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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. 

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. 

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. 

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.

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

Kiruba Shankar Eswaran holds a bachelor’s in Engineering from Anna University and an MBA from The Lisbon MBA while on a full merit scholarship. Following that, he was a manager of mobile payments at mobile engagement solutions firm TIMWE.

Targeting Indonesia's masses, investment platform Tanamduit offers mutual funds and governments bonds through its platform and partners.

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.

42CAP is a German VC fund established in 2016 for seed and early-stage investments in European startups. Alex Meyer and Thomas Wilke, both founders of eCircle, one of Europe’s largest SaaS companies that was sold to Teradata in 2012, are co-founders and partners of 42CAP. They have taken advantage of 42CAP’s success to invest in international AI-powered startups. To date, the company has made 21 investments, most recently in the Series A rounds of streaming analytics integration software company Crosser, in customer data and engagement platform CrossEngage and in the Series B round of marketing platform Adversity. 

Established in 2017, Educapital invests in edtech, HR and training tech startups. The French VC has stakes in 19 companies, mostly based in Europe, including participation in the €5m Series B funding of French Supermood, a contractor’s workplace engagement tool.In the edtech space, Educapital has recently joined a R$1.7m seed investment round for Brazilian edtech Blox and a €10m Series B round for Preply, a Ukrainian edtech specializing in online language learning.

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. 

Álvaro Ortiz is a business angel with over 15 years of experience in the fields of User Experience, E-commerce, Communities, Online Marketing, Front-end development and Project Management.He founded Mumumío, an e-commerce platform that sold quality food directly from producers. Ortiz is currently the CEO and founder of Populate, a startup that builds tools and platforms for civic engagement.Besides being an internet expert and a founder of several startups, he has also been involved in fundraising for other startups.

Established in 2009, Shenzhen-based Guoxin Fund was formerly a subsidiary of Tianjin Chongshi Equity Investment Fund Management Co. Ltd. It became an independent entity in 2013, focusing on private fund management. As a state-controlled firm, Guoxin Fund now has over 10 branches and owns or controls shares in more than 20 companies whose business lines include industrial investment, fund management, financial lease, asset management, wealth management and fintech.

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.

Todd Schweitzer is an experienced economic and management consultant who founded Brankas, a payment processing platform for startups and other businesses. Between 2007 and 2010, Schweitzer worked with the US Peace Corps as a community economic advisor in the Dominican Republic. He then joined Strategy&, a subsidiary of PwC, as an engagement manager before leaving in 2015 for a brief stint at Seawood Resources, a Philippines-based investment company.Todd holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from University of California, Irvine and a master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University.

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