1inch Network, the decentralized exchange aggregator, has concluded a sizable Series B investment round, raising $175 million as part of a broader effort to expand protocol utility and increase access to liquidity within the decentralized finance (DeFi) market.
It has been reported that the investment round vastly exceeded the initial target of $70 million amid active participation from leading venture funds, 1inch Network disclosed Wednesday. Crypto-finance unicorn Amber Group led the funding round, which comprised roughly 50 investors. VanEck, Jane Street, Fenbushi Capital, Alameda Research, Celsius, Nexo, Tribe Capital, and Gemini Frontier Fund were among the investors.
However, 1inch Network will use the funds to increase its capacity for addressing the ongoing regulatory changes impacting the DeFi market. The funding will also be used to onboard institutional clients, build new protocols, and expand the utility of the 1INCH token, which has a total market capitalization of around $650 million, as of December 1.
The report said that 1inch Network surpassed $85 billion in cumulative trade volume in November around two years after launching. Protocol co-founder Anton Bukov said DeFi is going to witness exponential growth over the next three to five years, with decentralized exchanges accounting for a larger share of the market.
Likewise, 1inch Network's nonprofit arm has also targeted developers to champion future protocol upgrades. In July, 1inch Foundation launched a $3 million grants program to incentivize developers to contribute to the protocol.
DeFi, which has already seen exponential growth since mid-2020, is comprised of a wide array of companies and protocols seeking to disintermediate the financial system.
Thus, more than $273 billion worth of value has been locked into this diverse ecosystem, a figure that’s expected to grow as the crypto bull market continues into 2021.