joseph Lubin.
--The new funds will help Kikitrade accelerate growth in key markets, including Southeast Asia, Australia, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
Cryptocurrency investment platform Kikitrade today announced that it has received US$4 million in strategic funding from British hedge fund billionaire Alan Howard, underlining strong investor appetite in Asia's upsurging digital asset market.
Alan Howard's backing came shortly after Kikitrade closed its US$8 million pre-series A funding round in April, joined by a group of eminent international investors including Sequoia-affiliated Dragonfly Capital, blockchain gaming unicorn Animoca Brands and Ethereum co-founder Joseph Lubin. The extended round brought Kikitrade's total capital raised to US$12 million.
Debuted in Q4 2020, Kikitrade has recorded a robust growth in 2021, with its total number of registered users doubling in the last two months. More than two-thirds of its users are millennials or Generation Z.
The fresh capital will be invested in continuous product innovation, compliance, and user acquisition across Asia - with an emphasis on Southeast Asia, Australia, Taiwan, and Hong Kong - where cryptocurrencies' penetration rates are significantly lower than that in the United States.
Allen Ng, co-founder of Kikitrade, said, "The strategic backing from Mr. Alan Howard, a legendary investor that my team and I look up to, gives us a great deal of confidence to continuously innovate and drive the mass adoption of digital assets."
"Kikitrade has built an extremely user-friendly platform to enable adoption of digital assets among millennials and Gen Z users and we are very excited to partner with the team as they scale the platform in APAC," said Alan Howard.
Kikitrade is an all-in-one crypto investment platform that allows beginners to purchase and manage digital assets at ease, with a minimum investment amount of just US$1. The company was incubated by Everest Ventures Group (EVG) in 2020, a digital assets company that has participated in many renowned blockchain projects. Kikitrade strives to be the most secure and user-friendly gateway for millennials and first-time investors to start their crypto investments.
About Alan Howard
Alan Howard is the co-founder of Brevan Howard Asset Management, one of the world's top macro-hedge funds. He has invested in multiple leading companies in the blockchain space, including Europe's largest digital assets investment house Coinshares, Intercontinental Exchange-owned crypto start-up Bakkt, and EOS's developer Block.one. He is also a large shareholder of Elwood.io, a tech platform that enables institutions to access crypto markets.