JAN 30, 2024
OKX Ventures broadens portfolio to include Orbiter Finance
OKX Ventures, the investment arm of the well-known crypto exchange and Web3 technology company OKX, has recently disclosed a strategic investment in Singapore’s Orbiter Finance.
Developing ZK-proof technology
The investment marks a significant step forward in advancing the evolution of blockchain infrastructure, given that Orbiter Finance has achieved recognition for its innovation in the process of developing its zero-knowledge (ZK) technology-based omni-chain rollup on the Ethereum network.
This initiative goes beyond Orbiter Finance’s initial role as an asset cross-rollup bridge. Over the last two years, Orbiter has processed over 12 million transactions with a total transaction volume surpassing $7.8 billion. The protocol has amassed a user base of over three million and cultivated a community exceeding 700,000 users and enthusiasts.
Orbiter Rollup announcement
According to a series of posts on the X social media platform over the course of the weekend, the project is gearing up to launch a ZK-tech-based instant omni-chain rollup on Ethereum. A standout feature of the protocol is the integration of ZK Simplified Payment Verification (SPV) to authenticate Layer 2 transactions on the mainnet and combat fraudulent re-layers via the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM).
This development introduces a secure, efficient, low-cost and rapid communication mechanism for Ethereum, with the added security benefits of ZK-SPV enabling Orbiter Finance to grant complete access to the “Maker” role. This marks a significant milestone in achieving decentralization within blockchain infrastructure.
Dora Yue, founder of OKX Ventures, expressed enthusiasm about spearheading the strategic investment in Orbiter Finance. She highlighted the protocol’s ability to overcome traditional bridge limitations, specifically in terms of speed, and its crucial role in enhancing the efficiency of cross-chaining between various Layer 2s and the Ethereum mainnet.
Other investors in the project include Redpoint China, Hash Global and Skyland Ventures.
Supporting 19 networks
Currently supporting over 19 Layer 2 rollups and a multitude of native Ethereum assets, Orbiter Finance is positioning itself as a vital infrastructure component for the Layer 2 ecosystem. Yue commended the team’s ongoing commitment to product upgrades and their dedication to ensuring a more decentralized and trustless foundation for the Layer 2 ecosystem’s growth in 2024.
With an initial capital commitment of $100 million, OKX Ventures is focused on exploring and supporting the best global blockchain projects, fostering cutting-edge technology innovation, and investing in projects that provide long-term structural value. The venture aims to nurture innovative companies by offering global resources and leveraging historical experience in the blockchain industry.
Orbiter Finance also maintains an openness to incorporating additional networks. It has established strategic partnerships with key players such as Arbitrum, Optimism, Polygon, Linea, zkSync, Base, Starknet, Scroll, Manta Network and others. In this manner, it has solidified its position in the ecosystem.
Notably, the protocol announced a collaborative strategic partnership with Ingonyama earlier this month, taking a step forward in advancing ZKP acceleration. Ingonyama is a next-generation semiconductor company specializing in ZK-proof technology. With that, it is actively exploring the integration of ICICLE, a GPU library for zero-knowledge acceleration, into Orbiter’s ZKP system through multiple meetings and code-sharing initiatives.