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Serial entrepreneur Afrig Wasiso is the co-founder of the Inspira Group, a constellation of SMEs that he and his associates established from 2012. Wasiso started his entrepreneurial journey after graduating with an MBA from Osmania University, India. He started with Super Cover, a business that produced protective cover cloth for cars and motorcycles. As the business grew, Wasiso continued to establish other new SMEs in his native Yogyakarta, placing them under the umbrella of Inspira Group. Prior to establishing equity crowdfunding platform Santara, he founded photo printing service ID Photobook and continues to serve as its CEO.

Founded in 2011, Unitus Impact is a venture capital firm focusing on impact investments in Southeast Asia and India. With offices in Bangalore, Ho Chi Minh city and San Francisco, the VC will soon be renamed as Patamar Capital. It currently invests in scalable businesses that aim to improve the livelihoods of the poor in Asia.

Beenext is a new venture fund started by Beenos founder and former CEO Teruhide “Teru” Sato. The fund describes itself as a “partnership of the founders, by the founders, for the founders”; bringing their wealth of global experience and capital backing to support promising entrepreneurs. Beenext has invested in nine countries, including India, Singapore and Indonesia.

After six years of building innovative products and new businesses in Singapore and India, Nigel Hembrow has made Indonesia his home and headquarters for Astronaut Technologies, his latest venture in HR tech. Hailing from Australia, Queensland civil engineer Nigel started out in project management and engineering design for construction company Mace. After an MBA from the University of Melbourne in 2009, he worked at The Great Little Water Company and Amida Recruitment. Nigel is also currently a director at Rayjon Group, a family-owned property investment and development conglomerate that was co-founded by managing director John Hembrow in 1976.

Bruno Bianchi always wanted to be his own boss. He started a Costa del Sol Spanish jewelry import business in 2004, sourcing from Thailand and India. Then he became the sales director of Miguel Ángel Palomo SA to expand the Spanish olive business internationally. He had also worked as a cook in Ireland and Denmark.The Argentinian speaks English, Spanish, French, Italian and Danish. The COO of Spotahome joined the startup as a co-founder at a later stage when the proptech idea was revived by CEO Artacho.

Founded by tech entrepreneur and investor Teruhide ("Teru") Sato, Tokyo-headquartered Beenos is a seed accelerator and investor in startups from fast-growing countries such as India, Indonesia and Turkey, as well as Japan and the United States. Beenos typically invests between US$100,000 and US$3 million.

Rentracks is an adtech company from Japan, listed in the “Mothers” (Market of the High-Growth and Emerging Stocks) board of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. The company provides consultancy services for web development (for SEO, SEM, and other ad purposes) and Internet-based ads. Rentracks also has a network of affiliate companies in various Asian countries, including China, India, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

Sierra Ventures is an American, private-owned venture capital firm founded in 1982. The company now manages a $1.5bn fund with a focus on domestic consumer solutions and advanced technology. It has helped more than 200 companies around the globe to grow, having raised more than $1.9bn in capital. Since 2006, it has been actively investing in India and China. 

The Oil & Natural Gas Corporation, also known as Maharatna ONGC, is the largest crude oil and natural gas company in India, contributing around 75% of India’s domestic production. It has committed to carbon reduction initiatives and has 15 projects that can potentially reduce total emissions equivalent to 2.1m tons of CO2 annually. String Bio is its first tech startup investment, part of the Series A round in 2019.

NUMA is a Paris-based innovation hub with offices in New York, Berlin, Moscow, Barcelona, Mexico City, Casablanca in Morocco and Bengalaru, India. Supported by its 130 staff members, the company runs training and startup acceleration programs globally. To date, 300 startups have participated in NUMA's acceleration program, which was developed in partnership with the City of Paris. To date, NUMA has seen 17 exits from its investments. 

The 10100 Fund (pronounced "ten one-hundred") was established by former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick as a vehicle for both his for-profit investments and non-profit projects. The fund focuses on China and India and has been described as a "home to [Kalanick's] passions, investments, ideas and big bets". 10100 had earlier invested in Kalanick's venture to develop kitchens for on-demand food delivery, CloudKitchens (now known as City Storage Systems).

Taihecap is an investment bank established in 2012. As a financial advisor, it has served over 200 startups, including 40 unicorns, to raise more than $25bn in the primary market. Taihecap's long-term clients include the social commerce platform Pinduoduo, China’s largest used-car transaction platform, and the online K12 education platform Zuoyebang. Since 2019, Taihecap has started its overseas expansion into markets such as Southeast Asia and India.

Sandeep Aggarwal is a serial entrepreneur with an MBA from Washington University at St. Louis, USA. He worked at Microsoft and Citibank before returning to India in 2011 to establish ShopClues, India’s first online managed marketplace and the country’s fifth unicorn in the consumer internet sector . In 2014, he also founded an automotive e-commerce site Droom, where he currently serves as CEO. He recently became an angel investor and plans to invest US$3 million in 2017.

Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Lightspeed Venture Partners is an early-stage VC firm that focuses on the enterprise and consumer sectors. Over the past two decades, the firm has backed more than 300 companies globally. It currently has over US$4bn in committed capital. The firm invests mainly in the US, Israel, India and China. It also works in collaboration with Lightspeed China Partners, a China-focused venture capital firm, to make investments in China. 

Based in Singapore, Clermont Group is a venture capital group that was founded by New Zealand-born billionaire Richard F. Chandler. The company styles itself as a "business house" with a philosophy that entrepreneurship and managing capital are noble callings. To this end, Clermont invests in businesses that are geared towards fulfilling customer needs and those that generate employment. As a group, Clermont owns shares in Vietnamese healthcare group Hoan My, Philippines based clinic network The Medical City and the Small Business FinCredit company in India.

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