Polkadot platform for DeFi derivatives lands $6.4 million in seed funding
May 13, 2021, 10:00AM EDT
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On May 13, dTrade announced the closing of its seed funding round, which saw $6.4 million in investment from Three Arrows, DeFiance, Huobi and Polychain.
DTrade aims to be the first derivatives exchange built on Polkadot. A press release shared with The Block said that it enables leveraged derivatives that settle on-chain. The goal is to remove custodial and counterparty risks from such trading.
DTrade co-founder Nikodem Grzesiak told The Block that many of the main contracts are going through audits ahead of a launch date in June. He said the second version of the perpetual swap exchange is now live on the Edgeware testnet, with a public testnet scheduled to go live in a few months.
The current team consists of 11 full-time employees. According to Grzesiak, dTrade's native DET token will go live in June. He said that "55% of the tokens will be split between community treasury and liquidity mining incentives. The remaining 45% are for investors, team and advisors."
Polychain led an earlier pre-seed funding round into DTrade that ended in March. It did not disclose the investment amount.
Polkadot-based DeFi projects have grown in stature in recent months, alongside rising buzz around the "multichain" alternative to Ethereum. Equilibrium, for example, saw a $2.5 million Series A at the beginning of April.
DTrade will not be available in the U.S., whose regulators do not look kindly upon leveraged derivatives trading for retail investors.