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A Boston-based VC founded in 1984 with an impressive investment history, currently totaling US$9.5 billion. With offices in Boston, Menlo Park, California and London, Summit Partners has invested in more than 460 companies in technology, healthcare, life sciences and other high-growth industries, including as lead investor in 77 companies. It has seen 192 exits to date. Recent major investments include as lead investor in Red Points' Series C round and in Markforged's Series D round.The company also provides services, such as, recruitment of senior executives and board members and Peak Performance Groups to help companies’ identify and execute growth initiatives and operational efficiency. 

Cathay Innovation invests in small to medium-sized companies with the potential to rapidly grow internationally. By 2016, Cathay Innovation had conducted 59 investments, with a total investment of €514 million. It has offices in France, China, the US and Germany, with €1.2 billion under management.

Founded in 2018, Trinity Innovation Fund is a fund management firm that mainly invests in pharmaceutical innovations. TIF currently manages two PE funds and its limited partners include renowned pharmaceuticals and institutional investors. It also has offices managing funds overseas, for example, Trinity Innovation Bioventure Singapore Pte Ltd.

In 2019, Juanfra Abad Navarro became the CEO and co-founder of agroSingularity, a Murcia-based startup producing natural powder ingredients from wasted agricultural by-products.The graphic and product designer has led multiple international innovation projects at the Catholic University of Murcia and at the European Business Factory. He also co-founded and headed Innovarligero for over nine years, facilitating innovative agile processes for agrifood SMEs. Navarro was selected as one of 10 brilliant Murcian entrepreneurs to join the executive training programs of the Advanced Leadership Foundation (ALF). Through AFL, he had the opportunity to meet former US President Barack Obama during the Summit of Technological Innovation and Circular Economy held in Madrid in 2018.

Founded in 2014, Giant Innovation Capital is a venture capital fund by Giant Interactive Group, an online game developer and operator listed on the NYSE. It focuses on early stage investing in Internet startups.

Xora Innovation is a subsidiary of the Singapore sovereign investment fund, Temasek. It was established as an early-stage deeptech investment platform that identifies startups connected with the Singapore science and technology ecosystem (although the startup can be based anywhere in the world). Xora plans to invest as a lead or co-lead in seed or Series A rounds, with later-stage investments being handled through Temasek. As of July 2021, Xora has invested in two companies based in Singapore: Allozymes, which provides enzyme engineering services, and Nuevocor, which is developing gene therapy for certain heart diseases.

With a specific focus on clean energy, Innogy Innovation Hub was established in 2014 and currently has 53 startups in its portfolio spanning from Austria to Bangladesh. Recent investments include HypeLabs' US$3m seed round and the €4m Series A round of augmented and mixed reality solutions provider Holo-Light.

Innovation Nest is an early-stage venture capitalist firm based in Krakow, Poland. Founded in 2010, the VC has invested in more than 50 startups, with a special focus on European B2B SaaS companies. The firm was the lead investor in eight of the startups' funding rounds.The VC usually participates in seed rounds, with the most recent being a US$1-million investment in Poland's fraud detection company Netone and another seed investment in Portuguese facility management platform Infraspeak. The VC has also joined a Series A round for ICT SaaS company CallPage and Series B funding in sensor company Estimote.

Founded over 110 years ago from several small agricultural cooperative banks, the Dutch commercial banking group Rabobank has over 10m customers across 47 countries. The banking group’s Rabo Investments vehicle manages Rabo Ventures with a €120m fund investing globally in early-stage fintech and agtech startups. There is also a €30m fund-of-funds to partner with leading VCs in other funding rounds like the $12m funding round of Dutch e-scooter company GO Sharing.The Rabobank Food & Agri Innovation Fund specializes in supporting enterprises involved in creating sustainable solutions for diverse food and agricultural sectors including livestock farms. Rabo F&A Innovation Fund currently has 11 agri-foodtech startups in its portfolio, including participation in a $12m Series A round of Vence, US-based virtual fencing tech company for livestock management.

KDDI Open Innovation Fund is a joint corporate VC operated by Japanese telecommunications firm KDDI and investment firm Global Brain. It forms one part of KDDI's venture programs, the other being a Japan-only accelerator program, KDDI Infinity Labo. With the support of other companies in the group, such as au Financial Holdings and Soracom, KDDI is able to provide extensive and relevant support to its portfolio companies.

Hengqin CIMC Readysun Innovation & Entrepreneurship Investment Fund is a VC fund set up by China International Marine Containers (CIMC) and Shenzhen Readysun Investment Group on June 14, 2017. The fund focuses on fast-growing high-end equipment manufacturing and new technology sectors, such as intelligent logistics, industrial automation and robots, industrial internet, green new materials.

Li Yuan started his own internet community and chatroom business as early as 1997, after graduating from high school. The animal lover went on to help his uncle manage his playground business for pets. Hence Li began his career in the pet business.

Capital V is a French rural-based investor that only invests in solutions that facilitate sustained behavioral change and eliminate the consumption of animal products. Its investments range from €10,000 to €1m and currently has 20 startups in its portfolio, mainly plant-based meat makers.In 2020, it announced its participation in Pitch & Plant 2020, the global investment competition by Vevolution for plant-based and animal-free startups, offering £100,000 to finalists. Among its recent investments are participation in the extended 2020 seed round of THIS, a UK-based plant-based meat startup that has raised over £6m to date and, in August 2020, in vegan confectionary manufacturer, Livia’s that has raised over £1m so far.

Pablo Manuel Vidarte Gordillo is the co-founder and CEO of Arkyne Technologies. Graduating in 2018, the Multimedia Engineering student at Universidad Ramón Llull (La Salle University BCN) in Barcelona was named as one of the most promising young people in Forbes 30u30 Europe in 2017. Vidarte is an energetic serial entrepreneur and has won several awards for his endeavors. Besides co-founding Bioo and Geoo, he also founded AI and video game software Aioo. He was also a speaker at the 2017 South Summit.

Julio Pernía Aznar is a Spanish telecommunication engineer. He started his career as a programmer in CERN and later consulted for big companies like Altran, Telefonica and AENA in a European Commission project. In 2006, he founded his first company, Noaris, specialized in SaaS and cloud computing for insurance companies. He was managing director of Noaris until 2017 when he co-founded Bdeo, a video intelligence platform for underwriting and claims process. Bdeo won the "Most Innovative Product" award in the Insurtech and Fintech categories at the South Summit in Madrid in 2018.

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