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Aspex Management was founded in 2018 by Hermes Li Ho Kei who was previously the executive MD and Head of Asia Equities at Och-Ziff Capital Management, aka OZ Management. Prior to joining OZ in 2011 Li worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co in Hong Kong.The London School of Economics graduate is now the chief investment officer at Aspex. The Hong Kong firm focuses on equity investments in Pan-Asia, specializing in sectors with long-term market growth potential and companies undergoing structural changes.Aspex led the $64m funding round for South Korean fintech unicorn Toss in August 2019. The P2P money transfer service platform Toss is created by Viva Republica backed by PayPal. Other participants in the round included existing Toss investors Kleiner Perkins, Altos Ventures, Singapore's GIC, Sequoia Capital China, Goodwater Capital and Bessemer Venture Partners.In May 2020, Aspex also invested in another startup Market Kurly, a grocery-delivery service provider that became South Korea’s latest unicorn via the Series E funding round that secured $328m led by DST Global. In July, Aspex also joined the $900m Series C+ funding round of Xpeng Motors, Tesla’s EV rival in China.

NGP Capital was founded in 2005. Its limited partners are Nokia and Bell Labs.NGP Capital has investment teams in Asia (India and China), North America and Europe. It invests mainly in growth-stage companies with typical investments ranging from $8–12m.With more than $1.2bn under management, NGP Capital's portfolio includes Xiaomi, Deliveroo, UCweb and many more. As of July 2019, NGP Capital had invested in more than 90 companies, including 8 IPOs and 33 M&As. It focuses on the enterprise, mobility and digital health sectors.

Phitrust Partenaires is a France-based investment fund focused on social businesses in Europe and Asia.In Europe, the company acts as a VC firm dedicated to impact investing. Its investment vehicle contributes €150,000 to €800,000 to support projects that address social needs. Phitrust Partenaires also works in partnership with prominent European social funds.

Korelya Capital is a Paris-based VC firm that backs startups during their growth stage, focusing on cross-border investments between Asia and Europe. The firm's investment portfolio of €200m includes unicorns like Glovo and GetYourGuide.

Sofina began in 1898 as Société Financière de Transport et d’Entreprises Industrielles, an engineering conglomerate in Belgium. In the late 1960s, Sofina changed course to become an investment company. As a holding company, its major investments lie in the consumer goods, energy, and distribution sectors, with stakes in companies like Danone and communications satellite operator SES. It has also been involved in various venture capital investment activities, both as an LP to other VCs and as a VC itself, running the Sofina Growth portfolio. The Sofina Growth portfolio spans a wide range of sectors and geographies, from China to Southeast Asia, with investments in notable companies like Zilingo, Byju’s and Kopi Kenangan.

Verlinvest is the investment diversification vehicle of the de Spoelberch family, the Belgian noble house, which founded the AB InBev beverage conglomerate. Founded in 1995, it currently manages over €1.6bn in assets across multiple geographies, including Europe, India, Southeast Asia and Latin America. Aside from investing in various F&B brands like Vita Coco (coconut water), F&B Asia (which operates various restaurant franchise brands in Southeast Asia) and Glaceau Vitamin Water, it has also backed e-commerce businesses like Global Fashion Group and Lazada, as well as Indian edtech platform Byju’s. 

Arrive is the venture capital arm of Roc Nation, the full-service entertainment management company established by US musician Jay-Z. Aside from managing musicians and producing music under their label, Roc Nation also manages equity distribution for musicians, as well as talents in the sports industry. Arrive has made a number of investments in the Southeast Asia region, including in Singapore-based scooter rental startup Beam and fashion e-commerce Zilingo. In Indonesia, it has invested in Kopi Kenangan, a chain of grab-and-go coffee outlets. It has also invested in Super, a Y Combinator graduate startup enabling social commerce through group-buying.

Beyond clever marketing, Kopi Kenangan offers affordable quality coffee for Indonesian tastes; with 300+ outlets in 3 years and profitable, Southeast Asia expansion is next.

AIA Group is the largest independent publicly listed pan-Asian life insurance group. Headquartered in Hong Kong, the group operates in 18 markets across Asia-Pacific. In 2014, AIA began to partner with venture capital firms to launch AIA Accelerator to support innovative and disruptive startups.AIA Group was originally founded in Shanghai, under the name of American Asiatic Underwriters. In 1939, the founder Cornelius Vander Starr relocated the head office to New York. AIA became a subsidiary of American International Group (AIG). AIA was listed in Hong Kong in 2010 and AIG sold all its shares of AIA Group in 2012.

Indonesia's first digital health clinic for men, Elio offers free personalized consultations including Covid-19 self-assessments.

RRQ builds its eSports brand by expanding its ecosystem with regional pro-players from Asia, through cross-platform promotions and through partnerships with companies from diverse industries.

With its AI-ready end-to-end data processing platform, Volantis helps Indonesian enterprises take the first crucial steps toward digital transformation.

Founded in 1993, WI Harper Group is a venture capital firm investing in early to growth stage companies across the US, Greater China and Asia Pacific. The group has invested in more than 400 companies in the fields of healthcare, biotech, artificial intelligence, robotics, fintech, sustainability and new media. It manages seven venture capital funds with over 100 successful IPO and M&A exits. With three strategic offices in San Francisco, Beijing and Taipei, the group seeks investment opportunities both in the US and Asia.

Didac Lee is a Spanish entrepreneur and angel investor of Chinese descent. Lee focuses on investments in Spanish startups with recent participation in seed rounds of e-sports training program Gamestry and life management tool Eelp!Based in Barcelona, he has also established 15 companies including co-founding Galdana Ventures, a VC with interests in the US, Asia, Israel and Europe. Galdana has a portfolio of 30 companies with total investments worth US$1bn. Other companies include Tradeinn online sports stores and Inspirit business incubator. The serial entrepreneur is also a board member of Barcelona FC.

Kang Hongwen earned his doctoral degree in Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University from August 2006 to December 2012. Prior to that, he was a research intern for more than a year at Microsoft Research Asia, during which time he worked on video content analysis, video synthesis, and was part of a team that was awarded a US patent for spacetime montage. An algorithm he worked on was shipped into the Windows XP Media Center Edition. Kang subsequently interned at Intel Research Seattle and Microsoft Research Redmond. In December 2013, he founded, the company that created the AI-based, cloud video platform Zen Video.   

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