Is Akropolis the answer to blockchain banking?

It’s a sad fact, but there are not many projects in the blockchain industry that really work on creating great products. What’s even worse than that is that there are even fewer that really engage their followers in what they’re doing.

Today, we’re looking at one project that has managed not only to release a fully functional product in a few months since fundraising, but also does a great job in keeping its audience engaged. Meet Akropolis, a project aiming to provide businesses and their users with decentralized financial structures (DeFi), helping them become less dependant on governmental entities in the process.

Building a DeFi economy

  • Open lending platforms
  • Stable coins
  • Investing platforms
  • Exchanges
  • Prediction markets

These tools are usually built upon Ethereum, the most popular platform for decentralized applications. Akropolis will use it as well, which may cause some concerns regarding the network’s scalability. Currently, Ethereum’s throughput index equals only 19 transactions per second. However, Vitalik Buterin’s team doesn’t stand still and is steadily moving towards its next planned hard forks Istanbul and Serenity that will eventually help it switch to PoS and implement Casper.

The core purpose of the project

However, in May 2019, the conception changed and the new whitepaper now targets autonomous financial systems. There’s not too much to complain about here, as it would have been literally a miracle if they had managed to push their initiative with pensions through numerous legal obstacles across different countries. Now Akropolis aims to build a bank-free financial system where individuals will be able to unite into groups for cooperation and exchange of value, leaving centralized control systems out in the cold. The most obvious example of how this approach can be implemented in reality is related to money loans. The platform allows users to operate:

  • at a pretty low rate of interest,
  • with no bank account,
  • with no need for long-term lock-ups to receive interest,
  • With the possibility to get your money back even if your agent “dissolves or fails”

…and many other perks.

The first real use case: Cashflow Relay

This is a DeFi equivalent of cashflow financing, with a chief goal of helping companies get investments without having to jump through the myriad hoops that exist with traditional centralized platforms. Projects can get funds directly from investors, accelerate their growth and pay it back as they grow.

The product, which is integrated with MakerDAO, 0x, and MetaMask, relies heavily on DAO, unlike the infamous Tether, and offers a true stablecoin that has never been suspected of manipulation surrounding minting of new tokens.

Reaching key milestones

The list of partners that Akropolis has managed to gather so far is really impressive

Keeping Audiences Engaged

Generating an audience interested in more than just profits is a well-known issue that many blockchain projects have to contend with. Bounties, airdrops, free tokens — all these tools serve to catch freebie lovers, but not true supporters. Chat groups of such projects are usually full of rocket emojis with no serious discussions of what these projects really offer.

Akropolis has attempted to buck this trend by launching a community quest where participants have to solve tricky riddles, with the fastest getting Akropolis native tokens as a reward.

The author of the article happened to participate in one of the first quests a few months ago and found it really thrilling. The topic of that quest was related to the Roman Empire. Participants had many tasks to accomplish: from writing a short essay on what would the global culture look like if there were no Roman Empire to guessing a word encrypted by Caesar’s secret method.

Such quests generate interest and a hard core of fans, and help make the project memorable.

Keep an eye on Akropolis

Originally published at on September 11, 2019.

Blockchain and cryptocurrency marketing specialist