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Guangzhou Emerging Industry Development Fund (Emerging Fund) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Guangzhou Industrial Investment Fund Management Co Ltd (SFund).It was found in line with the Guangzhou Municipal Government’s industrial upgrade strategy, with the aim of pooling capital, projects and talents together in Guangzhou. The Emerging Fund currently manages a set of government-guided funds and direct investment funds. It also invests in several state-level guidance funds on behalf of the municipal government. It mainly invests in emerging sectors in manufacturing, information technology, service sectors, seed and related industries.

Founded by Zhang Yiming in 2012, ByteDance is currently the world’s most valuable startup, worth over $100bn by May 2020. It owns quite a number of popular apps including the news aggregator Jinri Toutiao and short video platforms such as Douyin and its overseas version TikTok.ByteDance is also an active investor in China’s startup ecosystem. With a focus on education and gaming, it also invests in sectors of media, enterprise tech, education, gaming, finance, real estate, artificial intelligence and hardware. As of mid-2020, it had invested in 89 companies.

JUE Capital was founded by China’s famous angel investor Wang Gang who invested in quite a few high-profile startups including Didi Chuxing and Ofo. He is also the founding and managing partner of Envision Capital. According to Wang, JUE Capital focuses on the combination of Chinese traditional aesthetic with modern lifestyle.

Beijing Zhongguancun Development Frontier Enterprise Investment Fund was launched by Zhongguancun Development Group, a hi-tech commercialization platform backed by the municipal government of Beijing. It focuses on artificial intelligence and big data, mainly investing in sectors like industrial internet, connected vehicles, biotechnology and healthcare. 

Mayfield Fund is one of Silicon Valley's oldest venture capital firms. Founded by Wally Davis and Thomas J Davis Jr in 1969, the VC is based in Menlo Park, California.Current investments include CRISPR-focused companies like Mammoth Biosciences and biotech startup iLoF,l which is focused on creating a digital library of optical fingerprints for non-invasive patient screening, early diagnostics and personalized medical treatments.. With a total of $2.5bn assets under management, the firm focuses mainly on early-stage to growth-stage investments. The VC has also backed startups like Marketo, Lyft and SolarCity. Most of Mayfield’s exits took place during the 2008 financial crisis and through subsequent funds.In April 2020, amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Mayfield announced two new funds which raised $750m in total. Mayfield XVI will invest in early-stage companies, while Mayfield Select II will focus on growth-stage companies outside its portfolio. The company said last year that it has raised a similar size fund every four years and has invested in 30 companies per fund. It primarily leads Series A investments.

Founded in 2019 in Silicon Valley, Concrete Rose is focused on diversity by investing in under-represented founders and companies serving under-represented consumers at the early-stage and across market segments.  It currently has 14 companies in its portfolio and its most recent investments in January 2021 include the $3.5m seed round of inclusive car insurer Loop and in the $17.1m seed round of HR analytics software Syndio 

SEEDS Capital is the investment arm of Enterprise Singapore supporting locally based startups that have innovative technologies and global market potential. Sectors of focus include advanced manufacturing & engineering, health & biomedical sciences, urban sustainability & solutions, fintech, artificial intelligence and agritech. SEEDS currently works with more than 500 deep tech startups, and over 40 incubators, accelerators and venture capital firms. 

GoHub Ventures is the Valencia-based corporate venture capital arm of Global Omnium, a company specialised in water management. The firm invests in the seed and scale-up phases with a ticket size between €500,000 - €3m.The comnpany has so far invested €11m until 2020 and is mostly backing deep tech startups working in AI, big data, 3D, IoT and robotics and cybersecurity sectors. 

Based in New York, VectoIQ was formed in 2016 to fund startups in the smart mobility space. It is led by Steve Girsky, former vice-chairman of General Motors with more than 30 years in the automobile industry. Mary Chan is the managing partner, who also worked at GM as president of global connected consumer. The VC mainly invests in sectors relating to autonomous vehicles, connected car, smart mobility, MaaS, electrification and cybersecurity.

With more than 175 years of history, Navistar is the fourth biggest truck-maker in the US. The company drives new innovations in engine technologies, with products ranging from commercial trucks and buses to defense vehicles.In June 2020, it partnered with self-driving trucking startup TuSimple to produce L4 autonomous trucks. It also invested in its first Chinese company TuSimple.In March 2021, Navistar stockholders approved acquisition by TRATON, part of the Volkswagen Group. TRATON has also invested in TuSimple.

TRATON is a subsidiary of Volkswagen Group and one of the world’s largest producer of commercial vehicles. It manufactures light-duty commercial vehicles, trucks and buses at 29 production and assembly sites in 17 countries.The company is now focusing on developing electric trucks and announced in March 2021 that it will invest a total of €1.6bn in e-mobility R&D by 2025. In September 2020, it partnered with self-driving trucking startup TuSimple to mass produce driverless trucks.In March 2021, Navistar stockholders approved the acquisition of Navistar by TRATON. Subject to regulatory approvals, the transaction is expected to be completed by mid-May.

Since 2005, Demeter Partners has been one of the major VC and private equity funds supporting technology companies in developing solutions for ecological and energy transitions. The firm typically invests €1m–€30m in early and growth stages of startups. With assets worth over €1bn under management, its portfolio in 2019 was estimated to have cut 4.3m tons of CO2 with 575 GWh of clean energy produced. In 2021, Demeter was named the “Best Sustainable Equity investor” by a panel of former Fortune 500 individuals, global experts and industry leaders to recognize Demeter’s commitment to the UN’s SDG and ESG strategy.

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