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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.

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.

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. 

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