NFT Companies to Follow
Every year, new startups pull to the forefront of their industry through exciting innovation and industry-disrupting business models. We’ve rounded up the most exciting NFT startups of 2023 that startup-lovers, investors, and aspiring entrepreneurs should follow.
Disclaimer: With so many exciting startups launching and growing worldwide, we aren’t able to cover them all. Furthermore, the startups that are listed below are not officially ranked and are listed in no particular order.
1. Dapper Labs
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Funding: $612.5 Million
Dapper Labs uses blockchain to provide experiences and digital collectibles that are “ready for the real world.” This startup touts the fact that it has participated in several high-profile NFT projects, including NBA Top Shot, CryptoKitties, and UFC Flow.
Most recently, the company announced plans with Mixi, Inc. to launch NFT experiences for consumers across Japan on Flow, a next-generation blockchain designed for consumer-friendly applications.
Location: Miami, Florida
Funding: $10 Million
Florida-based Nifty’s taps into the power of social media, allowing various stakeholders in the NFT world – creators, collectors, and curators – to follow each other’s work. This provides users with a wider market in which to trade their assets. In addition, people can use the platform to network with others who have similar interests, taking advantage of Nifty’s more than 2 million NFTs and counting.
Funding: $13 Million
Mintable allows users to mint and trade digital tokens in the company’s marketplace. Current categories include art, music, videos, collectibles, sports, and utility, with more in the works. The company recently announced a partnership with Ripple, a leading provider of enterprise blockchain and crypto solutions, to encourage growth in the NFT industry and help provide equal access to opportunities in the space for creators of all disciplines and backgrounds.
4. Own the Moment NFT
Location: Tampa Bay, Florida
Based in Florida, Own the Moment NFT is a platform, content provider, and community builder that provides everything needed to collect and invest in NFTs. Own the Moment’s tools help users make better NFT investments by gathering data on particular assets. Each OTM user gets an experienced partner that helps craft an NFT strategy, including discovery, education, analysis, and discussion.
5. KnownOrigin (Acquired by eBay)
Location: Manchester, United Kingdom
Funding: £3.5 Million
KnownOrigin allows users to buy digital artwork. While there are a lot of digital artwork sites out there, KnownOrigin tries to differentiate itself by offering fewer, higher-quality pieces and an interface that mimics an art gallery. The trade volume is lower, but NFT collectors might be happier with their purchases.
Location: Dover, Delaware
Funding: $16 Million
Users can trade blockchain-secured digital items on this community-owned site. It’s a platform for a diverse variety of creators and brands, including LIRONA, Pak, The Watcher, eBoy, Aavegotchi, Twitter, Lindsay Lohan, and Floyd Mayweather Jr. Features include multiple-edition NFTs, timed auctions, royalties, messenger, personalized activity feed, and more.
7. Yield Guild Games
Location: Manila, Philippines
Funding: $36.2 Million
Yield Guild Games brings players together to earn money from playing NFT games. Members collectively vote on what games they want to play, what virtual assets to invest in, and how those assets will be used in the games. This “pay-to-earn gaming guild,” based in the Philippines, has an ambitious goal: to develop the largest virtual economy in the world.
Location: Hoan Kiem, Vietnam
Funding: $23 Million
Spores calls itself a curated NFT marketplace and GameFi publisher with an Asian influence and a global reach. It helps “artists, creators, and brands activate the Metaverse.” Its GameFi store will feature 10 games in the first quarter of 2022, with two new games added each month after that. Spores has a goal of onboarding 10,000 artists into its primary market in the first quarter of 2022.
Location: London, United Kingdom
Funding: $5 Million
Verisart harnesses the power of the blockchain through its independent NFT minting service and patented global certification standard to help creators build their businesses. It claims to be the first company to apply blockchain to certification in the art and collectibles market. In addition, customers can use the company’s authentication service to create NFTs quickly.
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Funding: $5.9 Million
As with most NFT sites, users can manage and trade digital assets with MomentRanks’ platform. However, the company only allows NBA Top Shot NFTs, so its audience is relatively limited. Still, the company says that hundreds of thousands of people use MomentRanks for data insights, social experiences, account valuations, and top-notch educational content.
Recommended: Check out our full list of the hottest startups to watch in 2023!