Neon Labs, developer of Ethereum virtual machine on Solana, raises $40 million

Quick Take

  • Neon Labs, which is building a Solana EVM, has raised $40 million in a private token sale round.
  • The EVM will allow Ethereum-based dApps such as Aave to deploy on Solana more easily.

Neon Labs, a crypto startup building an Ethereum virtual machine (EVM) on Solana, has raised $40 million in a private token sale round.

Jump Capital led the round, with Three Arrows Capital, Solana Capital, Rockaway Blockchain Fund, Ethereal Ventures, IDEO CoLab Ventures, and others participating.

With fresh capital at hand, Neon Labs plans to scale its current team of 15 to over 30 in the next few months, CEO Marina Guryeva told The Block. The firm is looking for developers as well as marketing and business development talent to continue building its offerings.

Neon Labs' EVM is currently live on Solana testnet and devnet and will be launched on mainnet "soon," said Guryeva. It will allow Ethereum-based decentralized applications (dApps) to deploy on Solana more easily.

"Sushi, Aave and several more dApps have confirmed their interest in deploying on Neon EVM," said Guryeva. "But they need us to enable integrations with the infrastructure providers to be able to do so. This is our first priority in parallel to the mainnet launch."

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