ICOs Calendar

Name Start End Country
October 01, 2019
1 year ago
October 31, 2021
in 1 Month
USA
January 24, 2018
3 years ago
January 24, 2023
in 1 year
N/A
March 01, 2020
1 year ago
December 31, 2025
in 4 years
Singapore
December 20, 2001
19 years ago
March 20, 2001
20 years ago
N/A
August 23, 2017
4 years ago
N/A
USA
September 10, 2017
4 years ago
N/A
Germany
September 25, 2017
3 years ago
N/A
Netherlands
September 30, 2017
3 years ago
N/A
USA
October 10, 2017
3 years ago
N/A
UK
November 03, 2017
3 years ago
N/A
N/A
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Name Start End Country
November 01, 2018
2 years ago
July 27, 2021
1 Month ago
Luxembourg
July 01, 2020
1 year ago
June 30, 2021
2 Months ago
British Virgin Islands
June 25, 2020
1 year ago
January 31, 2021
7 Months ago
UK
November 20, 2019
1 year ago
January 31, 2021
7 Months ago
Nigeria
January 01, 2020
1 year ago
January 01, 2021
8 Months ago
Switzerland
May 01, 2018
3 years ago
December 31, 2020
8 Months ago
USA
July 01, 2018
3 years ago
December 31, 2020
8 Months ago
UK
January 01, 2019
2 years ago
December 31, 2020
8 Months ago
Belize
June 23, 2019
2 years ago
December 31, 2020
8 Months ago
Cayman Islands
August 01, 2019
2 years ago
December 31, 2020
8 Months ago
Hong Kong
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ICOs: How They Work and How You Can Participate in Them

Traditionally, startups raise funds by seeking out investors who will fund their projects in exchange for a stake in the company. One common way for traditional fundraising is through an Initial Public Offering (IPO). Getting this funding can be difficult for businesses and investors alike. In the crypto space, there is an alternative; the Initial Coin Offering or ICO for short.

An ICO is a new and disruptive approach for a firm to raise funds. A crypto project can generate funds without giving up any of its assets to investors. The firm creates a new token and invites people to buy it before releasing it to the public market.

How ICOs Work

The tried method for a technology startup to raise funds is when the startup sells a portion of their ownership stake to a venture capitalist in exchange for money. The venture capitalist purchases the stake hoping that their investment will be worth more in the future than the money they paid now.

With the uptake of blockchain technology, these startups have found a new, democratic, transparent, and faster way to fundraise using cryptocurrencies or tokens. The startups create tokens on the blockchain and then distribute them in return for monetary contributions. These tokens serve multiple functions across the blockchain network as either security tokens or utility tokens and may be traded on cryptocurrency exchanges for fiat currency or other coins.

Generally, an ICO’s unique selling proposition is that many people will embrace a project so much that the value of the tokens will rise. The ICO process can be summarized as follows:

Pre-Announcement: In this stage, the upcoming project is marketed on platforms popular with crypto investors. The project team prepares a whitepaper – a technical document presenting a summary of the project’s specifics to the prospective investor. The whitepaper is distributed to these crypto-focused websites and social platforms frequented by cryptocurrency investors.

Offering: In this phase, the team releases the final version of the whitepaper, laying out the conditions of the ICO contract. The proposal will offer investors information about the project, including the target amount, and project dates from the roadmap. It will also specify the type of asset offered during the ICO, which is often tokens. After signing off the contract, the team announces the ICO start date, and the marketing team initiates a vigorous strategy to spread the word about the offering.

Marketing Campaign: This phase is vital for the ICO as it directly contributes to the public’s awareness of the ongoing project and its potential to raise the necessary funds. Since most crypto startups are less known, deploying a marketing agency for this phase will increase the potential success of the ICO campaign. These campaigns often target individual and institutional investors. Top strategies for a successful ICO include: building a community, airdrop campaigns, and ICO listing on ICO calendars. As the campaign draws to a close, investors can start buying the tokens.

The ICO Campaign: Crypto projects issue tokens in one of two main ways. First, the project collects the precise capital it targets to raise as specified in the offer and then distributes the cryptocurrencies to investors proportional to their initial investment. Secondly, the project may opt to sell tokens on cryptocurrency exchanges, releasing them to multiple trading platforms for trading. Immediately after completing the sale, the project starts to fulfill its commitments to investors.

How You Can Participate in an ICO

For the investor, participating in an ICO is an investment like any other. It requires you to be well-informed of the project. Since ICOs put out information on their project, making informed decisions regarding a project is simplified.

To get started, you can research from multiple exchanges, websites, or social platforms that list upcoming or ongoing ICOs. One top ICO calendar is Best Crypto Coins, where you’ll get a catalog of the top ICOs to invest in and the hottest upcoming ICOs. Other platforms that list upcoming and ongoing ICOs are crypto subreddits, Cyber Fund, CoinMarketCap, and even Facebook.

After selecting your favorite project, you can create an account on the project’s platform, perform all necessary tasks required and start purchasing tokens. Whether the project is appealing, conduct due diligence to ensure the project has limited risks with growth potential. Look out for these pointers:

  • The project developers should have a comprehensive understanding of their goals. A successful ICO has a simple, easy-to-understand, and concise whitepaper with no lofty goals.
  • The startup launching an ICO should be transparent. Investors should make an effort to know the team, including leaders and developers.

Startups have simplified the ICO process by leveraging online wallets, allowing investors to send funds directly to the ICO wallet in exchange for the project’s tokens. As an investor, ensure you secure your wallet – keeping your wallet’s private keys protected to eliminate vulnerabilities that could result in the theft of tokens.

Benefits of ICOs

ICOs have accelerated innovation in the crypto ecosystem, generating funds for building new and exciting blockchain tools. Some top tools that have benefited from ICOs are Bancor, Filecoin, Tezos, EOS.

Here are some ways that ICOs benefit startups:

  • Firms can fundraise before completing their launch
  • Startups do not have to sell a stake of their equity
  • ICOs transcend international boundaries, so projects have a wider reach for generating project funding
  • ICOs eliminate intermediaries who would otherwise impose fees on the raised fund

Looking Forward

During the 2017 ICO boom, nearly half of ICO projects failed as get-rich-quick schemes thrived on highly unregulated campaigns. Concerns remain regarding the regulation of ICOs to curb the scams, with many countries set up frameworks to resolve the problem. Even then, the offerings continue to assist businesses in developing ideas and products for the crypto world. The campaigns also drive blockchain adoption into mainstream enterprises.