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Veniam's NetRider box runs on native software and cellular, Wi-Fi and DSRC signals, forming a mesh network open to devices with continuous connectivity. Via agreements with OEMs and tier 1 manufacturers, the technology should soon be incorporated in connected and autonomous vehicles. Boxes send real-time data to Veniam's cloud for analytics.

Orange bicycles equipped with GPS devices and smart locks for rental at RMB 0.5/hour in China. Mobike bicycles come with solid tires for lower deterioration rates and maintenance costs, compared with competitors’ bikes. The Mobike app lets users find nearby available bikes, unlock them and make payment for rental.

Fundeen offers two renewable energy investment options: Equity crowdfunding with an objective net return of 7% for an investment term of up to 30 years, depending on the life of the project, and crowdlending with an objective net return of 4% and a term lasting between five and 10 years.

Solatom manufactures modular solar power plants that produce high-temperature heat (maximum 300°C) for industrial processes. The main component, a solar collector, can be deployed in an hour, while its 15KW sun-tracking panels are light enough to be installed on rooftops. The system also enables online, real-time monitoring of installed power plants.

Online collaborative platform for packaging professionals to customize 3D mock-ups and prototypes. 3D Click also provides sustainable solutions to reduce wastage and production costs. Through 3D virtual prototyping, AR and 3D printing staff can speed up design validation processes by 40% and accelerate time-to-market of new products.

Three kinds of packing boxes are available: ZerO Box for electronics, clothes and other consumer goods, Cool Box for fresh food, and ZerO Bag for files and documents. Community-based smart locker system Polanwang was launched to collect any unwanted boxes, conventional cardboard and batteries.

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. 

Climate-KIC is an initiative supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), whose focus is to create and support a community of entrepreneurs and mentors that jointly develop and produce innovative ideas facilitating the transition to a zero-carbon economy. Climate-KIC has launched various initiatives and acceleration programs across Europe targeted at growing startups that are tackling climate change, providing them with structure, assistance, mentoring and seed funding to develop low-carbon products and services. 

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. 

Founded in 2016, Shenzhen Sihai VC Co., Ltd (Qianhai) is fully controlled by Shenzhenshi Qianhai Sihaihengtong Equity Investment Ltd. The company manages multiple RMB funds, which have invested a total of RMB 1.5 billion primarily in the TMT, environmental protection, energy conservation, medtech, new materials and consumption sectors.

Founded in 1995, Shenzhen Sunrise New Energy Co. Ltd., formerly known as Shenzhen Rainbow Fine Chemical Industry Co. Ltd., was listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange in 2008. Its main lines of business include Lithium-ion battery, photovoltaic power generation and New Energy bus operation. In 2016, it set up a fund to invest in autonomous driving, wireless charging, advanced parking management, artificial intelligence and robotics sectors.

Junrun Capital was founded in 2009 in Ningbo, Zhejiang province. It's the largest private equity fund in Ningbo and specializes in M&A, equity and venture capital investments. So far, it has successfully exited seven deals out of a total of 21. Junrun has investment managers and researchers with backgrounds in science and technology. It has offices in Hangzhou, Shanghai, Shenzhen and the US. The company mainly seeks investment opportunities in sustainable materials, cleantech, agriculture, manufacture, biotechnology and the dotcom economy.

Structure Capital is San Francisco-based VC, established in 2013, that only invests in carbon-neutral startups. It has a special interest in A.I. and Big Data-based entities and currently manages a portfolio with 76 international startups. It has managed 13 exits to date, including Jobr and Guest Driven. ts recent investments include in the US$60m Series C financing round of multilingual AI-driven translation platform Unbabel and in the US$225m Series D round of accommodation platform and unicorn, Sonder. 

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