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The Oslo-born venture capital company, Northzone VC, has offices in Norway, Sweden, London and New York, and was founded in 1996. It has invested in more than 130 companies globally, across a spectrum of sectors, and at different stages, and has around €1 billion under investment currently. It has seen nine IPOs from its portfolio and manages nine funds. It has been lead investor in almost 70 rounds and has seen 30 exits to date. 

DFS168.com is a B2C e-commerce platform for agricultural materials. DFS168.com sells to major agricultural provinces in China such as Jiangxi, Heibei and Anhui. Upon noticing Chinese farmers' lack of agricultural expertise and technical knowledge, the team at DFS168.com came up with the idea of building an agricultural education platform. However, the company decided not to launch the business itself, worried farmers might misinterpret the platform as simply a means to sell more products. Instead, founder Yan Zitong co-founded Tiantian Xuenong, an independent company, with Zhao Guang, and DFS168.com assumed the role of angel investor.

Established in Shanghai in 2013, Galileo Venture focuses on the application of new technologies - e.g., mobile internet, artificial intelligence and big data - in the fields of education, healthcare, agriculture and consumer products. It has invested in dozens of early-stage startups.

AddVentures is the venture capital arm of the Siamese Cement Group (SCG), a Thai conglomerate of businesses. The VC focuses on industrial and B2B startups. Besides backing startups, it has also invested in Vertex Ventures (Temasek's venture arm) and the B2B-focused Wavemaker Partners. AddVentures offers the opportunity for its portfolio companies to build synergies with SCG companies and other long-term partnership schemes.

Established in 2014, WOW Aceleradora is a startup accelerator based in Porto Alegre, Brazil. It has invested over BR$8 million (US$2.1 million) through its network of 170 angel investors, specializing in tech companies.

Established in 2018, Robot Union is a pan-European robotics association that is funded by the European Union. It is an EU initiative under the Horizon 2020 program for investment in research and innovation across sectors and countries. Through various competitions, robotics startups can win equity-free awards of up to €223,000 each. Robot Union selected its first batch of 20 startups in September 2018.  

Fosun RZ Capital was founded as the investment arm of the Fosun Group in 2013. Formerly known as Fosun Kinzon Capital, the firm changed its name in 2017. With assets of over RMB 10 billion under management, the firm invests mainly in the internet, finance, education, healthcare, automotive, consumer products and business services fields. Headquartered in Beijing, Fosun RZ Capital has branch offices in Shanghai, Shenzhen, Silicon Valley, New Delhi, Bangalore, Lagos, Jakarta, Singapore, among other locations.

Ataria Ventures is an early stage fund that offers predominantly Latin American investors and corporations access to technology startups in Israel and Silicon Valley. It has invested in more than 30 startups  across a variety of industries and sectors, including Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Virtual Reality, foodtech, agritech, consumer, and health. 

Climate-KIC is an initiative supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), whose focus is to create and support a community of entrepreneurs and mentors that jointly develop and produce innovative ideas facilitating the transition to a zero-carbon economy. Climate-KIC has launched various initiatives and acceleration programs across Europe targeted at growing startups that are tackling climate change, providing them with structure, assistance, mentoring and seed funding to develop low-carbon products and services. 

Green Innovations is a US-based fund that invests in large-scale solutions addressing global sustainability challenges, focusing on the agriculture, biotechnology, education, energy, housing and water sectors. The fund has invested €3.3 million in Biocant, a new biotechnology park in Portugal. Founded by entrepreneur Jorge Marques, Green Innovations is backed by investors from Israel. 

The municipal government of Wuhan launched Wuhan S&T Angel Venture Fund in September 2013. With RMB 300 million under management, the fund is operated by Wuhan S&T Angel Venture Fund Management Co., Ltd. It invests mainly in the information technology, new materials, advanced equipment manufacturing, biomedicine, new energy, automotive, energy conservation, environmental protection and modern agriculture fields.

Unreasonable Capital is a US-based venture capital firm. It focuses on early to mid-stage startups in emerging markets that address social and environmental challenges. The firm does not lead investments on its own, participating only when a local entity participates in financing. Its portfolio includes Nigerian fintech firm Paga, Indonesian automated fish feeder maker eFishery and solar power system producer BuffaloGrid.

Founded in Shanghai in 2002, Pre IPO is a private equity investor targeting pre-IPO startups in China. It specializes in sectors like consumer products, medicine, edtech, eco-friendly technology, advanced manufacturing and agriculture. The firm also participates in M&A ventures and risk investments in high-tech, new media and IT. 

Founded in Shenzhen in 2013, Topsailing Capital is mainly involved in venture capital and private equity funding of diverse industry sectors like culture, entertainment, big data, intelligent manufacturing, agriculture, environmental protection and medicine. 

HATCH is an aquaculture-tech-focused accelerator program initiated by the aquaculture-focused seed VC investor Alimentos Ventures to help related startups reach commercialization and access further funding. Its inaugural program was held in Bergen, Norway, followed by a second batch in Cork, Ireland. Successful applicants get €50,000 cash and possible subsequent funding, plus free office space for up to 12 months in either of HATCH's offices in Bergen and Singapore. Its international partners include food corporates, state entities and aquaculture groups.

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