Celebrity VC fund unveils $1m NFT contest judged by Snoop Dogg and Mark Cuban

Sound Ventures, a enterprise capital fund comprising celebrities, musicians, and a billionaire, are providing not less than $1 million for the “most progressive” concept for a nonfungible token, or NFT over the following week.

Introduced on April 5, the event invitations anybody from all over the world to pitch their NFT challenge to a workforce of eight judges earlier than April 12. In accordance with the competitors web page, it doesn’t matter if the pitches are little greater than an concept or a fully-fledged product already in the marketplace. The wording additionally suggests the competition’s winners may have the chance to work alongside Sound Ventures long-term.

“These making use of must be fascinated by constructing an organization over the long-term,” the announcement says.

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

These chosen will not be required to simply accept the funding and there are not any set phrases for the way the for the way 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 might whole greater than $1 million.

Sound Ventures’ co-founders, Ashton Kutcher and 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 investo Whale Shark and Metakovan, and Scalar Capital co-founder Lina Xie.

$1 million Sound Ventures Competitors Judges: Sound Ventures

Whale Shark and Metakovan, though not nicely often known as among the different judges, are among the most revered within the NFT area. The Whale Shark not too long ago tokenized a vault containing their NFT assortment, permitting traders to purchase into it. It at present has a market cap of just about $23 million. Metakovan, or Vignesh Sundaresan, is the winner of Beeple’s $69 million Christie’s public sale final month, and a distinguished NFT collector.

The competition was arrange by Sound Ventures’ co-founders, well-known Actor Ashton Kutcher and expertise supervisor Man Oseary. Oseary shoppers embrace U2 and long-time enterprise associate Madonna. The pair additionally run VC agency A-Grade Investments, which has a historical past of supporting profitable initiatives comparable to Airbnb, Foursquare, Shazam, SoundCloud, Spotify, and Uber.

Ashton Kutcher has already made a questionable title for himself within the NFT sector auctioning a digital copy of a pocket book scribble in August 2020. The unique drawing was destroyed to showcase some great benefits of digital over bodily artworks, with the funds raised mentioned to go in direction of for ecological conservation non-profits.

Ashton Kutcher showcases his now-incinerated paintings

The paintings titled “The Eye of The Beholder” was bought for 20 ETH (at present value $42,600) within the auction.