SIX Ventures and Circle Invest in Swiss Blockchain Startup Obligate (FQX)by Fintechnews Switzerland January 19, 2023
Obligate, formerly known as FQX, announced it has successfully closed a seed extension funding round, allowing them to scale their blockchain-based platform for bonds and commercial paper.
Blockchange Ventures and Circle Ventures join initial seed co-investors Earlybird and SIX Fintech Ventures – bringing the total seed raise to more than $8.5 million.
With the Obligate platform, companies can issue on-chain bonds and commercial paper to obtain funding from a diverse range of investors. This comes at a fraction of the cost and time of traditional offerings but with the same regulatory certainty, as the instruments are globally enforceable, regulated debt securities. At the same time, investors get access to a wide range of regulated digital debt assets which can be secured with on-chain collateral. Utilizing smart contracts and tokenization in place of intermediaries such as paying and issuer agents, Obligate is able to reduce the costs associated with a bond issuance by 80% and reduce the time needed for an issuance from weeks to hours.
Building on their existing blockchain-based debt infrastructure, Obligate will launch its blockchain-based platform in Q1 2023 and enable end-to-end corporate debt funding in a decentralized and regulated environment.
Wyatt Lonergan of Circle Ventures shares:
“Obligate is bringing new innovation to help bridge the worlds of traditional finance and DeFi. Through their platform, Obligate is adding utility and a compliant regulatory framework to the emerging real world asset (RWA) DeFi market. We are excited to back the Obligate team as they prepare for their upcoming platform launch.”
Benedikt Schuppli, Obligate’s Co-Founder & CEO comments:
“This backing from leading TradFi and Web3 institutions proves the value of applying blockchain technology to traditional financial instruments. This investment enables us to build a more accessible and efficient financial system where borrowers and investors are directly connected. ”
The Obligate platform will launch in February 2023 on the public blockchain Polygon. FQX was the early stage Fintech Startup winner at the Swiss Fintech Fintech Awards 2021.