Celebrity VC fund unveils $1M NFT contest judged by Snoop Dogg and Mark Cuban


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Sound Ventures, a enterprise capital fund comprising celebrities, musicians and a billionaire, is providing a minimum of $1 million for the “most revolutionary” thought for a nonfungible token over the following week.

Introduced on Monday, the event invitations anybody from around the globe to pitch their NFT mission to a group of eight judges earlier than April 12. In line with the competitors web page, it doesn’t matter if the pitches are little greater than an thought or a completely fledged product already available on the market. The wording additionally suggests the competition’s winners may have the chance to work alongside Sound Ventures long run.

“These making use of must be occupied with constructing an organization over the long-term,” the announcement says.

As much as 30 finalists will likely be chosen to partake in a non-public dwell pitch with the judges on April 21, simply over two weeks from now.

These chosen aren’t required to simply accept the funding, and there are not any set phrases for a way the funding will likely be distributed. The competition’s FAQ states: “Funding quantities and phrases will differ by firm.” 

It isn’t clear what number of pitches will likely be chosen from the 30 finalists, however the competitors web page suggests the investments throughout these chosen might complete greater than $1 million.

Sound Ventures’ co-founders, well-known actor Ashton Kutcher and expertise supervisor Man Oseary, will sit on the judging panel with the remaining six judges together with NBA Dallas Mavericks proprietor and billionaire Mark Cuban, rapper Snoop Dogg, EDM artist 3LAU, NFT traders Whale Shark and MetaKovan, and Scalar Capital co-founder Linda Xie.

$1-million Sound Ventures Competitors Judges: Sound Ventures

Whale Shark and Metakovan, though not properly generally known as a number of the different judges, are a number of the most revered within the NFT area. Whale Shark lately tokenized a vault containing their NFT assortment, permitting traders to purchase into it. It at the moment has a market cap of just about $23 million. MetaKovan, or Vignesh Sundaresan, is the winner of Beeple’s $69-million Christie’s public sale final month and a outstanding NFT collector.

The competition was arrange by Sound Ventures’ Kutcher and Oseary. Oseary’s purchasers embody U2 and long-time enterprise companion Madonna. The pair additionally run VC agency A-Grade Investments, which has a historical past of supporting profitable initiatives, akin to Airbnb, Foursquare, Shazam, SoundCloud, Spotify and Uber.

Kutcher has already made a questionable identify for himself within the NFT sector, auctioning a digital copy of a notebook scribble in August 2020. The unique drawing was destroyed to showcase the benefits of digital over bodily artworks, with the funds raised stated to go towards ecological conservation nonprofits.

Ashton Kutcher showcases his now-incinerated paintings

The paintings titled “The Eye of The Beholder” was bought for 20 Ether (ETH) (at the moment price $42,600) within the auction.