London-based borderless DeFi trading platform Kibo Finance closes $1.5M seed funding


London-based Kibo Finance is the first borderless DeFi options trading platform that offers virtually any underlying asset, including Cryptocurrency, Gold, and Stocks. In a recent development, the company just announced that it has closed $1.5 million (nearly £1.1 million) in a seed funding round.

Recent investment round

The investment came from Republic, Huobi, Gate.io, Fenbushi, AU21, Genblock, Kenetic, MGNR, GSR, GenBlock, David Garcia of Borderless Capital, Sandeep Nailwal (Co-founder of Polygon), and Mirza Uddin (Co-founder of Injective Protocol).

“The DeFi and crypto offerings in options trading platforms are still in its infancy and have significant limitations,” said Andrew Durgee, Head of Crypto and Tokenization at Republic. “Kibo Finance is a borderless experience, which means traders will have greater flexibility on a broader range of options across more blockchains and more possible underlying assets. Kibo is the future for serious traders.”

“I am grateful for this amazing group of investors participating in our seed round who believe in the same vision I outlined back in 2019,” said Pierre Cumenal, CEO of Kibo Finance. “As a quantitative analyst by trade, great work and detail has gone into the technical structure of the protocol and has allowed me to assemble a team of top minds that cover all aspects of DeFi options trading.”

Most rewarding trading platform

The Kibo Finance team is made-up of quantitative analysts, math professors, and blockchain developers from leading institutions and protocols, including Deribit, Artblock, BNP Paribas, and the University of Queensland. Kibo is headquartered in London with a decentralized team.

Kibo’s protocol allows buying and selling of options on more underlying assets outside of Bitcoin and Ethereum, including, but not limited to, Doge, Binance Coin, Gold, and Stocks. While being the first to build on Ethereum and Polygon, Kibo Finance also offers auto-hedging of pools and collateral management so Liquidity Providers (LPs) will maximize rewards.

Being the first to build on Polygon and Ethereum, Kibo offers a frictionless protocol, fair pricing, and the most rewards of any options trading platform. Focusing on ease-of-use, Kibo is geared towards advanced options traders who want one platform for all their trading needs.