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Spain's most popular second-hand marketplace merged with LetGo in 2017 in the US and has 6 million daily users and topped US$150 million in funding.

Established in 2017 in the UK, Firstminute Capital's investments are founders-driven, rather than by investment sectors. The early-stage venture capital firm has already invested in 32 companies in the US, UK, mainland Europe and Israel. In mid-2018, it raised its first fund of US$100m from 30 unicorns. Recent investments include in the Series A round of tax reclaim company Wevat, in peer-to-peer (P2P) fiat to crypto exchange platform Ramp's pre-seed round and in the seed round of cannabis e-commerce site Miss Grass. 

Ufi Ventures is the investment arm of Ufi VocTech Trust, a UK-based grant-funding body created following the sale of Learndirect in 2010. With an initial fund of £50m, the organization is focussed on delivering an increase in the scale of vocational learning. The firm can invest from £150,000 to £1m as equity or debt in early-stage companies. To date, its disclosed investments include many UK public-private training initiatives, plus seed investments in two tech startups: soft-skills VR software Bodyswaps (£470,000) and childcare marketplace Kinderly (£325,000). 

A UK-based investor founded in 2018, Haatch currently has 14 mainly UK and Ireland-based companies in its portfolio, valued in excess of $160m. It has launched two funds to date and typically makes investments from £100,000 to £300,000 and up to £2m for Series A or B rounds. Its most recent investments include a £470,000 seed round in VR training soft-skills provider Bodyswaps, an undisclosed seed round in virtual office workspace Re-Flow, and a £155,000 post-seed round in tech development team provider Deazy. In many cases, Haatch is the sole investor.

Founded in 1997 in London, Amadeus has invested in more than 130 companies, has over 40 employees and has raised over $1bn to date.  The investor focuses on early-stage UK-based companies, although it has also invested in later-stage European and developing market startups.  In August 2021, it announced a $150m upcoming investment drive in Brazil. Amadeus currently has 54 portfolio companies. Its recent investments include the June 2021 £20m Series A investment round of UK-based XYZ Reality that employs holograms in construction tech. In May 2021, it led the $4.8m investment in the cryptography lifecycle management platform Cryptosense.

A graduate of University of Science & Technology of China and Cranfield University (UK), Jiang Xinlian’s work experience spans eight years in overseas sales support and product planning at Huawei and ZTE. He was born in the 1970s.

Holding an MBA from Lancaster University, UK, Yang co-founded Dana+ with Ren Xinxin and Lv Xin in 2015. He’s also a partner of Lidafeng Investment, and of Ming Capital, an investment management company co-founded by popular Chinese actor Huang Xiaoming.

After receiving his MPhil from Cambridge Judge Business School, Gao founded AISpeech in the UK in 2007. In 2008, he returned to China and settled down in Suzhou, where AISpeech is now headquartered.

Tom Szirtes is co-founder and CTO at UK-based VR edtech for soft-skills training Bodyswaps, where he has worked since the start of 2020. Prior to that, he was managing director at London-based AR and VR design startup Mbryonic, where he worked for almost seven years. Before Mbryonic, he was project manager at Orange for almost three years, where he worked in gamification at the giant’s R&D lab in London.Szirtes also worked for six years at SEGA Europe in game development and as a developer and a contractor in other organizations. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Bristol in the UK.  

Spanish-born Juan Urdiales is best known as the co-CEO and co-founder of UK-based employment site Jobandtalent where he has worked since 2009. As angel investors, Urdiales and co-CEO Felipe Navio have also participated in the €1.15m seed round of fintech StudentFinance in 2019.

Zhang Xiaotian was born in Jiangsu Province in September 1986 and has an MBA from the University of Portsmouth, UK. In late 2015, he became the CEO of, a pet dogs and cats breed data service provider. He founded Tips in September 2017.

Green Angel Syndicate (GSA) is an angel investment syndicate fund headquartered in the UK and joined by over 250 members. GSA’s investments are mostly focused on technologies that can tackle climate change and global warming issues. As of December 2020, the firm has, directly and indirectly, contributed to saving more than 20,000 tones of CO2 and increased its emissions savings by 88% throughout the year.The fund has invested over £10m in startups in their early-stage and operating across 10 different sectors. GSA is also behind the EIS Climate Change Fund, a co-investment fund in deals managed by GSA. In 2019, GSA was recognized as the UK Business Angels Association Angel Syndicate of the Year. 

Markus Cosmann is co-founder and Chief Revenue Officer at UK-based Modulous, the first end-to-end generative design and delivery solution for affordable, sustainable and modulized housing, where he has worked since 2018. He was simultaneously a director  at engineering consultancy Optimise, based in London and Dubai, until 2020, where he had worked since 2012, and where the concept for Modulous was conceived. His construction project credits include the Oslo National Museum and the German and Swiss Pavilions at Dubai Expo 2020. He previously worked in management for six and a half years in Copenhagen at Danish civil engineering company Ramboll, and has an extensive background in fire engineering in his native Germany and the UK, both in research and commercial projects. Cosmann is a certified civil engineer, graduating from the Ruhr University Bochum in Germany.

Dimosthenis Karatzas is Senior Research Fellow and Associate Director at the Computer Vision Centre (CVC) of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). He specializes in computer vision, document image analysis and color science. In 2007, he co-founded TruColour in the UK, where he currently is a member of the board of directors. In 2013, he was awarded the IAPR/ICDAR Young Investigator Award “for outstanding service and innovative research in human perception-based document analysis.” Karatzas also worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Liverpool and University of Southampton in the UK. Since 2019, he has been part of the co-founding team of Allread MLT, a deep-tech startup that converts text, symbols and codes to Big Data using computer vision technology, character recognition and machine learning.

Based in Madrid, Fabio Polimeni is an Italian computer engineer from Torino Polytechnic. After completing a MSc in Videogames Programming at the University of Hull in 2009, he worked for almost three years in Cambridge UK for Ninja Theory as an engine programmer.In 2013, he worked as a senior core-tech programmer at the Lionhead Studios in Guildford UK, designing and maintaining low-level and multi-thread systems, physics library integration, as well as gameplay optimizations.Together with Alberto Gordillo who also worked at Lionhead Studios, he co-founded Poligor Studio in 2016 as CTO to develop a VR tech-demo and simulation of the Great Fire of London 1666. They left the London startup a year later and went to Madrid to set up Play2Speak with Polimeni as CTO. Since 2019, he is also a core-tech consultant for Polystream.

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