UK QANplatform, the quantum-resistant Layer 1 blockchain, receives $15 million investment from Qatar investment company MBK Holding. In September 2023, MBK holding publicly expressed their support for QANplatform.

The QANplatform unveiled its private blockchain on September 12th 2023. The platform which is both quantum resistant and compatible with Ethereum’s EVM received support from Qatar ruling family member H.E. Sheikh Mansoor Bin Khalifa Al Thani.  In a privately held partner event prior to the public launch of QANplatform, H.E. Sheikh Mansoor Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Member of the Qatari Ruling Family, Chairman of MBK Holding, and former ICT Director for The Council of The Qatar Ruling Family Affairs stated, “We always evolve but not everyone leads the way. I’m proud to support the introduction of a cutting-edge deep tech project, such as QANplatform, in the Gulf region and on the global market.”

Today MBK holding has gone a step further and announced their $15 million investment in QANplatform days before the launch of its testnet.

MBK Holding, an investment holding company with its main office in Qatar and a subsidiary in the United Kingdom, focuses on investing in technology startups. The Founder and Chairman, H.E. Sheikh Mansoor Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, member of the Qatari ruling family, formerly served for a decade as the director of information technology for The Council of The Qatar Ruling Family Affairs.

In addition MBK Holding will offer growth services to facilitate global market access and expansion for QANplatform. MBK Holding’s focus extends to various regional markets, including Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, and United Kingdom while also encompassing other global opportunities.

H.E. Sheikh Mansoor Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Founder and Chairman of MBK Holding commented, “MBK Holding proudly backs QANplatform, the game-changing quantum-resistant blockchain platform and nominates Johann Polecsak as the Director of Blockchain of MBK Holding. Blockchain technology in general, is still an untapped area with many opportunities and potential to transform entire value chains, sectors, and business processes. As a deep tech startup, QANplatform can lead the next wave of blockchain platforms with its remarkable features, including multi-language smart contracts and quantum-resistant security. QANplatform is a great fit for our portfolio and partner companies to discover and benefit from the potential of its technology.”

Johann Polecsak, Co-Founder and CTO of QANplatform added, “Working alongside MBK Holding and their team is truly an honor. QANplatform is driven by the vision of creating the safest and most user-friendly blockchain platform, enabling the development of numerous real-world robust applications that bring tangible value to various industries.”

MBK Holding recently signed a strategic partnership with the Ministry of Investment of Saudi Arabia to support entrepreneurial growth and innovation in Saudi Arabia by developing growth services that seek to create market-leading investment opportunities.

QANplatform will be the first EVM-compatible, quantum-resistant Layer 1 hybrid blockchain platform where developers can code smart contract, DApp, DeFi, DAO, token, NFT, Metaverse, CBDC, tokenized asset, and robust Web3 solutions on top of the QAN blockchain platform in any programming language.

As a hybrid blockchain, QANplatform will have a private and public blockchain as well. In September 2023, QANplatform marked a new era of Web3 OS (Operating System) with the launch of the QAN Private Blockchain. QANplatform has unveiled the world’s first private blockchain that is both quantum-resistant (using NIST primary recommended post-quantum algorithm), and compatible with Ethereum’s EVM, while also enabling developers to code smart contracts in any programming language.

QANplatform’s ecosystem is building up with renowned companies such as Hacken, Beosin, or Alpine Esports. In February 2023, Alpine Esports, a Group Renault brand, and inter alia in the Formula 1® Esports Series signed QANplatform as its Official Blockchain Partner. In September 2023, QANplatform was selected to the Ernst & Young Startup Program as one of the nine selected promising startups in the technology and finance sectors, chosen from among hundreds of applicants globally.

This announcement comes as Qatar enters the blockchain era, with the launch of its digital assets lab, as well as partnerships with R3, Settlemint and others.

UAE based Ghaf Labs, a boutique consultancy and advisory firm specializing in web3 ventures partners with Sui Foundation, a Blockchain Foundation that supports the growth and proliferation of the Sui blockchain protocol (“Sui”) and associated ecosystem.

Sui is a Layer 1 blockchain and smart contract platform designed from the bottom up to make digital asset ownership fast, private, secure, and accessible to everyone.

This strategic alliance is aimed at driving Sui Foundation’s expansion within the UAE and the MENA region, fostering the growth of web3 adoption.

Established in 2019, Ghaf Capital Partners, a private investment firm, has solidified its position as a pioneering player in the web3 investment space, boasting an impressive portfolio of 75 portfolio companies. The team’s extensive business background and strong web2 exposure have uniquely positioned them to navigate the dynamic landscapes of both traditional and blockchain-based industries.

In response to the growing demand from companies seeking exposure in the MENA region, Ghaf Capital introduced Ghaf Labs, a boutique advisory and consultancy service dedicated to web3 ventures. The Labs’ philosophy is centered on providing personalized attention to a select number of clients each year, ensuring that their unique needs and goals are met with utmost precision and care.

As part of this groundbreaking partnership, Sui Foundation will be supported holistically through Ghaf’s expertise and market insights. With ambitious plans to expand its ecosystem in the UAE, Sui Foundation aims to tap into the region through a series of direct objectives, such as university partnerships, discussions with regulators, organizing regional hackathons and supporting local web3 projects.

Sui Foundation shall kick off its presence in the region by participating in some of the most prominent web3 summits in the UAE for Q4 2023, such as, Future Blockchain Summit, World Blockchain Summit and Global Blockchain Congress.

Sui Foundation will also host a monthly meet up in Dubai called “Sui Connect” which will act as an enabler for community building while fostering local ecosystem stimulation.

“We are delighted to partner with Sui Foundation on their journey to become the leading choice for web3 partnerships,” said Sheikh Al Mualla bin Ahmed Al Mualla, Co-founder of Ghaf Labs. “Their team’s commitment to excellence and groundbreaking innovations aligns perfectly with our vision of fostering the growth of web3 technologies in the MENA region,” Said Feras Al Sadek, Co-founder of Ghaf Labs.

Greg Siourounis, Managing Director at Sui Foundation, also expressed his enthusiasm about the partnership, saying, “Together with Ghaf Labs, we are poised to ignite an era of transformative advancements in web3 technologies in the MENA region and beyond, bringing Sui’s state-of-the-art blockchain-based technologies to bear addressing real world challenges that have not been solved by traditional centralized networks. We believe our shared vision will pave the way for building a global decentralized web3 ecosystem based on the most advanced technologies and inclusive of all people.”