Hawaii’s Digital Currency Sandbox Seeking To Expand

Hawaii’s Digital Currency Sandbox Seeking To Expand

Dcca News Release: Hawaii’s Digital Currency Sandbox Seeking To Expand The Playing Field
Cryptocurrency Companies Invited to Apply

HONOLULU, HI (STL.News)– The State of Hawaii’s Digital Currency Innovation Lab (DCIL) invites new entities within the cryptocurrency space to join the program – the first of its kind in the state.  Launched in March 2020, the DCIL was formed through a partnership between the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Division of Financial Institutions (DFI) and the Hawaii Technology Development Corporation (HTDC). Companies interested in joining the second round should apply through the HTDC website by February 26, 2021, 5:00 p.m. (HST).

“Despite the pandemic, the DCIL had a strong start and we have experienced positive traction with the first cohort of companies.  We are ready to grow our program and welcome established digital currency companies to join us in enabling financial innovation”, says Iris Ikeda, commissioner of DFI.

The second cohort will join the 11 companies of the program’s inaugural group from last August.  These companies include Apex Crypto, bitFlyer USA, BlockFi Trading, CEX.IO, Cloud Nalu, Coinme, ErisX, Flexa Network, Gemini Trust Company, Novi Financial, and River Financial.

Newly admitted companies gain the opportunity to conduct business in Hawaii without the need to obtain a state money transmitter license through June 30, 2022. 

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