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Algorand and partners to launch DeFi platform

Shariah compliant blockchain platform Algorand has entered into a partnership with SkyBridge Capital and NAX to launch UNLOX, an initiative that will launch at-scale development finance (DeFi) ventures, capital-raising and a platform for institutions to securitize assets over blockchain.

“UNLOX, with SkyBridge’s Anthony Scaramucci as its chairman, will become a core infrastructure to launch at-scale DeFi ventures, capital-raising and a platform for institutions to securitize their assets over the blockchain. This will include traditional financial services assets like real property, corporate securities and venture capital, and will also include art, NFTs [non-fungible tokens] and other rare alternative assets,” according to a joint statement.

Algorand will be used as the protocol of the platform, NAX will provide commercial infrastructure and SkyBridge will provide the institutional infrastructure.

With over 800 organizations building on Algorand, including IBF Net which is building its Shariah compliant platform on the blockchain, Algorand could see its user base of new wallets grow by millions by 2023, according to NAX’s conservative estimates.

Jeff Schumacher, CEO at NAX, added: “Algorand’s feature rich, high-performance platform has unlimited potential to improve efficiency across new markets and ecosystems — especially given the imminent arrival of the AVM (Algorand Virtual Machine) smart contracts and the next wave of DeFi applications.” Algorand’s core protocol will be a selling point for alternative asset manager SkyBridge when it commences a roadshow to raise a series of funds, with the first one to be capped at US$250 million. The goal is to provide institutions with access to these unique decentralized finance opportunities. Founded in 2005, SkyBridge manages over US$600 million in crypto assets.

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