Cricket NFT platform Rario raises $120 Million Series A funding led by Dream Capital
Mumbai, April 21, 2022: Rario, creators of the world’s first cricket NFT platform, today announced a $120 Million Series A funding round led by Dream Capital, the Corporate Venture Capital and M&A arm of Dream Sports. Rario currently has the largest share of cricket NFT rights globally through exclusive partnerships with 6 international cricket leagues and a roster of 900+ cricketers. With Dream Capital’s investment, Rario now gets access to Dream Sports’ 140 Million users, who will be offered FIAT-only products in India, with the potential to create the largest cricket NFT platform globally. Alpha Wave Global (previously Falcon Edge Capital) also participated in the round, and now joins existing investors Animoca Brands (Global leader in Web3 gaming), Presight Capital, and Kingsway Capital.
The Singapore-based company, founded in 2021 by IIT Delhi alumni Ankit Wadhwa and Sunny Bhanot, has recently signed one of the world’s largest cricket NFT deals; a multi-year exclusive partnership with Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers’ Association to create an Australian cricket metaverse of collectibles and gaming. Rario enables fans to engage as a community, giving them a chance to own a piece of cricket history through digital collectibles across player cards, video moments, and cricket artifacts. Through Rario, Indian sports fans can buy, sell, and trade NFTs through FIAT-only mediums — credit cards, debit cards, and bank transfers. Since 2021, Rario has sold over 50,000 NFTs to sports fans across 20 countries with the USA, UK, Australia, and India as its top 4 markets.
Dream Capital was incepted in 2020 to empower startups by following a multi-stage investment strategy ranging from US$1M to $100M ticket sizes, with a key focus on core sectors of Dream Sports such as sports, gaming, and fitness-tech. With Rario, Dream Capital’s portfolio grows to 9 companies and marks the foray of Dream Sports into the Web3 space. This is currently the largest investment by DreamCap, and also the single largest investment in the cricket NFT space globally. Commenting on this, Ankit Wadhwa, Co-Founder & CEO, Rario said, “Cricket is the 2nd largest sport in the world with more than 1.5bn fans globally. NFTs are creating new forms of engagement allowing fans to own and trade digital collectibles. Rario’s global cricket NFT ecosystem will be further strengthened by the 140M sports fans on Dream Sports.”
Speaking on the investment, Dev Bajaj, Chief Strategy Officer, Dream Sports, said, “DreamCap is glad to partner with Rario to help sports fans engage deeper with their favorite players and teams.
Web3 use cases in sports are transformational, and we are looking to back more startups in the space globally with innovative utilities of NFTs.”
About Rario: Founded by IIT Delhi alumni Ankit Wadhwa and Sunny Bhanot, Rario is a digital collectibles platform for cricket fans to collect, trade and play with officially licensed cricket NFTs (Non-fungible Tokens) on the blockchain. Rario’s investors include top VC funds and strategic investors, namely, Dream Capital, Animoca Brands (the global leader in Web3 gaming), Alpha Wave Global (previously Falcon Edge), Kingsway Capital, and Presight Capital. Rario has exclusively partnered with Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers’ Association, several international cricket leagues such as the Caribbean Premier League, Lanka Premier League, Abu Dhabi T10 League Legends League Cricket, and renowned internationally acclaimed cricket talent such as Virender Sehwag, Zaheer Khan, Rishabh Pant, Smriti Mandhana, Faf Du Plessis, Rashid Khan, Aaron Finch, Shakib Al Hasan, Quinton De Kock, Jason Holder, Shafali Verma, Prithvi Shaw, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Venkatesh Iyer, Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Siraj, Dinesh Karthik, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and many more.
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About Dream Capital: Dream Capital (DreamCap) is the Corporate Venture Capital and M&A arm of Dream Sports, India’s leading Sports Technology company. DreamCap is a multi-stage investor, with cheque sizes ranging from $1 — $100M+ depending on the stage of the company, including larger ticket size global M&A deals.
The core investment areas for DreamCap are sports and sports-tech, gaming, and fitness-tech, and aims to complement entrepreneurs with strategy, product, and marketing knowledge that is not typically accessible, especially at an early stage.
DreamCap portfolio includes Dream Sports incubated businesses FanCode, DreamPay, and DreamSetGo, along with DreamGameStudios (formerly known as Rolocule) — a mobile gaming studio building best-in-class sports games, Rario — creators of the world’s first cricket NFT platform, SoStronk — an online B2C Esports platform, Fittr — one of the world’s largest community-based fitness brands, Elevar — a D2C performance sports footwear and equipment brand, and KheloMore — an online sports venue booking platform.