How Solana Prime revolutionizes the Launchpad Ecosystem

TL;DR: Nodeseeds has invested in Solana prime, the first VC DAO and Launchpad in the Solana ecosystem!

4 min readMar 24, 2022


Getting Ahead

Let’s face it — many launchpads in already populated blockchain ecosystems are largely copy-paste jobs. That reality doesn’t entail a fundamental lack of value. However, it does mean that these largely copycat platforms lack the innovative luster we’ve come to know and love with blockchain projects. That’s what makes Solana Prime such a unique innovation. Built on the world-renowned Solana blockchain, Solana Prime introduces some serious innovation and democratizing variables to their ecosystem!

Solana Prime identifies three main challenges current launchpad ecosystems face and is making great strides in solving them!

  • Tiered economics entails serious capital inefficiency while also facilitating a fundamental lack of liquidity, driving most participants to flee their investments directly following the post-launch liquidity event.
  • Centralized governance means some individual or small group has their hands on the wheel, making for a fundamentally skewed incentive structure.
  • A lack of innovation plagues most launchpad ecosystems, as the massive amount of liquidity floating around crypto has bred a sense of complacency.

Innovating for Tomorrow

Solving any systemic issue entails some serious outside-the-box thinking. Pushing for incremental changes works when we want to form individual habits, but changing ecosystems requires a much more significant shake-up! To accomplish this, Solana Prime utilizes several groundbreaking mechanisms that facilitate more equitable access to investment opportunities while simultaneously rewarding users with the most skin in the game. Let’s take a look at what they’re bringing to the table:

  • Smart Tiers — The simple stair-step mechanism used by most launchpads heavily favors whales and insiders. Solana Prime takes a differentiated approach by leveraging pool weight multipliers, rewarding $PRIME stakers for their contribution to the ecosystem. Participation odds ensure that those with the most skin in the game get a guaranteed seat at the IDO table while lower tiers remain probabilistic in potential participation. Finally, Solana Prime introduces a distribution balancer factor to circumvent the inevitable concentration of IDO participation, ensuring that participants in lower tiers who miss sequential IDOs have a higher probability of participating in subsequent token sales. These factors make for a far fairer and more equitable investment landscape.
  • Prime Insurance — The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry… which is a fancy way of saying that sometimes IDO launches bite the dust. Solana Prime offers insurance for just such an occasion, facilitating a put option for IDO tokens relative to the $PRIME token! This ability means that should a particular project flop hard upon launch, users who purchase Prime Insurance can recoup some or all of their initial investment, shielding them from the bad ends that potentially lurk around any given corner in the industry.
  • Prime Index — Having a hard time keeping up with all the exciting new projects in the industry? Every IDO on Solana Prime must contribute 10% of their IDO tokens to the Solana Prime Index Pool. Users can mint $iPRIME tokens, which boast a value intrinsically backed by this basket IDO assets! In this way, platform users can gain exposure to every project launched on Solana Prime and even pay a premium to redeem the underlying tokens themselves.
  • Prime DAO — No more shady dealings in smoke-filled back rooms (or Zoom calls). Solana Prime leverages the dynamic and democratic nature of a DAO to make platform-altering decisions. By sacrificing the nimbleness of a benevolent (or not) dictatorship, Solana Prime places the future of the platform and investment decisions firmly in the hands of the community!

The Bright Future

Solana Prime has done a fantastic job thus far in blazing a trail for the launchpads of tomorrow. Democratic governance, unparalleled user protection and potential for exposure to IDO assets, and fair launch parameters that both reward large holders while including smaller participants packs a powerful punch. While there’s no silver bullet for solving every issue that may come with raising capital in crypto, Solana Prime goes a long way in solving the most glaring of these challenges.

Nodeseeds proudly supports projects that facilitate more democratic and equitable access to investment opportunities. We work tirelessly to break down barriers to entry in the industry wherever we find them. Solana Prime shares this ethos, and we’re happy to back their endeavors to facilitate a more fair investment landscape overall. We’re still in the early days of crypto, as jarring as that might seem. Setting a culture of inclusion and fairness will make all the difference for years to come! Make sure to check out how we’re helping sew the seeds for future success on our social media, and pay special attention to our first incubated project, Era Spheres, with exciting new information dropping daily! You won’t be disappointed.

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