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500 Startups is a global venture capital seed fund and startup accelerator based in Silicon Valley.

Lynette Kucsma has an MBA and BSc Marketing. She has worked in the technology and consumer goods sectors, including a marketing and communication role in Fortune 500 companies like Microsoft.Based in Barcelona, she is passionate about healthy eating and technology. In 2012, Kucsma co-founded Natural Machines to design food-grade home appliances for both B2B and B2C customers. The company recently launched a 3D food printer equipped with laser-cooking technology.Kucsma was named by CNN as one of “7 tech superheroes” to watch. She also mentors startups in the hardware and IoT space.

Alpha Startups was founded by Xu Siqing, former managing director of WI Harper China, and Jiang Yameng, former co-managing partner of Sinovation Ventures. It offers customized services to each project in which it invests. Alpha Startups provides the startups it invests in with three to six months of free workspace and helps them receive follow-on financing.

Demium Startups is a startup incubator with offices in Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia. It has two other branches: Demium Games that focuses on the video-gaming sector and Oarsis, oriented to startups working on VR/AR-related technology.

Purple Bull Startups was founded by Cheetah Mobile CEO Fu Sheng and former China Central Television news anchor Zhang Quanling in September 2015. It invests in early-stage tech startups. A team of seasoned investors offer the firm’s startups three months of entrepreneurship training as well as counseling services. 

Backed by Lyft CEO and the Rothschilds trust, regulated equity crowdfunding platform Seedrs opens startup investing–usually exclusive to VCs and the super rich–to retail investors.

After working for 17 years as a senior HR executive at Fortune 500 companies such as Huawei and Emerson Electric, Li Yaping founded Ciweishixi in March 2015. She holds a master’s degree in Management as well as an EMBA from China Europe International Business School.

Founder and Chairman of the Board at Shenma. In 2009, Chen took over Xindazhou Electric Motorcycles. She helped increase the company’s annual sales volume from 20–30 thousand to 500 thousand motorcycles in six years. During her time at Xindazhou, Chen realized there were significant untapped opportunities in rural financial services and started Shenma.

Ashraf Sinclair is a Malaysian-born actor and businessman. He moved and worked in Indonesia after marrying Indonesian singer Bunga Citra Lestari. He has also personally invested in crowdfunding platform Konserku in 2016 and became a venture partner at 500 Startups in 2017.

Co-founder of Zhen Robotics. Born in Hong Kong, he has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a master’s degree in Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management from Imperial College London. Prior to founding Zhen Robotics with his schoolmate Liu Zhiyong, he worked for a Fortune 500 technology company in Hong Kong.

SEEDS Capital is the investment arm of Enterprise Singapore supporting locally based startups that have innovative technologies and global market potential. Sectors of focus include advanced manufacturing & engineering, health & biomedical sciences, urban sustainability & solutions, fintech, artificial intelligence and agritech. SEEDS currently works with more than 500 deep tech startups, and over 40 incubators, accelerators and venture capital firms. 

Tetuan Valley has built a network of over 500 entrepreneurs through its six-week Madrid-based Startup School program, which was started in 2009 and is in its 25th edition. Partnering with Google, the European Commission, MIT and universities in Spain, Tetuan offers early stage startups guidance on financial and commercial strategy, while providing technology mentors to support them on product development. 

Founded in 2007 under the Chinese Fortune 500 company DunAn Group, the investment group manages total fund of RMB 6 billion today, with successful investment in 77 Chinese startups across multiple sectors including healthcare, advanced manufacturing, energy & cleantech, etc. It was nominated for “Top 10 Zhengjiang Investment Group” for seven years in a row and was awarded for “Chinese VC of Best Potential” in 2016 – 2017 by thecapital.com.cn.  

Founded in 1980, Western Technology Investment invests in tech and life science startups. To date, it has invested over $6bn in 1,300 companies worldwide across diverse market segments.The Silicon Valley-based WTI currently has more than 500 companies in its global portfolio. Recent investments include US anti-aging medtech Elevio’s $15m funding in November 2020 and the $4.3m seed round in August 2020 for US fintech for teens Copper Banking.

Credit Ease Financial Industry Investment Fund was founded in 2016 and now manages a combined total of RMB 3 billion and US$ 500 million. It has invested in more than 20 Fintech companies around the world.

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