Every idea, every startup or every company needs a helping hand at some point, that all-important support to get things up and running. That’s what incubators are for. Designed as collaborative programs between the incubator and the entrepreneurs who own the startup, they offer early-stage businesses advice on the basics like financial management assistance, access to bank loans, funds and training, legal counsel, advisory boards and mentors, as well as opportunities for networking.
One thing is a given, though — the startup should be in much better shape having gone through one.
The Metaverse Insider will now take a quick look at four incubator funds established with the world of Metaverse and Web3 startups in mind.
1. Outlier Ventures
Outlier Ventures is an Open Metaverse accelerator funding and helping more than 100+ Web3 startups a year.
Operating since 2014 and founded by Jamie Burke, London-based Outlier Ventures is the world’s leading Open Metaverse accelerator program and was one of the first VC firms dedicated to investing in the emerging crypto ecosystem.
Its portfolio includes notable projects across DeFi, NFTs and blockchain infrastructure with a focus on emergent Open Metaverse use cases such as NFT-based play-to-earn games, augmented reality and more.
The incubator’s Base Camp and Ascent programs are constantly looking for founders to accelerate the open Metaverse thesis by launching token networks. It provides a proven framework for growth while weaving together a global network of over 1,000 of the world’s leading Web3 founders, protocols, and VCs to form an ecosystem of mentorship and investment.
Outlier Ventures also acts as ecosystem accelerators for protocols through a dedicated incubation partnership for startups building on your ecosystem tech stack.
Founded in 2021 by Levent Cem Ayden, Seedify is a blockchain gaming-focused incubator and launchpad ecosystem, with over 50 projects launched, empowering innovators and project developers through access to funding, community and partnership building and a full support system to help drive the future of gaming and blockchain.
3. Metaworks Holdings
Metaworks Holdings is an incubation company formed to create new, foundationally stable, scalable business units primarily focused on modelling existing, successful, traditional, and/or progressive recurring revenue streams existing within existing and new Metaverse. Once mature enough, business units are prepared for a new investment round at their new valuation.
The ultimate goal is for each business unit to raise money independently and provide best-in-class products or services in each of their respective industries. Additionally, all units incubated under Metaworks will be able to get added benefits from the other businesses’ goods or services in our ecosystem.
Based in Brooklyn, NYC, Metaworks Holdings was founded in 2021 by Gabriel Heffez.
4. QGlobe NFT
QGlobe is a Miami, Florida-based full-service launchpad and accelerator of NFT, DeFi, gaming and Metaverse projects founded in 2021 by Apollo Green.
While traditional VCs provide financing and very little support, QGlobe provides 360 metaverse support from full-stack unity developers, KOLs (Key Opinion Leaders), Gamification strategies, DeFi games, IGO advisory, and market-making best practices.