OKX Ventures Announces Strategic Investment in Bitlayer, the First Bitcoin Security-Equivalent Layer 2 Solution Based on BitVM Paradigm

OKX Ventures
2 min readMay 20, 2024

Singapore, May 20, 2024 — OKX Ventures, the investment arm of leading crypto exchange and Web3 technology company OKX, is pleased to announce that it has invested in Bitlayer, the first Bitcoin security-equivalent Layer 2 based on BitVM.

Bitlayer aims to scale the Bitcoin network’s transaction capability. Advocating for the Taproot and BitVM technologies, Bitlayer has adopted the Discreet Log Contract (DLC) framework to handle more conditional financial applications securely.

Over the past 15 years, Bitcoin has dominated 53.4% of the more than 2.28 trillion crypto assets. Ethereum contributed 15.8%, with its Total Value Locked (TVL) exceeding $90 billion and Layer 2 solutions scaling to $39 billion. The momentum brought by the Ordinals, Runes and BRC-20 protocols is evident, with Runes and Ordinals reaching a market cap of over $700 million and $33 million, respectively. This equates to approximately $418 million in total fees. Moreover, over 11.39 million active Bitcoin users are seeking diverse interactions within the Bitcoin network.

OKX Ventures Founder Dora Yue said: “Bitcoin has won trust through its development philosophy, designed around decentralization, trustlessness, and pseudonymity to maintain user privacy. OKX Ventures supports Bitcoin scaling specifically through vertical, horizontal, inward, and layered scaling in past investment portfolios. Bitlayer addresses the two main challenges in Bitcoin Layer 2: L1 verification and a trustless bridge. This is achieved by contributing to the BitVM community and project. Since the launch of Bitlayer Mainnet V1, it has accumulated $179,600 in fees last month and now also supports multiple bridges between Bitlayer and other Layer 1 chains, including Bitcoin/EVM chains. We look forward to seeing more Bitcoin amplifications like NFTs and other liquidity assets produced on Bitlayer.”

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About Bitlayer

Bitlayer is the first Bitcoin Layer 2 solution based on the BitVM paradigm. Bitlayer’s core objective is to address the trade-off between security (trustlessness) and Turing completeness in BTC layer 2 through cryptographic innovations and blockchain protocol engineering.

Bitlayer is committed to becoming the computation layer for Bitcoin, aiming to introduce ultra-scalability to Bitcoin while inheriting its security, providing users with a high-throughput, low-cost transaction experience.

About OKX Ventures

OKX Ventures is the investment arm of global leading crypto exchange and Web3 technology company OKX, with an initial capital commitment of USD 100 million. It focuses on exploring the best blockchain projects on a global scale, supporting cutting-edge blockchain technology innovation, promoting the healthy development of the global blockchain industry, and investing in long-term structural value.

Through its commitment to supporting entrepreneurs who contribute to the development of the blockchain industry, OKX Ventures helps build innovative companies and brings global resources and historical experience to blockchain projects.

Find out more about OKX Ventures here.

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OKX Ventures

OKX Ventures is an investment institution under OKX.com, focusing on exploring the best blockchain projects across the globe.