Turbocharging adoption
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An innovation network for hypergrowth

Kadena Eco is a new initiative designed to bring together the biggest thinkers in the blockchain industry, top-tier tech talent, and unparalleled strategic capital to fuel Kadena’s ecosystem hypergrowth.

Leadership team

Kadena Eco’s leadership brings together world-class Web1 to Web3 industry experts.

This team oversees our long-term vision for ecosystem growth for our community of developers, entrepreneurs, investors and partners in support of our mission of mainstream adoption of blockchain, Web3 and NFTs.

Paul Hsu, left, and Francesco Melpignano combine a world class track record as builders, growth investors and operators across Web1 to Web3.


Kadena Eco is an innovation network fueling mainstream adoption on Kadena’s builder-centric blockchain that delivers Web3 innovation with Web2 usability.

We’re uniting technical founders and entrepreneurs with the world’s top blockchain leaders, venture capitalists and acceleration partners to support startups at every phase of their development journey.

Kadena Eco aims to speed the development and adoption of meaningful applications that benefit everyday people, worldwide.

Ecosystem fund and next steps

Kadena Eco’s initial focus is developing a core ecosystem fund that will deploy capital to builders using Kadena and provide the technological and strategic help they need to become the industry titans of tomorrow.

In the near future, Kadena Eco will bring on many strategic co-investment partners.

We also plan to scale core R&D efforts, advance our grants program, and formalize an accelerator program.

Empowering builders for innovation

Kadena Eco will help grow the Kadena ecosystem by accommodating builders at all stages and at any level of expertise – from early to web2 companies with millions of users exploring web3.


For hands-on technical development to advance builder skills and ideas.


For early capital and guidance to empower startups from launch to scale.

Research & Development

To architect the Kadena infrastructure required to transform complex technical concepts into real-world practical applications.

Grant programs

To support community-oriented projects.

Venture fund

Smart capital, strategic growth and operational expertise to propel companies using or pivoting to Kadena’s blockchain platform to realize their vision.

Meet the team

We are founders, builders, engineers, growth operators, product people, investors, community builders. Best way to reach us is via Twitter and LinkedIn DMs.

Francesco Melpignano – CEO

Paul Hsu – CIIO

Tyler Benster – Tech Adoption Lead

Dan Wiggins – Head of Gaming

Stuart Popejoy –   Advisor 

Technology & Financial Markets

Will Martino – Advisor

Technology & Regulations

Doug Beardsley – Advisor

Technology & Developer Growth

Strategic partners

Meet our investors, co-investors and growth partners. These are our allied forces. 

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