Animoca Brands, Amazon Web Services, Polygon Labs announce strategic collaboration to accelerate Web3 startup development through Mocaverse
MoonRealm Express Accelerator will support aspiring builders and drive innovation on Mocaverse
16 November 2023 - Animoca Brands, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and Polygon Labs today announced MoonRealm Express Accelerator, a strategic collaboration to support Web3 builders around the world and accelerate the development of Web3 products and solutions through Animoca Brands’ flagship project Mocaverse. MoonRealm Express Accelerator is an accelerator program to empower builders worldwide to advance development in emerging areas such as decentralized identity, SocialFi, and GameFi, and encourage builders to develop new ideas and solutions on Mocaverse. Sign up here to receive updates and be notified of the start of the accelerator program.
The goal of MoonRealm Express Accelerator is to support aspiring builders by helping them to turn concepts into real-world solutions. The program facilitates innovation throughout the entire growth cycle of a Web3 startup, ranging from the inception of creative ideas to Web3 masterclasses, builder-centric hackathons, and incubating high-quality projects.
The inaugural cohort of the MoonRealm Express Accelerator will focus on building and extending Mocaverse's expanding ecosystem, centering around the recent launch of Moca ID and Realm Points on the Polygon chain. The program’s first hackathon will be announced in early 2024 and will task builders and projects to devise protocols that utilize and grow the Moca ID on-chain identity ecosystem, and that integrate Realm Points as integral assets.
Key hackathon tracks will include Web3 Identity, Web3 Social, and Web3 Growth, with the goal of elevating Mocaverse as the premier platform for Web3 loyalty programs. This vision will be realized by building on the synergies of Animoca Brands’ domain expertise, AWS's robust capabilities, and Polygon Labs’ extensive network, in collaborative efforts spanning Web3, cloud, AI, and blockchain technologies.
Yat Siu, co-founder and executive chairman of Animoca Brands, commented: “Mocaverse pursues the mission to connect, aggregate, and grow the Animoca Brands network by building the largest Web3 ecosystem in culture and entertainment. We’re incredibly excited to partner with AWS and Polygon Labs to offer ambitious builders an opportunity to join this growing ecosystem and empower them with the knowledge, tools, and resources to contribute to and co-create on the major Web3 identity and loyalty platform.”
As a key technology enabler and partner of the MoonRealm Express Accelerator, AWS has committed to invest US$1.1M to support up to 500 eligible startups under the inaugural cohort. AWS will provide startups with its cloud resources through AWS Activate (a startup program which provides startups with the resources they need to get started on AWS), a series of technical masterclasses to help startups develop Web3 applications, games, and AI-powered products (such as efficient multi-chain implementation, secured dApp architecture on Cloud, and ethical AI application), exposure to venture capital for fundraising opportunities, go-to-market support, and more.
Yaniv Donenfeld, global head, Web3 GTM, AWS, said: "Web3 has the potential to revolutionize various sectors and it’s already driving innovation and growth on a global scale. We're excited about supporting Web3 startups to boost their growth and innovation by leveraging the power of the AWS cloud in collaboration with Animoca Brands and Polygon Labs."
Polygon Labs will offer workshops to participating Web3 startups designed to equip them with the knowledge and skills necessary for success in this rapidly evolving field. Polygon Labs will also contribute cash bounties for hackathons, and solution providers in the Polygon ecosystem will make available vouchers for services that can help these startups.
Ajay Ponna Venkatesha, SVP, Developer Studio, Polygon Labs, said: “This is an exciting opportunity to further advance the Web3 ecosystem and drive innovation within it. Polygon Labs is fully committed to supporting this initiative as it embodies our value to see ecosystem participants collaborate to foster a thriving Web3 community and accelerate the growth of innovative projects. Polygon PoS has been a preferred chain for founders and we are excited to help a new generation to build the next big disruptive Web3 project.”
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About Animoca Brands
Animoca Brands, a Deloitte Tech Fast winner, a Fortune Crypto 40 company, and one of the Financial Times’ High Growth Companies Asia-Pacific 2023, is a Web3 leader that leverages blockchain to deliver digital property rights to consumers around the world to help establish the open metaverse. The company develops and publishes a broad portfolio of products including original games such as The Sandbox, PHANTOM GALAXIES™, Life Beyond, and Crazy Defense Heroes, and products utilizing popular intellectual properties from the worlds of sports and entertainment, such as The Walking Dead, Power Rangers, MotoGP™, and Formula E. It has multiple subsidiaries, including The Sandbox, Blowfish Studios, Quidd, GAMEE, nWay, Pixowl, Forj, Lympo, Animoca Brands Japan, Grease Monkey Games, Eden Games, Darewise Entertainment, Notre Game, TinyTap, Be., PIXELYNX, WePlay Media, and Gryfyn. Animoca Brands is one of the most active investors in Web3, with a portfolio of over 400 Web3 investments, both directly and through Animoca Ventures, including Yuga Labs, Axie Infinity, Polygon, Consensys, Fireblocks, OpenSea, Dapper Labs, Yield Guild Games, Alien Worlds, and many more. For more information visit www.animocabrands.com or follow on Twitter or Facebook.