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Metaverse Company InfiniteWorld to Go Public in $700M SPAC Merger

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Metaverse infrastructure platform Infinite Assets, also known as InfiniteWorld, will go public in a merger with special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) Aries I Acquisition Corp.
The combined company will have a pro-forma equity value of $700 million and will trade on the Nasdaq under the “JPG” ticker, the companies said in a statement Monday. The deal is scheduled to close in the first half of next year.
InfiniteWorld helps brands create and monetize digital assets and non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and engage with consumers and fans. The company says it has partnered with over 75 creators and brands. InfiniteWorld recently combined with strategic partner DreamView, which was founded by the team that pioneered computer-generated imagery (CGI) technologies at Lucasfilm and Disney.
“With up to $15 trillion of wealth expected to flow into digital assets over the next 10 years, we are witnessing the birth of a new global asset class and economic system,” Aries Chairman Thane Ritchie said in the statement. “InfiniteWorld’s unparalleled technology infrastructure underscores the transition of commerce to the digital world.”
The transaction will provide up to $171 million in funds, including the cash held by both companies and InfiniteWorld-owned cryptocurrencies valued at $93 million. InfiniteWorld stockholders will own approximately 75% of the combined company, and up to a maximum of 81% if certain share price milestones are achieved.
InfiniteWorld expects the deal to accelerate its platform development and expand brand partnerships.
The company will be led by CEO Yonathan Lapchik, a Deloitte Blockchain Lab veteran and co-creator of blockchain ecosystem SUKU. Nathaniel Hunter, the former CEO of DreamView, will become chief operating officer.
Previous investors in InfiniteWorld include investment firm Morgan Creek Digital, trading firm GSR and liquidity provider Wintermute.

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Facebook parent Meta launches startup accelerator with India’s IT ministry in metaverse push – TechCrunch

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Meta Platforms is looking at India’s burgeoning startup ecosystem as it bolsters its bet on the metaverse. The social juggernaut has partnered with the Indian IT Ministry’s startup hub to launch an accelerator in the country to broaden innovation in emerging technologies, including augmented reality and virtual reality, officials said Tuesday.
MeitY Startup Hub and Meta’s effort, called XR Startup Program, will work with 40 early-stage startups and help them in research and development and developing workable products and services. Each startup will also receive a grant of over $25,000, the American giant said.
The program, supported by Meta’s $50 million XR Programs and Research Fund, will initially hand pick 80 startups to attend a bootcamp. It will also help startups with finding customers, inking relationships and raising funds, Meta said.
Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Minister of State for Electronics & Information Technology and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, said the program is especially aimed at helping encourage technology innovation in smaller cities and towns.
The XR Startup Program is the latest of Meta’s growing participation in the South Asian market’s upskilling efforts. The firm, whose Facebook and WhatsApp services identify India as their largest market by users, partnered with Central Board of Secondary Education, a government body that oversees education in private and public schools in the country, to launch a certified curriculum on digital safety and online well-being, and augmented reality for students and educators in the country.
The program — to be implemented by four Indian institutions, including IIT Delhi — will also host a “grand challenge” for innovation in categories including education, healthcare, entertainment, agritech, climate action, sustainability and tourism, the American giant said.
“India will play a pivotal role in defining future technologies. Decisions and investments made here in India now shape global discussions on how technology can deliver more economic opportunity and better outcomes for people. It is critical that we help to create an ecosystem that will enable India’s tech startups and innovators to build the foundations of the metaverse,” said Joel Kaplan, VP of Global Policy at Meta, in a statement.
Meta’s interest with working with startups in India is also not newly found. The company has backed three startups in the country, including social commerce platform Meesho and online education group Unacademy.
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“India’s rapid tech adoption combined with a vast pool of tech talent puts the country in a vantage position for shaping the future of the internet,” said Ajit Mohan, VP and MD of Facebook India, in a statement.
“For this future to be equitable, it will require active participation from all stakeholders, including developers, businesses, creators, policymakers, and entrepreneurs. We are excited to collaborate with MeitY Startup Hub and hope that the XR Startup Program will act as a catalyst to unlock the use of immersive technology across sectors like education, healthcare, agritech and tourism, not only in India but across the globe.”

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