4th ICO / STO Report

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ICO / STO Facts & Figures

In 2018, over 1’132 ICOs / STOs have happened successfully, which is twice as much as in 2017 (total of 552).


Besides, the total amount raised has nearly tripled to almost USD 20Bio compared to 2017 (total of USD 7Bio)..


However, two unicorn ICOs (EOS USD 4.1bn & Telegram USD 1.7bn) accounted for over 5.8bn of the 2018 volume (approx 30%).


In H2 2018, numbers and volume of ICOs / STOs declined sharply, reflecting both the shift from ICO to STO and the “crypto winter”.

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STOs & Tokenization of Assets

Security Token Offerings (STOs) are not fundamentally different from ICOs, but a more mature and regulated form, as the underlying tokens provide different financial rights, including dividends or shares


STOs combine many features of ICOs (e.g. low entry barriers for investors) as well as traditional Venture Capital / Private Equity fundraising characteristics (e.g. regulations based on local security laws, incl. KYC / AML)


Tokenization of Assets (i.e., process of converting an asset into a digital token on the blockchain system) is another trend and expands from commodity tokenization (e.g. gold, oil) to tokenization of intangible goods (e.g. music rights)

Regulatory Environment

Jurisdictions continue to pass specific crypto assets and tokenization laws across all continents.


As a global trend, jurisdictions leverage existing security regulations as “STO framework”, allowing management of cross-boarder complexity complexity.

Infrastructure “Level Up”

As STOs are becoming fully regulated, the corresponding infrastructure must “level up” – e.g., for trading and exchange, incumbent exchanges are entering the crypto space.


• Moreover, additional services will be demanded by market participants, such as flexible custody solutions, market data services (MDS), reliable rating services & quality research as well as technical standards & APIs.

In 2018, over 1’132 ICOs / STOs have collected nearly USD
20Bio, despite declining numbers in H2 2018

Since May 18, the first STO, tZERO, has entered the top 15 of
the biggest ICOs / STOs

Overview: 15 Biggest ICOs / STOs Overall Since 2016

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