Ethereum raised 18 million via crowdfunding, but has any other corporations put funding into Ethereum yet?
Here's an attempt to answer this question as of February 1 2016, defining Ethereum as the Ethereum Foundation or close to it. Since Ethereum is a platform, this answer excludes funding that is procured by anyone building something on the platform. According to the Ethereum Foundation's blog, there have been 3 companies: Microsoft, Wanxiang, and Omise.
Marley Gray, Director of Technology Strategy US Financial Services at Microsoft said, “Microsoft is excited to sponsor and attend Ethereum’s DevCon1. We find the Ethereum blockchain incredibly powerful and look forward to collaborating within the Ethereum Community. We see a future where the combination of Microsoft Azure and Ethereum can enable new innovative platforms like Blockchain-as-a-Service. This will serve as an inflection point to bring blockchain technology to enterprise clientele”.
The first of these to announce itself is the Wanxiang blockchain research institute and fund based in Shanghai (yes, this is the “major collaboration” I hinted on recently, and is also my much delayed answer to “how did your China trip go?”), which includes (i) an agreement to purchase 416K ETH, which has already concluded, (ii) an upcoming conference in October, (iii) a non-profit blockchain research institute, and (iv) a $50m blockchain venture-capital fund, all with emphasis on Ethereum development.
The good news is that ÐΞVgrants isn’t over, because we now have $100K USD of additional funds to work with through the new year, thanks to a generous donation by Omise.