A blockchain for Dapp's and the Metaverse


Integrated distributed file storage for NFT's, Metaverse assets and other files


KVM is fully EVM compatible while supporting file system access


Rewarding computational effort fairly, by using collaborative rather than competitive consensus

What is the metaverse?

The metaverse is different things to different people, everyone has their own vision of what it is and what it could be.

Some would say it's our online identitity, our reputation, our online friends and the digital assets we own.

Some would say it's rich online virtual worlds, gaming, entertainment and some day the full Ready Player One experience.

The reality is that it's an emerging space and whatever we predict it will become we can be certain it will evolve into something different.

Catalyst is a protocol developed specifically to enable the exploration of the metaverse and nft space, while supporting rich dApps that use files ranging from video to industrial big data sets.

Started in 2017, Catalyst is one of the earliest modular blockchains that incorporates DLT, a distributed file system and smart contract system. This combination opens up a world of possibilities from games and virtual worlds to industrial systems.

Catalyst Network

A protocol for NFT's, the Metaverse and files


To support NFT and Metaverse projects that need to combine on-chain data with larger asset files and complex on and off-chain logic.


Our vision is to build a blockchain that returns to the founding principles of this industry. Fairness, decentralisation and inclusion.



EVM compatible runtime, extended to support file actions and to trigger off-chain events such as service bus message posts.


One of if not the first fully modular blockchains, started in 2017 as a modular technology stack.


Work with the native distributed ledger and the native distributed file system. Store NFT images, video, audio, artifacts and more.


Efficient consensus mechanism and minimal block history requirements to make Catalyst lean and green.


Use interfaces throughout to allow the rapid switching of components such as consensus, peer to peer network and mempool.


Open source, following standards, DAO based governance, tokenomics that rewards users and community members.


Catalyst ran its first public test network in 2020 for 9 months before closing it down at the end of the original Catalyst R&D project. Now, in 2024, the decision has been made to update the Catalyst technology stack to the latest .NET and EVM standards, to begin work on the latest consensus mechanism design set out in the Catalyst consensus paper, and to launch the Catalyst network as a complete layer 1 blockchain.

Catalyst is not setting out to compete with any other blockchain, but to create an environment ideal for builders who need to work with files and who are seeking a return to the founding principles of decentralised wealth and control. That means node operators don't need money to stake, don't need expensive hardware, don't need any special privileges. Catalyst is a network that by design is for builders and their customers to own and benefit from.




  • Research team founded
  • Three white papers published


  • Initial investment
  • Engineering team hired
  • Prototype test network built


  • New .NET Core code base
  • Wallet & tools developed
  • Updated research papers


  • Further funding raised
  • New test networks
  • Research period ends


  • Research published
  • Projects open sourced
  • Project suspended

Q1 2024

  • Latest EVM standards
  • Updated to .NET 8
  • Begin paper review


  • Funding token sale
  • Complete Catalyst upgrade
  • Develop updated consensus
  • New test networks


  • Launch main network
  • Deploy projects to Catalyst
  • Continue R&D and growth

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Catalyst Network Gets Green Light at Blockchain Live

New announcements and a workshop on building a Web3.0 Twitter service.


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U.K. Blockchain Firm Heads for Switzerland

Blockchain firm which just raised $4 million is heading to Switzerland.


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Crypto foundations continue to thrive in Switzerland

Yet more overseas blockchain firms are coming to Switzerland.