Paris-based staking infrastructure provider Kiln has closed a $17 million funding round to expand its institutional-grade offering internationally and support more decentralized finance (DeFi) reward models.
The capital injection comes as Kiln cements itself as a dominant staking platform managing over 5x more tokenized assets under stake since last year.
- Kiln has raised $17 million in a funding round led by 1kx to power expansion of its institutional staking platform globally.
- The funds will support launching Kiln’s APAC headquarters in Singapore in Q1 2024 and expanding its product to more DeFi reward models.
- Kiln operates Ethereum’s largest validator node infrastructure and has increased assets staked 5x over the past year.
- Recent integrations with Ledger, Crypto.com and Coinbase opened Kiln’s staking services to more ETH holders.
- The funding validates Kiln’s position as an enterprise leader providing accessible, secure staking-as-a-service to institutions and millions of users.
Kiln’s white-label staking technology brings together enterprises, node operators and developers to provide pooled validating capabilities across networks like Ethereum. The solution offers turnkey integration for exchanges, wallets, custodians and other partners to stake customer assets.
Venture firms 1kx and IOSG co-led the funding round, with added support from Crypto.com, Wintermute Ventures, KXVC, LBank and past Kiln investors. Kiln CEO Laszlo Szabo said the firm welcomes backers helping them “democratize value creation” in digital assets by simplifying staking access.
Global Expansion Kicks Off in Singapore
A chief priority for the new financing is expanding internationally, starting with the launch of Kiln’s APAC headquarters in Singapore this quarter. The move bolsters the company’s goal of bringing simplified staking opportunities to institutional and retail audiences worldwide.
Kiln also plans to broaden its technology platform’s compatibility to support additional consensus models and DeFi revenue streams beyond pure staking. Delegated Proof-of-Stake networks like Cardano or reward-bearing liquidity pools across Ethereum may soon fall under Kiln’s infrastructure umbrella.
These initiatives build on Kiln’s dramatic organic growth over the past year. The firm now runs infrastructure validating over $18 billion worth of ETH across its Ethereum node fleet, the largest operation of its kind globally.
Recent Partnerships Widen Access
Alongside its core enterprise infrastructure, Kiln seeks to make staking ETH accessible even with fractional token amounts. Its whitelabel solution allows partners ranging from crypto wallets to exchanges to offer staking to users under the hood through simple integrations.
Major clients Ledger, Coinbase and Crypto.com onboarded in late 2023 to bring pooled validating to their millions of combined customers. By abstracting away blockchain complexities, Kiln gives everyday investors their first taste of “passive” crypto yield opportunities historically limited to technologists.
For principal backer 1kx, Kiln’s innovation positions it as the unequivocal leader in the flourishing staking-as-a-service domain catering to institutions. The firm’s Founding Partner Christopher Heymann said the immense market potential makes them thrilled to support Kiln’s efforts in “pioneering global accessibility.”
Likewise, Crypto.com saw Kiln’s offerings enabling a key feature for its DeFi wallet release. Beyond the immediate use case, the exchange giant views deep ties with Kiln as a long-term strategic ally.
With over $35 million raised to date from top crypto venture firms, Kiln sits at the epicenter of decentralized finance evolution from both a vertical integration and mainstream adoption perspective. Its latest funding and global expansion plans confirm market leadership in bridging the institutional and individual worlds onto maturing blockchain revenue models.