Kelp DAO raises $9 million to enhance DeFi and retaking platform

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Kelp DAO, one of the largest liquid transaction protocols, has secured $9 million in a private placement round to expand its infrastructure as the decentralized finance (DeFi) landscape becomes larger by the day.

The fresh infusion of capital comes amid growing interest in seamless transactions, with the total value locked on leading platforms exceeding $4 billion.

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The latest round was led by SCB Limited, a proprietary trading company based in the Bahamas, and Laser Digital, the digital assets arm of Nomura Global, which invested a total of $3.5 million.

Other participants in the round include Bankless Ventures, Hypersphere, Draper Dragon, DACM, Cypher Capital, ArkStream, Cluster Capital, GSR, Longhash, Side Door Ventures, NOIA Capital, HTX Ventures, Avid3, ViaBTC Capital, DWF Ventures, Coinseeker and many others.

Dheeraj Borra, co-founder of Kelp DAO, comments: “This fundraising drives our market expansion and sharpens our focus on creating customer-centric solutions. It’s really exciting that our investors share this vision.”

Both founders of Kelp DAO, Amitej Gajjala and Dheeraj Borra, expressed their gratitude for the investor support that will push Kelp DAO towards reaching modern heights in re-staking solutions.

Kelp DAO plans to operate these funds to improve the capabilities of its platform, expand into other ecosystems such as and , and further re-sharing solutions. This is in addition to a platform that already boasts a Total Value Locked (TVL) of over $850 million and over 40,000 busy players again.

The funding round includes support from high-profile angel investors in the cryptocurrency community such as Scott, co-founder of Gitcoin; Alex, CEO of Nansen; Sam K, co-founder of Frax; Marc Zeller from the Aave Chan initiative; Saurabh Sharma of Jump Crypto; Amrit, chief operating officer of Altlayer; Anthony, co-founder of Swissborg; and Winslow Strong from Mr. Block.

Laser Digital CEO Jez Mohideen stated: “We are very excited to support Kelp DAO and its passionate team on its journey to build innovative relandfill infrastructure solutions.”

Jack Platts, co-founder of Hypersphere Ventures, added: “We are excited about the prospect of reuse, allowing developers to experiment more and use cases. Kelp’s proven team and focus on user experience play a key role in Restaking’s early success. We look forward to seeing the team realize their vision of increasing returns and optionality for ETH players.”

The idea behind seamless retaking offered by Kelp and others is to allow ETH holders – regardless of whether they hold native ETH or LST tokens – to invest and reissue without losing access to the underlying capital. That’s why it’s called “liquid” refilling.

Kelp DAO’s liquid Restaked Token (LRT) was the first to hit the mainnet and currently offers services for native ETH and LST on the Ethereum mainnet and eight L2 networks.

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