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Founded in June 2015, Horizon Robotics is an AI solutions provider. Devices carrying its AI systems have been widely applied in smart driving, smart city and smart retail scenarios. Horizon developed China’s first embedded AI processors for computer vision tasks: the Sunrise 1.0 Processor, which is used in smart cameras, and the Journey 1.0 Processor, which is used in autonomous vehicles.

Portuguese venture capital firm Best Horizon was established in 2014. Since then, its portfolio has grown to about 50 companies based in Portugal, Spain, the Netherlands, Brazil and the US. The firm has €3m in two investment vehicles for pre-seed and seed investments in tech companies that either have their headquarters or a subsidiary in the North, Centre, Alentejo and Azores regions of Portugal.

Founded by Wen Yunsong (Winston Wen), son of former Chinese premier Wen Jiabao, and Yu Jianming in 2005, New Horizon is a private equity firm focused on advanced manufacturing, alternative energy, consumer products and services, and healthcare.

Established in 2018, Robot Union is a pan-European robotics association that is funded by the European Union. It is an EU initiative under the Horizon 2020 program for investment in research and innovation across sectors and countries. Through various competitions, robotics startups can win equity-free awards of up to €223,000 each. Robot Union selected its first batch of 20 startups in September 2018.  

Alias Robotics keeps robots and their components safe with automatically-updating hi-tech immunity chips, compatible with most robotics software, that use bio-inspired AI.

Victor Mayoral Vilches is a co-founder and advisor at Alias Robotics in Spain. He also works as CEO at Acutronic Robotics, a branch of the Swiss company where he was also CTO. Together with his brother, he co-founded Erle Robotics in 2012 and became its MD and CTO. Erle was sold to Acutronic Robotics in 2016 for €4million.He has a PhD in Bio-Robotics from the Italian Institute of Technology in Tuscany and a Computer Science degree from King Juan Carlos University, Madrid. A member of the Spanish National Robotics Committee, Victor Vilches is experienced in robotics and AI.

Established in 1998, Ecovacs specializes in R&D, design, manufacturing and sales of service robots for household and business use.

Founder, CEO and CTO of Zhen Robotics. An expert in AI and robotics, Liu Zhiyong used to work at Alibaba as the technical leader of its AI program “Wall-e Super Brain.” He has a master’s degree in Machine Learning and Robotics from Tsinghua University. He pursued a doctoral degree in Computer Science at ETH Zurich but never finished. He has also performed research in AI and robotics at Imperial College London. He has published more than ten papers in top journals and owns several invention patents.

Redview Capital was founded in 2016 by Yu Jianming, Managing Partner and co-founder of New Horizon Capital. It is a private equity fund focused on sectors of advanced manufacturing, clean energy, new materials, consumer products and retail. Redview Capital currently has $560m in assets under management.

With a degree in Mechanics from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Xu Zhenhua has over 10 years of experience in robotics R&D. He previously worked as a senior R&D engineer at FANUC Robotics and the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center, a joint venture between General Motors and SAIC Motor. Xu and Alex Gu co-founded Jinghe Robot in 2012 and Fourier Intelligence in 2015. Xu served as CTO at Fourier Intelligence from 2015 to 2018, at which time he left to found new exoskeleton startup ULS Robotics.

David Mayoral Vilches is the CEO and co-founder of Alias Robotics that is based in the Basque Country, Spain. He is an entrepreneur with experience in robotics. He was previously the co-founder, CEO and president of Erle Robotics until its sale to Swiss medtech Acutronic Robotics that is now run by his brother, Victor. He studied Entrepreneurship and Innovation at IE Business School in Madrid, where he was named Young Entrepreneur Spain in 2016.  

The GlassWall Syndicate is a US investment group comprising venture capitalists, foundations, trusts, non-profits and individual investors. The VC members include Blue Horizon, Veg Invest and New Crop Capital.The syndicate funds are mostly invested in foodtech companies like Mosa Meat and Beyond Meat that are currently disrupting the traditional global food industry.

Alejandro Hernandez has a master's in Computer Vision and a degree in Telecoms Engineering, both from King Juan Carlos University in Madrid. He is an advisor and co-founder of Alias Robotics in Spain. He is also employed as the CTO and Head of Engineering at Acutronic Robotics in Vitoria, Basque Country in Spain. He has previously worked as the Head of Software and as a software engineer at Erle Robotics and DTA, respectively. Erle was run by the Mayoral Vilches brothers until 2016 when it was sold to Acutronic that is now run by Victor Mayoral Vilches.

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.

Keenan Wyrobek is a graduate from Stanford University and Johns Hopkins University specializing in medical product design and robotics. He has developed several patents for medical robotics and other high-tech products.He also co-founded the Personal Robotics Program at Willow Garage, where he was involved in launching the Robot Operating System (ROS) and the first personal robot for software application development. In 2014, Wyrobek co-founded Zipline International and became head of product and engineering at the Silicon Valley-based company that makes drones for delivering critical medical supplies to remote parts of the world.

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