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One of the earliest backers of Chinese internet firms, most famously Tencent and, Hillhouse Capital is a US$20 billion fund today. Founded in 2005 by Zhang Lei, a Yale School of Management graduate (the initial US$20 million used to start Hillhouse came from the Yale Endowment), the long-term fundamental equity investor is focused on China and Asia, particularly the consumer, TMT, industrials and healthcare sectors. It manages capital for institutional clients, e.g., university endowments, foundations, sovereign wealth funds and pension funds, and invests across all equity stages.

Led by Wang Mengqiu, a former technology VP at Baidu, this early stage TMT-focused venture capital fund was founded in 2012; and counts PP Zuche, Blued, Beequick, and 51Credit among its notable investments. Its self-professed investing style is "conservative," with just 10 investments in the year 2015. Preferred market segments in 2016 include children's, men's, fintech, sports and fitness.fintech, sports and fitness.

Zhejiang Daily Media Group is a newspaper publishing group.

With about $2 billion under management, this VC fund invests primarily in early- and growth-stage global companies with substantial businesses in China, namely in the semiconductor, Internet, wireless, new media and cleantech sectors. GSR Ventures has backed Didi,, among others, and was involved in the $2.8 billion purchase of an 80% stake in Philips's LED components and automotive business. It has offices in Beijing, Hong Kong and Silicon Valley.

Ping An is China's second largest insurer, with over US$645 billion worth of assets (2015).

Formerly Fidelity Growth Partners, the renamed Eight Roads Ventures is the investment arm of Fidelity International Limited. In China for over 20 years, it counts among its successful investments/exits Alibaba, WuXi PharmaTech, AsiaInfo and iSoftStone. It focuses on early- and growth-stage companies across eight broad sectors.

Started in 2008 by Joe Zhou (Zhou Zhixiong), one of the founders of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers' China fund, Keytone Ventures primarily invests in high-growth companies in the cleantech, media, hi-tech and consumer sectors.

Shanghai ZJ Capital is an angel investment firm founded by Zhang Chuan, a former senior director of Tmall and ex-VP of, and the celebrity angel investor-lawyer Wang Jie in 2012.Tmall and ex-VP of, and the celebrity angel investor-lawyer Wang Jie in 2012.

Founded in 1993 by former journalist Hugo Shong (Xiong Xiaoge), a godfather figure in China's VC community, IDG is one of the leading VC firms in China, having invested in some 450 companies (as of end-2015) with over 100 successful exits. Among the biggest names are Tencent, Baidu, Xiaomi, Vancl, Sohu, Ctrip and Qihoo 360.

Mount Venture Capital is an early-stage investment firm focusing on the mobile Internet, consumer Internet, big data, and cloud computing sectors.

Focused on seed/early-stage investing, Zhonglu Capital is the private equity arm of Zhonglu Group, controlled by Shanghai investor Chen Rong. It uses owned capital in making equity investment, backing 40 to 50 companies a year in the TMT sectors; and specifically in recent years, in lifestyle O2O, enterprise IT, mobile healthcare, fintech, VR & AR.

Founded in 1996, LB Investment (formerly LG Venture Investment) is supported by LG, the Korean conglomerate, and developing into a private equity fund investment company. It focuses on venture investments in Korea and China, and investments in medium and large companies.

Chu Ge is a founding partner of Happy Together (Chunguangli), a startup incubator and venture capital firm focusing on internet projects. Formerly creative director at Bates and Ogilvy, he was also a guest lecturer at Communication University of China. He has been listed as one of China’s 50 most influential creators.

He Chang (b. 1982) is the founder of the popular Huang Taiji, an internet venture specializing in traditional Chinese breakfast fare and food delivery. He studied design in Denmark and worked at Google China, Baidu and leading online travel booking company Qunar. He believes that the success of a startup depends on three criteria: the founder’s abilities and experience, the strength of the founding team, and the third, which is also the most important, societal trends.

Founded in 2015, iResearch Capital is an investment fund of iResearch Group, one of the first consulting companies on internet research and analytics in China.  It focuses on investment in marketing, big data, corporate services and new media companies.

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