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Founded in 2018, Oslo-based Katapult Ocean is the first investor focused entirely on oceantech and related startups. The VC also operates a three-month accelerator and has invested in 32 startups from 17 countries worldwide.The VC typically invests at the seed or pre-seed level but in July 2020 it completed its first Series A round of $8.5m investment in Chilean social enterprise Betterfly. Other recent investments include the pre-seed rounds of US foodtech GreenCover and Dutch offshore solar tech SolarDuck.

Norway-based Katapult Accelerator focuses on technology-based startups targeting environmental and societal causes. Katapult's three-month accelerator program offers training and mentorship opportunities across a range of technologies including AI, blockchain and IoT, along with access to funding and investors. The company has recently teamed up with New York's ERA accelerator to help Katapult's startups expand to the US. 

Ocean Link is a private equity firm that mainly invests in consumer goods, tourism and TMT sectors in China. It currently manages two USD funds and one RMB fund. It has offices in Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong. The limited partners include Chinese and global corporates, financial institutions, sovereign wealth funds and family offices. China’s largest online travel agency Trip.com and international private equity firm General Atlantic are strategic partners.In April 2020, Ocean Link proposed to acquire all of the outstanding ordinary shares of the Chinese online classifieds marketplace 58.com. The NYSE-listed company is in the process of evaluating the proposal. 

Founded in 2013, Sino-Ocean Capital is the investment arm of the Chinese real estate developer Sino-Ocean Group. It mainly invests in the sectors of big data, healthcare, logistics, environmental protection, real estate and finance. It currently manages RMB 50bn worth assets and $700m US dollar funds. The limited partners include insurance companies, large-sized enterprises and sovereign wealth funds.In 2019, Sino-Ocean Capital launched a RMB 3-5bn fund to acquire logistics properties and planned to invest RMB 48bn in logistics over the next five years. It also on the track to raise $1.5bn for its latest real estate fund to invest in offices in Beijing. 

Sky Ocean Ventures is a £25m impact investment fund and part of the Sky Media Group. It was launched in 2018 with the goal of accelerating businesses that can tackle global plastic pollution with innovative ideas and disruptive technologies. The firm has backed 20 startups that have developed solutions that help mitigate plastic disposals in the environment, such as disposable bottles made of paper, reusable delivery boxes, sachets made from seaweed and packaging made from wood chips. Sky Ocean Ventures also partners with, among others, The National Geographic and the Imperial College in London. 

WWF-backed biotech Oceanium has developed a biorefinery that transforms seaweed into alt-proteins and compostable packaging that will soon be launched commercially.

Founder of NYSE-listed Chinese online classifieds/marketplace giant 58.com, Yao Jinbo graduated from China Ocean University in 1999 with degrees in computer science and chemistry. He founded 58.com in 2005. He has experience in network marketing, network channel development and domain name strategy. Yao also co-founded the Xueda Education Group. 

Yenti Elizabeth co-founded Berrybenka with her friend, Claudia Widjaja who is also the wife of Berrybenka’s CEO. She is currently a general manager at PT Gamatara Trans Ocean Shipyard. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Tarumanagara University in Jakarta, before going on to study Marketing Communications at the London School Of Public Relation in Jakarta.

Founder of NYSE-listed Chinese online classifieds/marketplace giant 58.com, Yao Jinbo graduated from China Ocean University in 1999 with dual degrees in computer science and chemistry. He founded 58.com in 2005. He has experience in network marketing, network channel development and domain name strategy. Yao also co-founded Xueda Education Group.

Aqua-Spark is a Netherlands-based fund that supports aquaculture businesses around the world, with the vision to create profitable aquaculture ventures that can help to restore ocean ecosystems that have been damaged by overfishing. Its portfolio covers a wide range of enterprises, ranging from low-cost fish farms in Madagascar to biotechs and high tech aquaculture companies.

Social enterprise aims to help more coastal communities in Africa and Asia become micro-entrepreneurs, supplying blockchain-traceable “social plastic” for recycling to global brands.  

Najwa Shihab is one of Indonesia's most well-known TV journalists. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in law from Universitas Indonesia, she joined Metro TV as one of their first reporters in 2000. In 2004, she became an assistant producer for Metro TV's Today's Dialogue show and was heavily involved in reporting the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. In 2009, she became the host of her own talk show, Mata Najwa, before becoming the station's vice editor-in-chief in 2011. In 2017, Najwa officially left Metro TV to establish omni-channel media network Narasi TV.

Parejo is an MBA graduate from Barcelona's IESE Business School with double degrees in Law and Business Administration.He worked for several years as a lawyer for real estate and land development companies. He joined his first tech company in 2011, working as Head of Sales and Head of Department in Groupon Brazil.From 2014 to 2016, he was the managing director of iContainers, an online B2B and B2C platform for international ocean and airfreight shipments.He is now Co-founder and CMO of OnTruck, an innovation-oriented logistics company that optimizes road freight transportation through technology.

Grupo Cosimet primarily exports metallic components all over Europe. Originally a family business, the group has diversified investments in renewable energy, healthcare and civil engineering; as well as new and emerging technologies.The company participates in key projects like energy storage company SaltX Technology Holding, that trades on Nasdaq First North. Its subsidiary Suncool manufactures solar cooling panels in China. Another investment is Wisekey, a Swiss-based company that develops web-security solutions. The company has also invested in ChainGo, a Spanish blockchain platform that builds logistics solutions for ocean freight. 

Yang Kaikai graduated in 2013, majoring in English Language and Literature at Shanghai Ocean University.In March 2016, she joined Tencent Incubator to work as a marketing and business development manager. She left Tencent in October 2016 and co-founded Energo Labs as COO, responsible for the strategic and global expansion of the company in Asia. In September 2018, Yang also co-founded Dipole Tech, a blockchain-based renewable energy management and trading platform.Yang is co-chair of the Energy Blockchain Leadership Committee and founded the Asian Cleantech Entrepreneurs Community (ACTEC) to connect entrepreneurs focusing on sustainable development and the environment. In 2019, she was nominated as one of 600 entrepreneurs 30 under 30 by the Forbes China.

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