Roughly six months after Pudgy Penguins CEO denied the NFT collection was seeking to raise up to $10 million, it has announced securing $9 million in the completion of its seed round.
The round was led by 1kx, “an early-stage investment firm that specializes in ecosystem growth,” the collection said in a statement. Big Brain Holdings, Kronos Research, the founders of LayerZero Labs, Old Fashion Research, and CRIT Ventures also participated, according to the statement.
Last November, Pudgy Penguins CEO Luca Netz said The Block’s story that his collection sought to raise up to $10 million was “all wrong information,” and warned he would publicly brand any story on the subject “fake news.”
The collection launched in 2021 and Netz acquired it the next year. Last week, it said Hollywood talent agency WME will represent the collection as it pursues "relationships in film, TV, and gaming."
In its funding statement, Pudgy Penguins said it would use the fresh capital to help monetize its brand's intellectual property through, in part, merchandising.
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