On 21 August 2021, 2 days after launch, the platform, announced that it had secured $500 million in Total Value Locked (TVL), with $200 million alone generated in the first 24 hours upon launch.
The performance is impressive considering it took Aave, the leading lending protocol built on Ethereum, a little over eight months to reach the billion-dollar mark.
Benqi’s impressive growth also highlights the upsurge in DeFi activity over the last month where TVL in DeFi climbed from below $1 billion as of July 20, 2021 and currently stands at $154.34 billion. However, Benqi’s showing can also be attributed to a joint liquidity mining program with Avalanche network, whereby $3 million in AVAX (Avalanche’s native token) will be allocated as liquidity incentives for BENQI users.
AVAX is being used to reward users involved in borrowing and lending:
The Avalanche network is now undoubtedly positioned to be a top competitor for Ethereum in DeFi. The platform can handle about 4,500 transactions per second – compared to around:
7 tx/sec for Bitcoin
14 tx/sec for Ethereum
Avalanche is also able to achieve transaction finality in under 3 seconds.
The blockchain has bridges to enable interoperability across chains like:
Binance Smart Chain
UPDATE: BENQI continues to see incredible growth with now $2 billion TVL in less than 2 weeks since launch