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Kuaikan Comics is a mobile comics platform. Users can access over 3,000 online comics (primarily in the form of short comic strips), comment on their favorites and interact with comic artists through the app. The platform also helps comic artists produce content, earn money and find a fan base.

Duozhuayu is a second-hand book sales platform. Users access the platform through its webpage, WeChat Official Account and WeChat mini program. Booksellers scan their books and sell them to Duozhuayu. Book lovers buy refurbished, like new books from the platform at discounted prices.

SoundEMS provides high-quality voice-over services on demand. Clients upload a script to the platform and specify the voice type they need. Requests are automatically matched with qualified actors using an algorithm. A 1,000-Chinese-character-long text can be made into audio clip in 15 minutes for RMB 2 per 100 characters.

SaaS creating a content store, a html5 page in WeChat where WeChat users can pay for premium content, for each client. It provides a back-end system via its website, app, WeChat official account and mini program for clients to upload content, track user engagement, etc. 

Founded in 2009, Whales Capital is a venture capital firm under Dazheng Group, one of China’s leading coffee making equipment supplier. Right now, Whales Capital manages three funds, including a cultural industries fund that it co-founded with Ximalaya.

Orient Hontai Capital is a subsidiary of Shanghai Orient Securities Capital. HQ is in Beijing.Founded in 2014, it has invested in many companies both in and outside China and mainly focuses on TMT and healthcare areas. Cases closed includes: 1. Invest Shanda games, $430MM, 23% shares, Sep. 2014;2. Acquire CMGE and delist it from Nasdaq, $365MM, 48% shares, July 2015;3. Acquire FunPlus game business, $288MM, 32% shares, Sep. 2015;

With almost 20 years’ experience, ChinaEquity Group is one of the first Chinese investment firms. It was founded by Wang Chaoyong, a former child prodigy and one of the first Chinese people to study abroad and work on Wall Street as a banker. ChinaEquity Group invests in TMT, high-end consumption, internet, etc.

Engage Capital was set up by social media platform YY Inc.’s investment department. The equity fund invests primarily in TMT, entertainment and consumer products. Engage Capital manages a USD fund and an RMB fund.

Toutiao is a mobile news aggregation platform. It has invested in over 30 startups for financial and strategic reasons. Because Toutiao requires a lot of content, it has invested heavily in content-based startups such as AI Era, Kuaikan Comic, etc. It also invests in social media platforms and similar content providers, e.g., Dailyhunt.in, Flipagram and Musical.ly.

Established in 2007, Hongkun Yirun Investment is an investment management firm under Hongkun Group. It has invested in over 50 enterprises, more than 10 of which have been listed. Assets under management have exceeded RMB 10 billion. Hongkun Yirun Investment targets emerging industries and focuses on asset management, private equity investment, M&A and internet finance. 

Founded in 1993, New Oriental is the largest provider of private educational services in China. Foreign language training and basic education currently make up its core business. New Oriental offers services in pre-school education, online education, vocational education, overseas study consulting, textbook publishing and education software R&D. New Oriental schools operate in 70 cities nationwide and in Toronto. As an institutional investor, the company has invested in over 40 startups, the vast majority of which are edtechs.

TusPark Technology Asset Management Co., Ltd., and TusPark Business Incubator Co., Ltd., were both founded in 2001 as the investment arms of Tsinghua Science Park. Affiliated with Tsinghua University, Tsinghua Science Park promotes technology innovation and entrepreneurship. In 2007, the two companies were merged and became TusPark Ventures. The firm employs an “investment + incubation” model when investing in Chinese high-tech startups. TusPark Ventures currently manages over RMB 3 billion in assets.

Established by the Shenzhen Government in 1999, Shenzhen Capital Group invests mainly in small- and medium-sized enterprises as well as high-tech startups in the fields of information technology, internet, biomedicine, new energy, high-end equipment manufacturing, etc. As of June 2018, it had invested RMB 37.6 billion in 889 projects and startups, 140 of which have been listed on 16 stock exchanges around the world.

Shenzhen Qianhai Xingwang Investment Co Ltd (Xingwang Investment) was founded in June 2015. The company is headquartered in Shenzhen and has offices in Beijing and Shanghai. Xingwang Investment has RMB 5 billion under management. It has established an investment fund with Ximalaya FM, China's largest audio sharing platform, to finance startups in the pay-for-knowledge sector.

Established in 2016, Alphax Partners invests in rapidly growing internet companies. Founding partners include Thor Hongchuan, founder of Highland Capital China, Yao Yaping, an investment banker with 11 years of experience, and Yu Guangdong, former senior vice president of Chinese internet security company Qihoo 360. In May 2018, Alphax Partners raised RMB 2bn in total capital commitments for its debut fund. 

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