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Dou received her master's degree in International Chinese Language Education from Shandong University in 2014. She worked in the TCSL (Teaching Chinese as a Second Language) sector for over 10 years, including as a TCSL teacher at the Confucius Institute in South Korea, as product manager at the Confucius Institute Headquarters and the Open University of China and as teacher at Shandong University. Before founding Funnybean Technology, parent company of M Mandarin, in 2016, she helped design the app Hello HSK - a platform for foreigners to learn and prepare for the HSK tests.

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.

BraveGeneration is a Portuguese investment vehicle founded in 2015 for projects arising from the television series Shark Tank Portugal. South African entrepreneur Tim Vieira acts as its principal investor and mentor. The holding currently funds around 30 startups, both in tech and in other sectors. Consumers Trust is the first company it has invested in not to have appeared on the television show. 

Beta-i was established in 2010 as a Portuguese accelerator, incubator and event organizer to boost the Portuguese tech ecosystem. Beta-i is well-known for organizing some of Portugal's most successful accelerators and the annual tech startup event Lisbon Investment Summit. In 2019, it made its first investment in a startup Didimo by joining the seed round for the 3D digital twin designer platform.The company's best known acceleration program Lisbon Challenge is a twice yearly event open to all tech sectors, attracting around 10 participants based in Portugal and overseas. Its two-month programs have accelerated more than 200 startups, with about 75% coming from abroad. Beta-i also organizes the international energy accelerator Free Electrons, with EDP as one of its sponsors. Free Electrons has already accelerated 27 startups and is now running its third edition with 15 startups, five of which are Portugal-based. All the selected participants will have the chance to work for one year with at least one of the 10 global energy utilities that form the Free Electrons consortium. Another Beta-i event is The Journey, the first accelerator in Portugal dedicated to tourism tech startups from all over the world. Launched in partnership with the government's Portugal Tourism in 2017, the Lisbon-based program is part of the national Tourism 4.0 plan. The five-month program is now in its third edition and gives successful applicants the opportunity to develop pilot projects with Portuguese companies like the Vila Galé hotel chain, Barraqueiro transport company and Parques de Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Born in 1961, Li Zexiang was an undergraduate at Central South Institute of Mining Metallurgy in 1978. From 1979 to 1992, he studied and worked in the US, earning a doctoral degree at the University of California, Berkeley in 1989. He worked as an AILab researcher at MIT in 1989. In 1990, he joined NYU's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences as an associate professor.In 1992, he returned to China and worked as a professor at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology ever since. In 1999, he founded motor control company Googol Tech. He is well-known for incubating DJI and became the chairman of Shenzhen-based drone and aerial photography systems company.

A co-founder and angel investor of HomeRun, Cheng Xiaohua graduated with a major in Automation at Changsha Railway University in 1983. The university is now known as Railway Campus, Central South University. From 1984 to 1988, he spent his postgraduate years at Graduate School, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences and earned a master’s degree in Automation. He co-founded Netac with Deng Guoshun in 1999 and became the chairman in September 2010.

A co-founder and angel investor of HomeRun, Cheng Xiaohua graduated with an Automation major at Changsha Railway University (currently Railway Campus, Central South University) in 1983. From 1984 to 1988, he spent his postgraduate years at Graduate School, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences and earned a master’s in Automation. He co-founded Netac with Deng Guoshun in 1999 and became the chairman since September 2010.

The Mirae Asset Financial Group started in 1997 with Mirae Asset Global Investment and Mirae Asset Capital. The group's business interests focus on asset and wealth management, investments, and insurance. It has also invested in a range of companies, from logistics firm Shadowfax to AmazeVR. In 2018, it established a joint venture with Naver Corporation, one of South Korea's leading tech companies, and set up the Asia Growth Fund with $940m committed to VC investing in the region. The joint venture has backed Southeast Asian ride-hailing giant Grab, Indonesian e-commerce platform Bukalapak, and Singapore-based credit scoring firm FinAccel.

Kim Jung is a South Korean businessman and the man behind Nexon, Korea's largest gaming company. He is Chairman and CEO of NXC Corporation, Nexon’s holding company. NXC diversified into cryptocurrency and holds 83% of Korbit, a Seoul-based exchange.In 2016, Kim was accused of bribery, having favoured a prosecutor who was his university friend. Although he was found not guilty due to lack of evidence, Kim resigned as a director of Nexon.Kim is also partner at Collaborative Fund, a New York-based VC firm.

Founded in October 1962, Mando Corporation is a South Korean automotive parts manufacturer. It supplies many automobile manufacturers worldwide, including General Motors, Volkswagen, Chrysler, Ford, Nissan, Hyundai, Kia, Suzuki and Chevrolet. With more than 11,000 staff, Mando Corporation produces 4m automotive parts per year, generating annual sales of US$4.74bn in 2018. The company was listed on the Korea Stock Exchange in May 2010; its controlling shareholder is Halla Holdings Corp.

A graduate of South China University of Technology, Lin Zhongjie started a firm even while he was in university, which used mathematical models to provide data analysis services to over 20 businesses. Upon graduation, he worked for China Mobile. In 2014, he started another company to work on equity-based crowdfunding for dietary and entertainment businesses and served as its COO. In 2015, he co-founded DuduBus, where he is now mainly in charge of the shared-car business PonyCar, which was incubated by DuduBus.

Jungle Ventures was founded by serial entrepreneur Anurag Srivastava and business angel Amit Anand in Singapore. Anurag arrived in Singapore in 1993 and established interior design Space Matrix group in 2006. Amit was a vice chairman of Business Angels Network South East Asia (BANSEA). He is currently a member of the Advisory Council for Ethics in AI & Data in Singapore.The VC specializes in the finance, retail, software, media, travel and hospitality sectors. Investments include budget hotel network RedDoorz, microfinancing fintech Kredivo, photography services platform SweetEscape and digital logistics Waresix.

Affordable DIY educational robot kits to help children learn robotics, electronics and programming in a fun and easy way.

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. 

Cakap rebrands from predecessor Squline, tapping on quality local and foreign partners to offer online language courses and study abroad programs directly to learners.

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