Ukrainian crypto startup Kolibrio raises $2 million from Jump Crypto fund and others

Ukrainian crypto startup Kolibrio raises $2 million from Jump Crypto fund and others

The Ukrainian startup Kolibrio has raised $2 million from Jump Crypto with participation from Delta Blockchain Fund, Everstake Capital, and angel investors

The startup Kolibrio, which builds an automated on-chain auction system (i.e., blockchain-based auctions), has raised $2 million in a seed round. The terms and capitalization of the project have not been disclosed. Jump Crypto was the lead investor. Delta Blockchain Fund, Everstake Capital, and UK investors also participated in the round.

The startup team began searching for an investor at the beginning of 2022 and closed the round in December of the same year. As project co-founder Anatolii Padenko says, the team had dozens of rounds with investors but wanted to find relevant investment companies that were knowledgeable in this field and could help with expertise.

“We had never raised money. We were inexperienced at it. But we communicated a lot, took the issue seriously, and got prepared. Also, many advisers helped us — one investment company recommended another, and so with the help of word of mouth, we reached our existing investors,” says Anatolii.

The startup’s team currently consists of eight people, and most of the developers are based in Kyiv, so Kolibrio could not avoid the war risk issue during the negotiations with the investment companies. But, according to the co-founders, even though investors paid attention to this risk, it did not become the basis for a decision: they looked more at the team, its expertise, and technology. The existing investors did not take this factor into account at all.

The startup’s co-founders, Alex Starikov and Anatolii Padenko, worked together at Peanut Trade, a Ukrainian crypto startup that builds blockchain trading solutions for B2B. Anatolii was in charge of technical issues there as CTO, while Alex was in business development and sales. So, they met there and came up with an idea for their business.

The first version of the working product Kolibrio appeared in May 2022, the second — in September of the same year. The company was registered in December.

The company aims to solve the Maximal Extractable Value (MEV) problem by offering an on-chain order flow auction system (OFA), which can be used by order flow originators like wallets, node providers, and dapps to benefit the end user. The co-founders compare it to the Payment-for-order-flow (PFOF) mechanism from traditional financial markets, where a broker gives an order to a market maker to fulfill a customer’s request.

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