The UK Web 3 venture capital space seems promising as a16z leads a $43 million round while crypto investments globally fall from $1.8 billion in June 2022 to around $520 million in June 2023.
Andreessen Horowitz’s a16z crypto led a UK blockchain-related artificial intelligence startup’s $43 million round in an otherwise bleak funding year for crypto.
A16z Bets on UK Web 3 and AI Potential
At around $216 million, infrastructure investments accounted for crypto’s largest slice of VC money, followed by decentralized finance and gaming. Coinbase Ventures and Hong Kong’s HashKey Capital were the most active investors in the space.
After a16z’s $43 million investment in UK-based Gensyn, Mythical Games’ Series C1 followed closely with $37 million.
While Prime Minister Rishi Sunak sought to attract crypto investments in the UK by vowing to make the nation a crypto hub as chancellor, his attention has recently been diverted to the cost-of-living crisis plaguing UK citizens.
Inflation in May was well above 7%, causing the central bank to tighten monetary policy and stoke recession fears.
Prime Minister Shifts Focus to AI Amid Ratification of New Crypto Laws
A Thursday press release revealed that King Charles III of the UK gave royal assent to a new bill recognizing crypto trading as a regulated financial activity. The approval follows the bill’s passage through the upper house of Parliament on June 19.
Economic Secretary Andrew Griffith states that the new law would permit regulatory sandboxes testing blockchain use cases in traditional markets.
“By repealing old EU laws set in Brussels, it will unlock billions in investment – cash that can unlock innovation and grow the economy.”
The bill defines cryptocurrencies as a “cryptographically secured digital representation of value or contractual rights.” Recent legislation passed in South Korea also defined digital assets explicitly.
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