Kava Launches $185M Phase-1 Ecosystem Fund

Kava’s Ignition Fund will fuel the first phase of development for a truly scalable ecosystem that will unlock the next wave of DeFi users

SAN FRANCISCO--()--Kava Labs™, an open-source and non-custodial developer of financial products and services for decentralized finance (DeFi), announced the launch of a $185 million fund to cultivate best-in-class projects on the Kava Ecosystem.

With the announcement of the $185 million Ignition Fund to accelerate its development, Kava is officially launching its ecosystem. Powered by the Kava Platform and shaped by Kava’s blueprint for true scale, the Kava Ecosystem will be a secure, scalable home for DeFi as it bridges the gap from early adopters to the mainstream.

“There’s a massive opportunity in DeFi right now to be the first to bridge the gap between the early adopters and the untapped mainstream,” said Scott Stuart, Chief Executive Officer of Kava Labs. “The Ignition Fund is about getting Kava there first.”

The key difference between the Kava Ecosystem and others in the space is a fundamentally different approach to scaling. Where other Layer-1 ecosystems are all aimed at winning over today’s DeFi users with a laser focus on speed and cost, Kava is building an ecosystem designed for the much bigger wave of mainstream users that is coming next. While speed will be necessary to handle increased demand, it will not be enough on its own.

“The untapped market that we’re building for is made up of completely different people to the first generation of DeFi participants,” continued Stuart. “They need to trust that their life savings are secure. They need product experiences that feel familiar to them. Kava is uniquely positioned to deliver that for them.”

With three protocols, $2.1 billion in assets on-chain, over 280k users, and $1.8 billion in cross-chain transactions and counting, the Kava Platform has proven itself as a secure, accessible home for DeFi. Through its evolution, a blueprint for true scale has emerged; one that combines technical innovation with a user-centric process to deliver the kind of scale that is needed to bridge the gap.


  • Institutional-grade security
  • Robust, Golang-based architecture
  • Up to 10k+ TPS throughput
  • SAFU fund to underwrite unexpected losses


  • Streamlined UX
  • Multiple onramps
  • Cross-chain composability
  • Dedicated developer support


  • A rigorous vetting process for fund recipients
  • Limited slots for best-in-class projects in each category
  • Strategic partnerships with best-in-class protocols
  • Expert ecosystem advisory board

To guarantee that selected projects are aligned with Kava’s standards, Kava is incentivizing top-tier projects with the $185 million Ignition Fund. The fund is targeted at the accelerated onboarding of carefully vetted projects to the Kava Ecosystem. This will rapidly expand the available services on the platform, all of which will deliver the same quality and security that users have come to expect from Kava.

About Kava Labs

Kava Labs is the primary development team of the Kava Platform and its suite of products, which connect the world’s largest cryptocurrencies, ecosystems and financial applications on DeFi’s most trusted, scalable and secure earning platform. The mission of Kava Labs is to create a safe, accessible home for the next generation of decentralized finance (DeFi) users through a combination of powerful Layer-1 architecture, institutional-grade security, and user experience-driven design.

To learn more about the Kava Ecosystem, please visit: https://bit.ly/Kava_Ecosystem
For more information about Kava please visit https://www.kava.io
To register your project, please visit: https://www.kava.io/ecosystem
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Martin Allen Frosage

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Kava Launches $185M Phase-1 Ecosystem Fund




Martin Allen Frosage