UAE - Mantra ($OM), the Layer 1 blockchain for Real World Assets (RWA), has announced the completion of a $11 million funding round led by Shorooq Partners to enable RWA tokenisation at scale.

Additionally, a diverse range of strategic investors such as Three Point Capital, Forte Securities, Virtuzone, Hex Trust, GameFi Ventures, Caladan, Token Bay Capital, BlackPine, Mapleblock, Fuse Capital and others, joined the funding.

The fresh capital injection will be used to achieve three critical objectives: building regulatory-compliant infrastructure that adheres to global standards, empowering developers with the tools needed to create RWA-focused protocols on Mantra Chain, and expanding the tokenisation of real-world assets while spotlighting market opportunities between the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) as well as Asia.

Market liquidity

Mantra ($OM) aims to make investing more accessible in the Middle East and Asia by boosting market liquidity and fostering growth. This will stimulate economic activity and development in these regions, which have previously faced barriers to entering financial markets.

Simplifying the process of buying and selling assets will create new investment avenues, promote entrepreneurship, and attract global investors. This aligns with the goals of both regions to lead in financial innovation, driving economic growth and prosperity in the region.

Mantra ($OM) is on a mission to accelerate the adoption of tokenised RWAs by enabling billions of dollars in institutional capital to move onchain. Mantra Chain provides a compliant framework for the creation and trading of RWAs, empowering TradFi companies to tap into the many benefits afforded by blockchain technology.

Incentivised testnet

The funding round coincides with the release of Hongbai, Mantra Chain’s incentivised testnet. Its name a portmanteau of Hong Kong and Dubai, Hongbai signals Mantra’s intent to focus its onboarding efforts in these two financial hotspots.

The launch of the Mantra Chain testnet will aspire to build bridges, both literal and metaphorical, between the Middle East and Asia. In doing so, it will set a new benchmark for RWA tokenisation and encourage cross-border economic collaboration. This will facilitate the exchange of ideas, resources, and investment opportunities, enhancing the economic landscape of both regions.

John Patrick Mullin, Mantra’s CEO, said: “This funding not only accelerates our vision of bringing the world’s financial ecosystem onchain, but also solidifies our commitment to the Hong Kong and Middle Eastern markets, where our physical offices in Hong Kong and Dubai stand as beacons of innovation. We're crafting an infrastructure designed for builders, institutions, enterprises, and users keen on exploring RWAs. It's a testament to our mission of making asset tokenisation a cornerstone of financial inclusivity and market development.”

Shane Shin, Founding Partner of lead investor Shorooq Partners, added: “Mantra stood out to us for its pioneering approach to RWA tokenisation and its commitment to regulatory compliance. Their strategic focus on significant markets like Hong Kong and Dubai aligns with our vision for financial innovation and inclusion. We're investing not just in technology, but in a future where digital and traditional assets converge seamlessly. Mantra is set to lead this transformation, and we're thrilled to support their journey.”

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