Sygnum launches RYSE Web3 growth hub
Zurich, 18 October 2022 – Sygnum announces the launch of the Sygnum RYSE growth hub to support Web3 startups. RYSE provides access to corporate banking, fundraising and mentoring – as well as an introduction to the Sygnum ecosystem of blockchain pioneers, technologies and thought leaders.
Solution for crypto startups that cannot open corporate banking accounts at traditional banks due to perceived “high risk” profiles and lack of crypto-based banking services
Provides targeted support for DeFi, NFT and Metaverse-focused Web3 firms in three key development phases: Build, Grow and Scale
First to participate is Safe, a decentralised custody protocol, with its USD 100m fundraise AML and KYC managed end-to-end by Sygnum
A corporate bank account enables a new business to control, secure, invest and flexibly manage their financial assets. Many of Switzerland’s 1000+ blockchain startups, including increasing numbers of Web3 firms, do not qualify for corporate banking from traditional banks as they are often categorised as “high risk”. This has the potential to complicate fundraising, limit innovation and slow business growth in fast-moving markets.
Sygnum, a crypto-native bank, provides access to both fiat and crypto corporate banking services to enable Web3 firms to pay staff, manage suppliers, borrow funds and provide tax information. Sygnum RYSE builds on this banking relationship by providing access to tailor-made growth support in three key phases:
Build – early-stage startups can access regulated crypto banking services, seed-round fundraising support, public engagement, mentoring for next-stage growth and access to ecosystem events
Grow – mid-stage firms also receive next-phase fundraising support, access to legal specialists for structuring and partnerships as well as introductions to Venture Capital funds targeting the blockchain and Web3 markets
Scale – to drive operational scale and business sustainability for mature enterprises, Sygnum provides crypto treasury management solutions, ecosystem governance and new partner validation
The Web3 sector, incorporating DeFi, NFTs, Decentralised Autonomous Organisations (DAOs), Metaverse and Gaming firms, attracted approximately USD 3.2bn VC funding in H1 2022 and represented 41 percent of all deals in Q1 alone. Web3’s rapid expansion is reflected in the makeup of Sygnum’s growing client base and their need for both corporate banking and ecosystem support to drive next stage growth.
You can read about how Sygnum was the first Swiss bank to open a hub in the metaverse to showcase its Web3 product innovations here.
Safe is a decentralised custody protocol firm spun-off from industry veteran Gnosis that enhances the security and usability of crypto treasuries. Safe was the first to benefit from the growth hub’s value-added activities when Sygnum provided end-to-end fundraising support for its USD 100m strategic round, including fully compliant crypto-AML and KYC processes.
Lukas Schor, Co-founder Safe, said, “With the increased focus on regulatory compliance, it gives us peace of mind to manage our fundraising with a licenced bank. Sygnum RYSE ensured we were fully compliant and ready for our next stage of growth, enabling us to focus on delivering great technology.”
Martin Burgherr, Chief Client Officer at Sygnum Bank says: "Sygnum is an active, crypto-native member of the Web3 community. This initiative enables us to foster the growth of high-potential Web3 startups, expand the Sygnum trusted digital asset ecosystem and accelerate the industry towards Future Finance.”
References:  SwissInfo: Swiss ‘Crypto Valley’ boasts 14 'unicorns'
 Galaxy Digital Research Report 2022
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