IOTA Foundation Injects $10 Million into UAE and African Startups, IOTA Token Up 18%


IOTA’s recently established Ecosystem Foundation is making its mark, announcing a $10 million investment commitment for early-stage startups in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Africa. This strategic move aims to bolster the IOTA ecosystem and support innovative projects focused on digital trade and real-world asset (RWA) tokenization.

Investing in the Future of Trade

The initial investments will target trade technology (TradeTech) startups, aligning with IOTA’s vision for an efficient and interconnected global trade ecosystem. Dominik Schiener, IOTA co-founder and chairman of the IOTA Foundation, emphasized the significance of this initiative: “By investing in the future of TradeTech, we are not just facilitating smoother trade transactions; we are laying the groundwork for a more interconnected and efficient global trade ecosystem.”

Strategic Timing and Regional Focus

This $10 million investment follows the successful registration of the IOTA Ecosystem Foundation in the UAE in November 2023. This regulatory milestone saw the IOTA token (IOTA) surge by a remarkable 43%. Since then, IOTA has continued its upward trajectory, registering a 18% increase in the last 30 Days, currently hovering around the $0.3008 mark.

The IOTA Ecosystem Foundation’s commitment extends beyond the initial $10 million investment. The press release highlights the foundation’s intention to:

  • Publicly disclose the invested startups in the coming weeks.
  • Include newly formed tradetech ventures in the investment portfolio.
  • Offer support to startups building on IOTA through an accelerator program.

This multi-pronged approach demonstrates the foundation’s dedicated efforts to foster a vibrant IOTA ecosystem, attracting innovative projects and fostering long-term growth.

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IOTA’s Journey and Future Outlook

Launched in 2016, IOTA is an open-source distributed ledger technology (DLT) platform designed specifically for the Internet of Things (IoT) realm. Having garnered significant interest through its unique approach, IOTA raised $590,000 in an initial coin offering (ICO) in 2016.

With the establishment of the Ecosystem Foundation and its strategic investments, IOTA positions itself for further expansion and adoption within the global trade landscape. The $10 million commitment, coupled with support programs, serves as a testament to IOTA’s commitment to fostering innovation and building a robust ecosystem around its DLT platform.

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