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Founded in 2010 and based in Lisbon, eggNEST is a seed capital fund targeting Portuguese startups in the fields of digital marketing and software engineering. eggNEST is partnered with VC firms such as Caixa Capital and Portugal Ventures, as well as accelerators such as Startup Lisboa and Startup Braga, to build the country’s startup ecosystem.

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. 

Founded in 2012 in Geneva, Seedstars is one of the world’s largest accelerators with programs operating globally including Seedstars Global Startup Competition for emerging economies and seed-stage investors. Seedstars is also an investor, focusing on supporting startups founded in emerging economies across market segments. Its portfolio of 60 companies includes startups from its accelerator programs and participation in the $30,000 pre-seed round for Mexican loan fintech DB Menos. It is also one of two impact investors backing the $530,000 seed funding round for Bangladeshi cloud-kitchen and delivery startup Kludio.

WA4STEAM is a not-for-profit organization that provides seed capital with an investment focus on supporting women with projects and ideas applicable to STEAM sectors (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts/Architecture and Mathematics).The association is composed of women with backgrounds and experiences in biosciences, mathematics, finance, engineering, law, accounting and coaching. It offers significant support to the founders during the early stages of the startup cycle.WA4STEAM cooperates with a network of co-investors, VC funds, family offices, accelerators and incubators. It also collaborates with university associations and science and technology parks that back and leverage the portfolio of companies.

Established in 1995 by Sean O'Sullivan, SOSV is a venture capital firm with six attached accelerator programs. Upon receiving investment from SOSV, portfolio companies join one of the accelerator programs that best suits their products. The accelerators are: Chinaccelerator, focused on the Chinese market; Indie Bio, supporting biotechnology and life sciences companies; Food-X, for food-tech and agriculture-focused companies; dlab, which supports startups exploring blockchain and decentralized tech; HAX, for IoT, robotics and other hardware-focused startups; and MOX, an accelerator specializing in mobile platforms and technologies. SOSV, along with the O'Sullivan Foundation, has also provided support for education initiatives such as Khan Academy and CoderDojo (which teaches coding skills to youth).

Founded in Colorado in 2006, Techstars is a prolific investor and accelerator. More than 2,300 companies have entered its portfolio, with a combined market cap of $32bn. It generally invests at the pre-seed and seed stages across sectors and geographies and has provided over $11.4bn in investment, with 86% of companies still active or acquired.Every year, it selects over 500 startups to join its three-month accelerators, held globally, investing $120,000 in each startup and providing access to the Techstars network for life. Its most recent investments include in the undisclosed January 2021 pre-seed rounds of Latvian logistics monitoring platform Kedeon and US product development software Bild.

Beta-i was established in 2010 as a Portuguese accelerator, incubator and event organizer to boost the Portuguese tech ecosystem. Beta-i is well-known for organizing some of Portugal's most successful accelerators and the annual tech startup event Lisbon Investment Summit. In 2019, it made its first investment in a startup Didimo by joining the seed round for the 3D digital twin designer platform.The company's best known acceleration program Lisbon Challenge is a twice yearly event open to all tech sectors, attracting around 10 participants based in Portugal and overseas. Its two-month programs have accelerated more than 200 startups, with about 75% coming from abroad. Beta-i also organizes the international energy accelerator Free Electrons, with EDP as one of its sponsors. Free Electrons has already accelerated 27 startups and is now running its third edition with 15 startups, five of which are Portugal-based. All the selected participants will have the chance to work for one year with at least one of the 10 global energy utilities that form the Free Electrons consortium. Another Beta-i event is The Journey, the first accelerator in Portugal dedicated to tourism tech startups from all over the world. Launched in partnership with the government's Portugal Tourism in 2017, the Lisbon-based program is part of the national Tourism 4.0 plan. The five-month program is now in its third edition and gives successful applicants the opportunity to develop pilot projects with Portuguese companies like the Vila Galé hotel chain, Barraqueiro transport company and Parques de Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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