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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. 

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.

Smart Delivery Routes is a last-mile delivery startup based in Andalucia and founded in 2017. Its only declared investment has been in Valencian accessibility hardware and app for the deaf, Visualfy, to which it has contributed €520,000 in a 2021 seed funding round. It is also Visualfy’s distribution partner for the Andalucian region.

Like Sweden's Ikea, Smart Bees designs stylish furniture to maximize living spaces for families in big cities.

Early-stage-focused VC firm with a €24m first fund mainly investing in B2B and B2C digital startups headquartered in Spain. Initial investment amounts range between €70,000 and €300,000, and followup investment amounts go up to €1m per company. Describing themselves as “momentum investors” seeking quick time-to-market projects, Encomenda Smart Capital was founded in 2017 and managed by renowned Spanish angel investors Carlos Blanco, Oriol Juncosa and Miguel Sanz Sanchez, along with a network of angel investors  Encomenda supports the growth of startups' portfolios and helps startups to scale at national and international levels. Encomenda invests 30% in SaaS and in projects with a recurring income model; 20% are fintech, and they also bet on the human resources, edtech and healthcare. Just two out of 25 investments have folded up between 2017 and 2020, with half the fund monies committed. Encomenda is seeking to launch a second fund in 2022 focusing on Spanish and Portuguese startups, of €40m–€50m, and multi-stage, by starting in the early-stage investments, with follow-through investments in subsequent stages.

Founded in 2013 and based in Silicon Valley, AgFunder invests in agrifood tech startups globally with the mission of “investing in technologies to rapidly transform our food and agriculture system.” The VC firm has already built a global ecosystem of 85,000+ members and subscribers, which helps grow and scale its portfolio companies. It recently established the New Carnivore fund to invest in startups working to create animal-free protein alternatives including plant-based meat and cultured meat. In 2019, AgFunder and the Australian agrifood accelerator Rocket Seeder co-launched GROW Impact Accelerator in Singapore to accelerate seed and Series A agritech startups from Southeast Asia.

GROW is a Singapore-based food and agriculture technology accelerator for global impact-focused startups. It is financially backed by AgFunder, an agrifood tech venture investment through the AgFunder GROW Impact Fund. Grow is also supported by the Singapore Government and is an accredited mentor partner of Startup SG.

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.

Founded in Amsterdam in 2011, Rockstart is a global accelerator-VC focusing on sustainability startups across market segments. Rockstart also runs specialist programs like agrifood in Copenhagen, healthcare in the Dutch town of Nijmegen and also in emerging tech in Bogota, Colombia. It specializes in developing business relationships for portfolio startups with global corporates such as Maersk, Shell and the Dutch Ministry of Health. Rockstart has invested in more than 250 startups, valued at €750m in total.Launched in 2019, Rockstart’s €22m agrifood fund secured investment partners including Vaekstfonden’s Green Future Fund and global dairy cooperative Arla Foods. It has invested in 20 food enterprises like Swiss zero-waste supermarket Lyfa and Danish alt-leather startup Beyond Leather Materials in 2021. Rockstart’s energy fund recently invested in the €730,000 pre-seed round of Danish carbon sequestration corporate marketplace, Klimate, in September 2021. Exits include Wercker, iClinic, Brincr and 3D Hubs.

Wang Bin founded home furniture company Smart Room in March 2015. He re-branded Smart Room into Smart Bees that was launched in Shanghai in December 2016. Wang had worked for several years as a general manager at the East China branch of Jindalu Cultural Industry Group before becoming an entrepreneur.

Helping small-scale organic farmers run sustainable businesses, POD offers direct e-commerce sales with related support and precision farming tools to boost crop yields and profitability.

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.

Alejandro Wonenburger García came up with the idea for Plant on Demand (POD) during a research project for his joint master’s degree studies in Finland and the Netherlands.He specialized in International Business at SeAMK (Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences) in western Finland from 2013–17. He was based in the Netherlands during 2015–16 to read Strategic Management and International Business Management at Fontys Venlo University of Applied Sciences in Limburg. He speaks six European languages including Dutch.Since 2018, the Spanish co-founder of POD has taken on the roles of project coordinator and chief commercial officer. The POD agrifood marketplace and online management platform is specially designed for the needs of small-scale farmers.

Chen Hong used to work at a smart community company as a professional manager. She co-founded Zhongzheng Information in 2015. 

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