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The Craftory is a London-based investment house with a satellite office in San Francisco. Founded in 2018 by retail and media industry veterans Ernesto Schmitt and Ellio Leoni Sceti, the firm has made seven investments in various consumer goods brands. Sceti is also the chairman of London-based family VC firm LSG Holdings, with his brother Patrick as the MD.The Craftory’s $375m fund specializes in building a new investment house of consumer brands, hence its name from the words, “craft" and “factory.” It mainly offers permanent and growth capital to consumer packaged goods (CPG) brands. The Craftory supports CPG challenger brands to help them to grow from “craft” businesses to sustainable, mass CPG brands, offering consumers better choices for everyday products.

The Rise Fund is a $2bn impact investing fund co-founded by U2 front man Bono, Bill McGlashan and Jeff Skoll. The fund has partnered with nonprofit consultancy The Bridgespan Group to develop an evidence-based model for quantifying the impact of the firm’s investments.The global impact investment vehicle is managed by TPGGrowth, part of the multibillion-dollar investment firm TPG that focuses on growth equity investments and mid-market buyouts. As of December 2019, the fund has deployed $1.4bn across its investment portfolio.

Wholly owned by the Singapore-based real estate group CapitaLand, The Ascott is the world’s leading international serviced residence owner-operator, present in more than 25 countries. Ascott China is also one of the leading players in China’s apartment service and management industry, with 17,000+ units in 27 cities.

The Shonet harnesses the power of social media influencers to turn users into customers of popular local and international fashion and beauty brands. 

Established in 2002, the Edge Group focuses on real estate investment and venture capital holdings. Headed by José Luis Pinto Basto, its investment strategy is based on the “triple bottom line” philosophy: reaching the optimal balance between economic, social and environmental sustainability.

Launched in 2017 by the Mobile World Capital Barcelona, The Collider is a new venture builder that brings together scientists and entrepreneurs to carry out scientific and technological projects through highly innovative startups. It aims to foster the adoption and implementation of new technologies in the field of AI, IoT, Blockchain, VR and 5G networks to facilitate technological transitions and innovations through science and deep-tech knowledge.

The Venture City is a tech accelerator with international growth hubs. The VC was established in 2017 by former Facebook executive Laura González-Estéfani with co-founder Clara Bullrich from Guggenheim Partners Latin America/LJ Partnership.The ecosystem accelerator is data-driven and has diverse interests in AI, healthtech, cybersecurity, SaaS, marketplaces, fintech, blockchain and VR. It also provides the full A-Z package of expertise to support startups that have the potential to scale internationally, especially in LatAm, Asia and Africa.

The Graduate Syndicate is led by Harvard Business School senior lecturer Jeff Bussgang. The fund primarily invests in startups founded by Harvard graduates, particularly HBS alumni. It is linked to Flybridge Capital Partners, where Jeff Bussgang has served as a general partner since 2003.

With a master’s in Commerce and Finance, Marshall Utoyo quickly founded a financial services firm Utoyo & Partners in November 2010. An entrepreneur at heart, he left the firm in January 2013. He had already co-founded a furniture business FASA Works and a coworking hub Conclave in 2012. He exited both in March 2015. The Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) graduate returned to the furniture business as a co-founder of Fabelio. Launched in June 2015 with seed funding of US$500,000, the e-commerce furniture company has also secured US$2 million in Series A funds in 2016.

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.

The founder of Nasdaq-listed computer-based testing services firm ATA Education Group and Zhihuitianxia (Intelligent World), a supplier of science experiment kits and teaching materials for schools and kindergartens, Ma Xiaofeng is an economics graduate of Nanjing University.

Serial entrepreneur Vita Subiyakti graduated in Information Technology from Universitas Pembangunan Nasional Veteran Yogyakarta in Indonesia. She joined Ditto Anindita’s software engineering firm PT RuangKerja in 2005 and continues to work there as marketing director. Vita later became a co-founder and public relations guru for Botika.She is also currently involved in other businesses including Kontraksi Nyaman, a mobile app that delivers Gentle Birth hypnobirthing programs. She is also a managing partner at Six Senses Restaurant and building design and developer Zona Bisnis Indonesia.  She also works to promote hardware products for Best Retail Supply firm.

João Igor graduated with a degree in Communication, Design and Media Studies from the School of Education of Coimbra (ESEC) in 2008. The digital marketer worked for four years at Imagemplus until 2012, when he co-founded mobile software development firm CoolApps, together with CoolFarm co-founders Liliana Marques and Eduardo Esteves. In July 2014, he co-founded indoor farming agtech CoolFarm and worked as marketing and communications manager until June 2018. He was communications manager at relocation startup Moviinn for one year until 2015. Currently based in Lisbon, he now a marketing communications specialist with London's HR recruitment firm Transformify.

The first EU company combining beekeeping derivatives and cannabidiol (CBD) properties to harness biodiversity and sustainability in alternative medicine and cosmetics.

Born in 1987, Shi Hengzhi is a serial entrepreneur. Before founding Yigongli in 2013, he founded three startups including WishBird, a consultancy firm for overseas studies. He holds a master's degree in Economics from Cambridge University.

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