$3.7 Million Collected in ICO on the Waves Blockchain Platform for Construction of Production Facility in Russia 

ZrCoin Research and Production Start-Up Collects $3.7 Million from More Than 1,500 Participants in Cryptocurrency Crowdfunding Campaign

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ZrCoin, a crowdfunding investment campaign, has achieved success with the collection of $3.7 million over the course of two weeks, from 11-25 May. The funds will be used to start production of synthetic zirconium in the Urals, with an initial capacity of 400 tons/month in 2018.

The campaign is based on a new technology used to invest in projects using the blockchain: the ICO or Initial Coin Offering. More than 1,500 investors took part in the project over two weeks, helping the initiative to pass its minimum funding threshold of $3.5 million.

The funds collected include:

  • 670,694 USD
  • 444 BTC
  • 651,430 WAVES
  • 2,837 LTC
  • 3,120 ETH
  • 6,732 ETH CLASSIC

You can find detailed statistics on the campaign and complete information about the project at https://zrcoin.io

“We want to thank investors for their support during the ICO, and we can now confirm that the plant for the production of raw materials in high demand by the industry will be launched. Thanks to blockchain technology, it was possible to attract financing in an extremely short period of time. The bold decision to offer a new investment vehicle backed by the commodity that we plan to produce was met with interest,” comments ZrCoin co-founder, Andrey Nikonorov. “We now expect that we will be able to raise enough funds for the construction of a second facility. More and more start-ups are choosing ICOs as a way to gain funds for development, and our team is proud to be among the first projects in the cryptocurrency sector with real-world application.”

Previously, the project team invested around $1 million of its own funds in the development of technology for the production of synthetic zirconium, using waste products from the metallurgical industry.

The cost of 1 kg of zirconium dioxide (ZrO2) was used as the basis for the blockchain token, issued by ZrCoin. ZrCoin was initially sold on the market at a price of $1.40, and over the course of the ICO its cost will gradually increase to $1.55. As soon as production and delivery begin, tokens will be repurchased from investors at the market price of the commodity ($2.80). Physical delivery of zirconium based on token ownership is also possible. After the crowdfunding campaign ends and the ZrCoin token is created and distributed using the Waves blockchain, it can be transferred to exchanges for trading.

ZrCoin invested $1 million in “green” technology for the production of zirconium dioxide, an in-demand commodity in the manufacturing industry. Its unique feature is the synthesis of this key product from industrial wastes. The project combines cutting-edge financial technology with the environmentally safe production of one of the most popular fire-resistant materials in the world – synthetic zirconium dioxide (ZrO2).

The first plant will be located in Magnitogorsk in the Chelyabinsk Region. Construction and launch of the first production line are scheduled for Spring 2018.

About Richard Kastelein

Founder of industry publication Blockchain News, partner at ICO services collective CryptoAsset Design Group (helped raise over $200m+), director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) and ICO event organiser at leading industry event  CryptoFinancing (first ICO event in Europe) – Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He sits on the advisory boards of half a dozen Blockchain startups and has written over 1200 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published pioneering articles on ICOs in Harvard Business Review and Venturebeat.
 
Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain technology in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Dubai, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Groningen, the Hague, Helsinki, London, Manchester, Minsk, Nairobi, Nanchang, San Mateo, Shanghai,Tel Aviv and Venice. His network is global and extensive.
 
He is a Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Métis) whose writing career has ranged from the Canadian Native Press (Arctic) to the Caribbean & Europe. He’s written occasionally for Harvard Business Review, Wired, Venturebeat, The Guardian and Virgin.com and his work and ideas have been translated into Dutch, Greek, Polish, German and French.
 
A journalist by trade, an entrepreneur and adventurer at heart, Kastelein’s professional career has ranged from political publishing to TV technology, boatbuilding to judging startups, skippering yachts to marketing and more as he’s travelled for nearly 30 years as a Canadian expatriate living around the world.
 
In his 20s, he sailed around the world on small yachts and wrote a series of travel articles called, “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Seas’ travelling by hitching rides on yachts (1989) in major travel and yachting publications. He currently lives in Groningen, Netherlands where he’s raising three teenage daughters with his wife and sailing partner, Wieke Beenen.

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