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Social enterprise Koiki offers an environmentally sustainable last-mile delivery service. Its mission is to facilitate social inclusion and reduce urban pollution levels. It employs vulnerable people as couriers in urban micro-centers to deliver parcels on foot or by bicycle, reducing CO2 emissions of last-mile deliveries. 

Waterdrop has four platforms: Shuidi Huzhu, offering mutual aid plans to share healthcare costs; Shuidi Insurance Mall, a health insurance brokerage; Shuidi Chou, a crowdfunding platform for people who cannot afford medical treatment; Shuidi Gongyi, a nonprofit providing charitable organizations with fundraising services. 

Aihuishou allows users to sell their used electronic products or exchange them for new ones. Its WeChat mini-program lets users check the value of their goods so as to get the highest bid from selected recyclers. Meanwhile, it promises to destroy users’ data completely before recycling the products.

Limakilo’s online marketplace and partnering offline kiosks help farmers get higher selling prices by connecting them directly to consumers. Limakilo also facilitates the packaging and delivery of the produce. Its logistics partners can deliver the fresh produce quickly to the customers based on a minimum of 5 kg per packet.

Founded in 1999, Comcast Ventures is the private venture capital affiliate of Comcast Corporation, an American global telecommunications conglomerate. It invests in companies with a focus on advertising, consumption, enterprise services and infrastructure. Comcast Ventures will invest in promising businesses at any stage of development, from seed through late stage.

ESADE Ban is a network of private investors, comprised of ex-alumnae of the Barcelona, Spain-based ESADE Business School. Founded in 2010, the organization consists of 260 business angels, venture capital companies, family firms and senior managers that have invested more than €27 million in 120 startups. The entity won the European Business Angel Network's 2016 award for best performing business angel and hold investment events throughout the year. 

Norway-based Katapult Accelerator focuses on technology-based startups targeting environmental and societal causes. Katapult's three-month accelerator program offers training and mentorship opportunities across a range of technologies including AI, blockchain and IoT, along with access to funding and investors. The company has recently teamed up with New York's ERA accelerator to help Katapult's startups expand to the US. 

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. 

NUMA is a Paris-based innovation hub with offices in New York, Berlin, Moscow, Barcelona, Mexico City, Casablanca in Morocco and Bengalaru, India. Supported by its 130 staff members, the company runs training and startup acceleration programs globally. To date, 300 startups have participated in NUMA's acceleration program, which was developed in partnership with the City of Paris. To date, NUMA has seen 17 exits from its investments. 

The IESE BAN was formed in 2003 by a group of angel investors and entrepreneurs bringing together both alumni and non-alumni of the IESE Business School. It creates and manages deal flow for investors while establishing synergies and collaboration among the network's members. It counts on more than 250 active investors financing technology startups in Madrid and Barcelona. To-date, IESE BAN has invested more than €50m in over 220 startups. It is also part of ACCIÓ’s Network of Private Investors, which fosters technology innovation and startups’ growth in Catalonia.

Spain's first social impact investment fund Creas Foundation invests in business projects which prioritize the creation of social and environmental value. It acts as an investor and partner in financial, management and strategic decisions. Its goal is to facilitate access to funding and accelerate growth of social businesses which have an innovative approach and sustainable income model. It has fixed a target of €30m to invest in social enterprise startups. The fund offers participatory loans or capital injections ranging from €5,000 to €25,000.

Italy's first impact investment fund is focused mainly on assisting Italian startups. Its investment size ranges from €200,000 to €6m. Oltre Venture was founded in 2006 as Oltre Venture I by Luciano Balbo and Lorenzo Allevi, both pioneers in Europe's impact investing ecosystem and each with extensive experience in investment banking, corporate finance and VC firms.In 2016, the company launched a second investment vehicle (Oltre Venture II) which currently has a portfolio of more than 22 startups.

Phitrust Partenaires is a France-based investment fund focused on social businesses in Europe and Asia.In Europe, the company acts as a VC firm dedicated to impact investing. Its investment vehicle contributes €150,000 to €800,000 to support projects that address social needs. Phitrust Partenaires also works in partnership with prominent European social funds.

The Repsol Foundation, part of the Repsol Group, is committed to improving social and environmental outcomes.Repsol has launched a €50m social investment fund to be used in developing a portfolio of social enterprises focused on energy transition and social inclusion of vulnerable groups in Spain. The firm invested €9,5m during 2018. 

Ship2B is an accelerator and investor for social impact startups and spin-offs. It acts principally in three sectors: health tech, social tech for vulnerable groups and climate technology. It also fosters networking alliances between startups and large companies, and has a network of high-level mentors available to assist startups.To date, Ship2B has invested €40m in 146 startups and spin-offs.  

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