Funds will be used to develop Manta Pacific L2 to enable a new class of Solidity dapps with ZK-enabled features.HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 20 July 2023 - P0x labs, the cryptographic development team building Manta Network, today announces its $25 million Series A, led by Polychain Capital and Qiming Venture Partners with additional backers including Alliance, CoinFund, and SevenX Ventures, bringing its valuation to $500 million. In addition, Manta Network, the fastest zero-knowledge (ZK) layer 1 that supports modular on-chain privacy, today launches the testnet of its Layer 2 for ZK applications, Manta Pacific. The funds raised will be used to scale the project's network, user base, and use cases for Manta Pacific.
"Manta Network's Manta Atlantic ecosystem has already seen over 200,000 wallet downloads and 100,000 KYC'ed users. With the additional support from long-term and new investors, we are excited to push the bounders of ZK adoption even further with Manta Pacific. We're bringing ZK to Solidity developers, making it easier than ever to develop and deploy next-generation dapps that can truly scale and enable massive adoption." —Kenny Li, Core Contributor of Manta Network.
Manta Pacific is the first EVM-native modular execution layer specifically designed for ZK adoption and use cases. It leverages Manta's universal circuits and SDKs which have plug-and-play functionality, freeing up developers' time and resources to focus on their core products. The L2 also utilizes Celestia's data availability layer for security and low gas fees; and the modified OP Stack through Caldera for scalability.
"We are excited to see Manta expanding into the Ethereum ecosystem, and have doubled down on our investment this Series A round," said Luke Pearson, Investor at Polychain Capital. "Manta Pacific will leverage the performance capabilities of the modular ecosystem, whilst also allowing increasing access to ZK through Universal Circuits. We are excited to see ZK adoption grow, bringing throughput and privacy to the ecosystem."
ZK tech has been widely recognized as a promising solution for addressing the scalability and privacy challenges faced by the Ethereum blockchain. Increasing investor and developer activity also indicates the growing confidence and support for this emerging sector. However, many existing initiatives remain isolated from end users, who ultimately drive blockchain activity, thus leaving an unaddressed gap in the market.
"At Qiming Venture Partners, we see immense potential in technologies that are enhancing privacy and security across Web3. We are excited to support Manta Network's entry into the Asian markets, leveraging Qiming's extensive resources to help maximize the untapped potential of ZK adoption. We believe that ZK could onboard a substantial number of users through many applied use cases in the new Asia markets." — Yi Tang, Principal at Qiming Venture Partners.
Manta Pacific's testnet currently features various zk Apps for users to start accessing including zkHoldEm, a fully on-chain and private Texas Hold'em game; zkMe, a protocol for private and verified credentials; and zkPass, a privacy-preserving protocol for data verification.
Manta Atlantic, the fastest ZK layer-1 for compliant on-chain privacy, amassed a large and growing user base due to the popularity of its products, including its flagship NPO platform that launched earlier this year in April 2023, which has since minted over 300,000 zkSBTs across key ecosystem partners including Arbitrum, Galxe, Linea, and CyberConnect. The network's native wallet, Manta Wallet, has over 200,000 installs to bring users into its ecosystem. Ecosystem projects including ReadOn, Dmail and AsMatch, with a collective user base of over 1.5 million users, have already integrated zkSBT functionality for private user ID and additional privacy-enhanced functionalities in their applications to deliver a better user experience.
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About Manta Network
Manta Network is the multi-modular ecosystem for zero-knowledge (ZK) applications. Manta Atlantic, the fastest ZK L1 chain, brings programmable privacy to web3 through compliant on-chain privacy and identity. Manta Pacific, the unique L2 ecosystem for EVM-native ZK applications, provides a scalable and inexpensive gas-fee environment for ZK applications to deploy simply using Solidity. Together, Manta Atlantic and Manta Pacific deliver an unparalleled experience for the next generation of web3 application development and adoption with the applied usage of zero-knowledge cryptography.
Manta Network is created by a team of experienced founders from prestigious institutions, including Harvard, MIT, and Algorand. The team began its research on Zero Knowledge Proof in 2019 during a cross-border payment research project under the MIT Digital Currency Initiative with the Monetary Authority of Singapore. Manta Network has received investments from many of the top web3 investment funds, including Binance Labs and Polychain Capital. It has grown through participation in the best web3 accelerators, including Alliance DAO and Berkeley Blockchain Xcelerator. Manta Network is poised to bring the next generation of web3 users and usher in a new chapter of privacy-focused web3 applications.
About p0x labs
p0x labs is the space for building cutting-edge cryptographic technologies. p0x labs is a team of world-class contributors on a mission to enable privacy across web3. At p0x labs, we believe privacy is a fundamental human right and we work to build and deploy the tools to make it accessible to the world. Powered by zero-knowledge proofs, we lead innovation in the cryptography space.