We created Bend Protocol to fill a void in Decentralized NFT liquidity, with the goal of being decentralized, fair, liquid, and scalable.
The Bendenomics introduce a formalized path to the decentralization and autonomy of the Bend Protocol. Covering governance mechanisms and financial incentives, it aims to share a vision of alignment between various stakeholders within the Bend ecosystem, protocol functionality, and the Bend token as a core securing element of the Bend Protocol.
BEND Token Distribution and Initial FairLaunch Offering are still in active discussions, any updates will be communicated to the community in a timely manner, and suggestions from early participants are eagerly welcome.
BEND Token Distribution
Now, more than ever, the importance of decentralized governance is clear. We take the responsibility of distributing BEND governance tokens seriously. The BEND Community is our top priority.
We would like to share our plans for the BEND governance token distribution. Over the next few weeks, as we prepare for the launch of BEND Protocol, we will release more details about feature updates and the Reserve Crowdfunding launch. As always, we welcome your feedback via Twitter and our Discord.
The Big Picture
The total initial supply of BEND is 10 billion (10,000,000,000). The token distribution breaks down as follows:
BEND Token Allocation
1-year locked and then linearly released in 3 years
Initial Fair-launch Offering
Offering in 90 days
Lockup in treasury, decided by the community
Airdrop in 90 days, 100% TGE
Uniswap LP Incentive (by Governance)
Decided by the community
Vested when mainnet online, linearly released in 5 years, Lend/Borrow Incentive ratio is 1:3
A critical consideration is that the community of BEND holders collectively maintains the ability to safe the Bend Protocol. This may be of interest to the community for numerous reasons, including creating enhancements such as optimized oracle and new auction mechanism features for resisting in black swan scenarios.
The Utility of BEND and veBEND
BEND is the governance token of Bend DAO. BEND holders can stake BEND to get vote-escrowed BEND (veBEND).
BEND stakers (veBEND holders) can participate in voting on which NFT as collateral that Bend protocol can support for borrowing ETH and providing liquidity. It will benefit all the NFT holders as long as the supported NFT liquidity improved.
veBEND holders will be able to vote for 4 of 7 bluechip NFTs that will get initial ETH lending pool support. 7 NFT collections are Mutant Ape YC, Cool Cats, Doodles, CLONE X, Azuki, World of Women and CyberKongz.
Share Protocol Income
BEND stakers (veBEND holders) share 100% of the protocol income. More details of veBEND.
Initial Offering is our Fair Launch Strategy and aims to distribute the supply of BEND as fairly as possible.
Treasury Reserve (21% - 2,100,000,000)
In order to build an ecosystem and also to deal with the security of funds in emergencies, we are going to use some of the BEND Token as a reserve fund. To that end, 21% of all BEND tokens are to be locked in reserve. The use of these tokens can only be determined through community voting.
Community Incentive (48% - 4,800,000,000)
DeFi Protocols have made use of liquidity programs to jumpstart growth and distribute protocol tokens to community members. To that end, 48% of all BEND tokens are to be distributed through various airdrop, yield farming, liquidity incentives, and exclusive governance proposals across a number of years.
Airdrop (5% - 500,000,000)
As part of Bend’s initial launch, we’re distributing 500,000,000 Bends tokens (5% of total supply) to the NFT community.
Uniswap LP Incentive (3% - 300,000,000)
To encourage market makers to provide liquidity on Uniswap, 3% of BEND total supply will be distributed through liquidity incentives. Since DAO will be formed after the BEND token fair launch, the Uniswap LP Incentive will be decided through DAO governance.
Lend/Borrow Incentive (40% - 4,000,000,000)
To encourage lenders and borrowers providing liquidity to lend pool, 40% of all BEND tokens are to be distributed through lend/borrow incentives and vesting linearly across 5 years. Lend/Borrow Incentive ratio is 1:3.
Developer Team (21% - 2,100,000,000)
Developer Team tokens are retained for founders and original early contributors to Bend. The Bend Protocol was conceived in Q3 2021 and work began in Q4 2021. Although the Mainnet is just now being launched, the contributions of founders and early members that have been working on Bend was crucial to improving the protocol continually. The team will continue to work on Bend for its lifetime along with the greater community. To that end, 21% of all BEND tokens are locked across a number of years.
7% of BEND tokens locked for 12 months, then to be released linearly in seconds over a year.
7% of BEND tokens locked for 24 months, then to be released linearly in seconds over a year.
7% of BEND tokens locked for 36 months, then to be released linearly in seconds over a year.
So in the first year, the team will not sell any tokens to the market and can only participate in the distribution of protocol income.