Bitcoin.com is planning a major step toward promoting the growth of the BCH ecosystem. A $200 million fund will empower developers to offer new capabilities to bitcoin cash users as well as give institutional investors a chance to capitalize on the future of the cryptocurrency.
The fund, dubbed “BCH Ecosystem Investment Fund,” will invest in and incubate payment-related startups that utilize the BCH blockchain and BCH, the world’s fourth-largest cryptocurrency at present. The fund is targeting businesses like payment gateways, remittance processors and wallets, according to an announcement Wednesday.
Bitcoin.com is strongly promoting the adoption of Bitcoin Cash as peer-to-peer electronic money as well as the development of the surrounding BCH ecosystem. Recently the electronics manufacturer HTC added native bitcoin cash support to its flagship smartphone, Exodus 1, following a partnership with the company. And it is in discussions about listing a bitcoin cash futures contract on a new exchange with approval from the U.S. CFTC, which is expected to reach the market by the first quarter of 2020.
The company also supports the adoption of the Simple Ledger Protocol (SLP), a token system for the Bitcoin Cash network allowing anyone to create tokens in a permissionless manner. The protocol has helped the development of an ecosystem for BCH that replicates the variety of ERC20 tokens on the Ethereum network.
Details of the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) Ecosystem Investment Fund are not yet finalized but it will allow for other institutional investors to join the fund. Backers will then be presented with a portfolio of Bitcoin Cash payment related businesses to invest in and adopt it.
Bitcoin.com’s suite of developer tools has been downloaded more than 36,000 times from over 100 countries. The team even helps with the organization of many local BCH meetups around the world.
Bitcoin.com CEO Stefan Rust has been screening institutional investment companies and has identified up to 20 that align with the company’s vision and satisfy its stringent due diligence requirements. Bitcoin.com would charge a fee helping institutional investors manage the fund, on top of the fees to access the underlying payment businesses.
Institutions are said to be very interested in investing alongside Roger Ver and Bitcoin.com, taking a share in the upside of future BCH development.
“Bitcoin.com receives between 6 to 8 business plans every day from software entrepreneurs leveraging the unique features and capabilities of the Bitcoin Cash blockchain. Bitcoin.com now has the resources and team to support these BCH entrepreneurs, grow the value of their businesses and spread bitcoin cash adoption,” said Bitcoin.com.
Bitcoin.com Executive Chairman Roger Ver added: “There is so much great infrastructure and businesses being built in the Bitcoin Cash ecosystem every day. Bitcoin.com is going to accelerate the development with our million-dollar ecosystem investment fund.” He recently presented the idea to the community in a Bitcoin Cash Meetup in London.
Bitcoin.com has recently taken a number of initiatives to grow the BCH ecosystem. Last month, the firm acquired Japanese blockchain development startup O3 Labs to build financial services mobile apps using the BCH network.