25 Soaring Blockchain Startups in 2021

by Josh Howarth - July 29, 2021

The global blockchain market is expected to reach a market size of $69.04B by 2027.

Last year, 20% of IoT technologies offered blockchain­-powered services.

There are now more than 70 million registered blockchain wallets.

This list presents 25 soaring startups that are making an impact on the blockchain space.

1. Texture Capital

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5-year search growth190%

Search growth status: Exploding

Year founded: 2019

Location: Brooklyn, New York

Funding: $1M (Angel)

What they doTexture Capital works to improve the capital-raising journey for private companies through security tokenization. The startup’s executive team are seasoned financial industry experts who have previously held roles at ITG, Liquidnet and Societe Generale.

2. Nayms

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5-year search growth1900%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2019

Location: Hertfordshire, England

Funding: $2.37M (Series A)

What they doNayms allows crypto investors to invest in smart contracts that insure cryptocurrencies and other crypto projects. The startup has secured $6M by allowing investors to subscribe to its native token, NAYM, which is planned to launch by the first quarter of 2022.

3. CoinBurp

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5-year search growth2800%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2018

Location: London, England

Funding: $6.05M (Seed)

What they doCoinBurp is a digital asset trading platform where users can create a wallet and start trading different cryptocurrencies. The startup is looking to launch its own utility and governance token named $BURP.

4. Mintable

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5-year search growth4100%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2018

Location: Singapore, Singapore

Funding: $13M (Series A)

What they doMintable is looking to capitalize on the NFT boom by offering a marketplace where users can mint, manage, sell and buy NFTs. The startup is interested in expanding its network onto other blockchains (in addition to its Ethereum-based network.) The startup has attracted the interest of billionaire entrepreneurs such as Mark Cuban.

5. Belfrics Group

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5-year search growth99X+

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2014

Location: Labuan, Malaysia

Funding: No Funding

What they doBelfrics Group is a cryptocurrency exchange platform that uses blockchain to offer KYC verification to its users. The company currently operates in 7 countries and is looking to expand to another 15 countries soon.

6. Chainalysis

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5-year search growth400%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2014

Location: New York, New York

Funding: $366.72M (Series E)

What they doChainalysis wants to bring some law and accountability to the wild west world of blockchain. The startup has developed an investigation, compliance and risk-management tool that helps solve crypto criminal cases. Chainalysis has managed to sell its tool to companies in over 60 countries.

7. Pastel Network

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5-year search growth300%

Search growth status: Peaked

Year founded: 2018

Location: New York, New York

Funding: $5M (Seed)

What they doPastel Network is a peer-to-peer decentralized platform that allows users to register, trade and collect digital assets. The startup has an estimated yearly revenue of $1.3M.

8. Sorare

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5-year search growth4700%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2018

Location: Saint Mande, France

Funding: $590M (Later Stage VC)

What they doSorare is a blockchain-powered fantasy soccer platform. Users can play fantasy soccer by utilizing the platform’s gaming arena. Additionally, the platform also serves as a marketplace for digital player cards where users can buy, sell and trade limited edition digital cards. So far, Sorare is officially licensed to issue cards for 142 soccer clubs.

9. Buenbit

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5-year search growth4100%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2019

Location: Kidlington, England

Funding: $11.1M (Series A)

What they doBuenbit is a cryptocurrency trading platform specifically targeting the Latin American market. The startup allows users to trade over 20 cryptocurrencies.

10. Fumbi

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5-year search growth633%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2018

Location: Bratislava, Slovakia

Funding: $2.81M (Early Stage VC)

What they doFumbi is a cryptocurrency trading platform that replaces collective investment schemes and allows users to own their cryptocurrencies directly. The startup has over 40,000 users and trades 28 cryptocurrencies.

11. Zerion

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5-year search growth1360%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2016

Location: San Francisco, California

Funding: $10.2M (Series A)

What they doZerion has built a digital marketplace that allows users to invest in multiple DeFi projects. The marketplace offers convenience by allowing users to get data on DeFi projects, trade them and track their portfolio, all under a single platform. The marketplace supports over 60 DeFi projects and has over 200,000 monthly active users.

12. Blockdaemon

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5-year search growth6700%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2017

Location: Los Angeles, California

Funding: $53.02M (Series A)

What they doBlockdaemon is a node management tool allowing businesses to manage their blockchain applications. Blockdaemon currently supports over 30 blockchain networks.

13. Solrise Finance

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5-year search growth5000%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2021

Location: London, England

Funding: $3.4M (Early Stage VC)

What they doSolrise Finance offers fund managers a platform to start a new DeFi fund. It also gives investors a platform to invest in DeFi hedge funds. The startup’s network is built on the Solana blockchain.

14. Bottlepay

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5-year search growth2100%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2018

Location: Newcastle, England

Funding: $17.56M (Seed)

What they doBottlepay is a cryptocurrency wallet and payments application that is looking to make money transfers even more convenient. It’s also integrated with social media, meaning that users can send money via tweets or messages. The startup is working on launching its enterprise solution by the second quarter of 2022.

15. OpenOcean

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5-year search growth2400%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2019

Location: Singapore, Singapore

Funding: $2M (Early Stage VC)

What they doOpenOcean aggregates price information of multiple decentralized exchanges and compares them to prices offered by centralized exchanges. The startup aggregates DEXes on Etherum, Binance Smart Chain, Tron and Ontology.

16. Synapse Network

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5-year search growth800%

Search growth status: Peaked

Year founded: 2021

Location: San Francisco, California

Funding: $2M (Early Stage VC)

What they doSynapse Network is a cross-chain investment ecosystem. It opens the way for small investors to invest in promising startups in their earliest development phases. Investing through Synapse Network is facilitated by $SNP, the system’s native token.

17. bitsika

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5-year search growth1600%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2016

Location: Accra, Ghana

Funding: $1.02M (Seed)

What they dobitsika has created a payment application facilitating instant money transfers and digital currency trading. According to Pitchbook, the startup is looking to close a Series A funding round by the end of 2021r.

18. Mercado Bitcoin

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5-year search growth900%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2013

Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil

Funding: $238M (Series B)

What they doMercado Bitcoin allows investors to trade multi-category crypto-assets by providing a comprehensive crypto exchange platform. The venture reduces market confusion by listing only assets with real value and scalable prospects. Mercado Bitcoin got a lot of media attention when it announced that it earned $200M in funding from SoftBank Group.

19. Ape Board

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5-year search growth125%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2021

Location: Singapore, Singapore

Funding: Undisclosed (Early Stage VC)

What they doApe Board aggregates a user’s DeFi portfolios and displays them in a single portfolio dashboard. The platform is capable of tracking DeFi portfolios on addresses across 6 different blockchains.

20. Telcoin

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5-year search growth1700%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2017

Location: Tokyo, Japan

Funding: $10M (Early Stage VC)

What they doTelco is looking to change how people transfer money across countries. It has developed an Ethereum-secured platform that makes it possible to send money instantly across the globe. The startup targets an average cost of sending a remittance of less than 2%, which is much cheaper than the current average cost of 7%.

21. Coinvise

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5-year search growth99X+

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2020

Location: Gujrat, India

Funding: $2.5M (Seed)

What they doCoinvise is an online community that allows creators to monetize their online content and engagement. Users can create a following on the platform and use that to sell their minted collectibles. Coinvise has been financed by Galaxy Digital Partners and IDEO CoLab Ventures, to name a few of their 18 investors.

22. Amara Finance

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5-year search growth800%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2021

Location: New York, New York

Funding: $1M (Seed)

What they doAmara Finance helps connect popular cryptocurrencies to digital assets. The startup’s point-of-differentiation is that it allows such a connection to happen at a very low-friction value transmission. 8 investors fund the New York-based venture over 1 funding round.

23. World Coin

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5-year search growth166%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2021

Location: Menlo Park, California

Funding: $25M (Early Stage VC)

What they doWorldcoin is building a device that gives out cryptocurrency to people across the globe. The “catch” is that, for a person to receive their crypto, they have to let the device scan their eyeballs. When asked about their goal, the Sam Altman-backed startup says they want to build a universal income system that pays everybody who signs up. According to the startup, their eye-scanning device is just a way to ensure that people do not sign up multiple times.

24. Terawulf

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5-year search growth99X+

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2019

Location: Easton, Maryland

Funding: Undisclosed (Corporate Backed)

What they doTeraWulf operates a crypto mining farm in Maryland. Because more than 90% of their energy comes from zero-carbon sources, the startup can mine Bitcoin while having a minimal damaging impact on the environment 25.

25. Interlay

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5-year search growth400%

Search growth status: Peaked

Year founded: 2019

Location: London, England

Funding: $3.04M (Seed)

What they doInterlay provides a tool that allows users to invest their Bitcoin into different DeFi projects. Interlay is built as a parachain Polkadot that can be used across multiple blockchains.

Conclusion

So there it is—our list of 25 small blockchain startups looking to impact the crypto industry significantly.

These ventures utilize blockchain technology to offer faster digital asset trading, move money securely and mine cryptocurrencies.

Written By
Josh Howarth
Co-founder of Exploding Topics.
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San Francisco, California
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