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 modern” thought for a nonfungible token over the following week.

Introduced on Monday, the event invitations anybody from all over the world to pitch their NFT undertaking to a crew of eight judges earlier than April 12. In keeping 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 needs to be occupied with constructing an organization over the long-term,” the announcement says.

As much as 30 finalists might be chosen to partake in a personal dwell pitch with the judges on April 21, simply over two weeks from now.

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

It isn’t clear what number of pitches might be chosen from the 30 finalists, however the competitors web page suggests the investments throughout these chosen may whole 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 buyers 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 referred to as a few of the different judges, are a few of the most revered within the NFT area. Whale Shark lately tokenized a vault containing their NFT assortment, permitting buyers to purchase into it. It at present has a market cap of virtually $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 embrace U2 and long-time enterprise accomplice Madonna. The pair additionally run VC agency A-Grade Investments, which has a historical past of supporting profitable tasks, corresponding to Airbnb, Foursquare, Shazam, SoundCloud, Spotify and Uber.

Kutcher has already made a questionable title 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 present price $42,600) within the auction.