Sweatcoin, a free smartphone app that pays people to be physically active, said it has secured $5.7 million in funding. The company said it has been the most downloaded app in the health and fitness category in the U.S. and U.K. since September 2017.
The funding round was led by Goodwater Capital, a consumer technology focused Silicon Valley VC firm, alongside Seedcamp, Greylock Partners, Rubylight, SmartHub and a number of high-profile angels including Justin Kan, founder of Twitch and Justin.tv, and Rain Lohmus, founder of LHV Bank, according to a press release from Seedcamp.
本轮融资由Goodwater Capital领投，Goodwater Capital是一家专注于硅谷的风险投资公司，该公司与Seedcamp、Greylock Partners、Rubylight、smartwitch以及许多知名天使投资人，包括Twitch & Justin.tv的创始人Justin Kan和LHV银行的创始人Rain Lohmus。以上资讯由一篇”种子营”的新闻稿提供。
The release states, “Sweatcoin has innovation at its core and has created a world’s first digital currency backed by the economic value of physical movement in its simplest form — steps. Based in London, the raise will see the company take on global expansion and develop an open-source blockchain.”
Reshma Sohoni, co-founder and managing partner of Seedcamp, commented: “The team at Sweatcoin have experienced phenomenal growth since launch just 12 months ago and have created a new, powerful Movement Economy that rewards people for their physical efforts. It’s a sophisticated product that consumers clearly love and we have a huge amount confidence in the founders to take this ambitious vision of a new, global digital currency and execute effectively.”
Anton Derlyatka, co-founder of Sweatcoin, said: “We are thrilled to have backing from such a great group of investors. More than 5m registered users in less than 12 months and more than 2m weekly actives is a good start. We will now continue focusing on great user experience and global expansion (currently Sweatcoin is only available in the US, UK and Ireland).”
Anton Derlyatka是Sweatcoin的联合创始人，他说:“我们很高兴能得到如此多的投资者的支持。”在不到12个月的时间里，超过500万的注册用户，每周超过200万的活跃用户是一个良好的开端。我们现在将继续专注于强大的用户体验和全球扩张 (目前只有美国、英国和爱尔兰)。