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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.

Tianxing Capital is a venture capital management company that was founded in 2012. It has invested in over 500 enterprises so far. Its investment focuses are media, healthcare, energy conservation, environmental protection, high-end manufacturing, etc. 

Daniel Romy is the CEO of Investments at Media Digital Ventures, the first media fund dedicated to Media for Equity in Spain. With assets valued at €35 million, MDV supports startups through powerful marketing campaigns in return for equity. Romy is experienced in venture capital and crowdfunding, having worked as COO for three years at The Crowd Angel, a leading equity crowdfunding platform. He is also a member of the investment committee of Inveready First II SCR that manages assets worth €20 million.

Founded in Beijing in 2010 with a registered capital of RMB 12m, Hongdao Capital manages six RMB funds and one US dollar fund, totaling RMB 2bn. It has invested in over 80 companies, including unicorns Ofo, WeDoctor, Wecash, and The sectors it has invested in include, internet-based finance, corporate services, healthcare and AI. Its investment size ranges from RMB 500,000 to RMB 50m. 

Bo Shao graduated with a Harvard degree in Physics and Electrical Engineering in 1995 and worked at the Boston Consulting Group for almost two years until 1997. After obtaining an MBA from Harvard in 1999, he started EachNet in China. The e-commerce platform was acquired by eBay in 2003 for US$225m and Bo went on to other ventures like Babytree and Parent Lab Inc.Based in San Francisco, the angel investor became a founding partner of Matrix Partners China in 2008. He focuses on early-stage investments in the internet, e-commerce and new media sectors.

Established in October 2015, Cantor Jungle incubates businesses and invests in early-stage high-tech startups in the fields of integrated circuit and artificial intelligence.

Founded in 2007 by Soichiro Swimmy Minami, BizReach is a Tokyo-based recruitment firm that operates a full service headhunting and talent search platform. Its hallmark feature is an AI-powered software for shortlisting job applicants. Outside of Japan, the company also has a presence in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. BizReach raised funding through a Series A round in 2016. 

Nauta Capital is one of the oldest VC funds in Spain with offices in London, Munich and Barcelona. It focusses its investment on SaaS companies in Europe and the US east-coast, but the firm’s portfolio includes startups specialized in cyber security, retail, HR, marketplace and platform, marketing and social intelligence as well as big data and analytics.The firm usually participates in Series A rounds from €500,000 to €7 million with an average ticket for first investments of between €1 million and €3 million. Nauta Capital occasionally invests in late-seed and Series B rounds.

Early-stage-focused VC firm with a €24m first fund mainly investing in B2B and B2C digital startups headquartered in Spain. Initial investment amounts range between €70,000 and €300,000, and followup investment amounts go up to €1m per company. Describing themselves as “momentum investors” seeking quick time-to-market projects, Encomenda Smart Capital was founded in 2017 and managed by renowned Spanish angel investors Carlos Blanco, Oriol Juncosa and Miguel Sanz Sanchez, along with a network of angel investors  Encomenda supports the growth of startups' portfolios and helps startups to scale at national and international levels. Encomenda invests 30% in SaaS and in projects with a recurring income model; 20% are fintech, and they also bet on the human resources, edtech and healthcare. Just two out of 25 investments have folded up between 2017 and 2020, with half the fund monies committed. Encomenda is seeking to launch a second fund in 2022 focusing on Spanish and Portuguese startups, of €40m–€50m, and multi-stage, by starting in the early-stage investments, with follow-through investments in subsequent stages.

Established in 2017, Educapital invests in edtech, HR and training tech startups. The French VC has stakes in 19 companies, mostly based in Europe, including participation in the €5m Series B funding of French Supermood, a contractor’s workplace engagement tool.In the edtech space, Educapital has recently joined a R$1.7m seed investment round for Brazilian edtech Blox and a €10m Series B round for Preply, a Ukrainian edtech specializing in online language learning.

Founded in 2008, Newfund Capital is a Paris-based VC firm investing in pre-seed, seed and follow-up rounds with fundings between $300,000 and $2m in startups based in Europe and North America. To date, it has $260m worth of assets under management, mostly subscribed by entrepreneurs and family offices. The firm has also started a NAEH fund of $100,000 in the Nouvelle Aquitaine region. Newfund Capital describes the NAEH fund as a risky mutual fund that will take minority stakes in unlisted companies.

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