The Avalanche Foundation has unveiled “Blizzard” — a fund offering more than $200 million in incentives to developers who build on the Avalanche network.
The fund will provide liquidity to those early-stage projects that innovate decentralized finance (DeFi) applications, nonfungible tokens (NFT) and other products on Avalanche.
Avalanche is a proof-of-stake network that launched in September 2020. The network boasts Ethereum Virtual Machine compatibility, allowing developers to port decentralized applications over from Ethereum. The network now boasts more than 320 projects that are currently building on it, including top stablecoin issuer Tether, popular decentralized exchange SushiSwap, and oracle providers Chainlink and The Graph.
Per a Monday announcement, Blizzard’s contributors include the Avalanche Foundation, Ava Labs, Polychain Capital, Three Arrows Capital, Dragonfly Capital and CMS Holdings.
Blizzard will prioritize four key areas of growth across the Avalanche ecosystem — DeFi, enterprise applications, NFTs and culture applications. The funds will be used for equity investments, token purchases, partnership efforts, technology and business development.
Builders within the ecosystem will also be offered ongoing support, with Ava Labs president John Wu stating:
“Blizzard is entering the Avalanche community at a pivotal moment, where this influx of users and activity demands constant innovation in new applications and use cases on the platform.”
Avalanche is the sixth-largest proof-of-stake network with a $14-billion staked capitalization and 56% of its supply currently staked.
Per Defi Llama, Avalanche is the fifth-largest network with a total value locked (TVL) of $8.5 billion, with its TVL having surged by 2,624% from just $312 million in August.
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According to CoinGecko, Avalanche’s native token, AVAX, is down roughly 18% from its Sept. 23 all-time high of $79.31, last trading hands for $64.80 at the time of writing.