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Toyota AI Ventures, the venture capital arm of the Toyota Research Institute, is a Silicon Valley-based fund investing globally in startups with cutting-edge solutions in the AI, smart-mobility, autonomy, robotics, data and cloud spaces while leveraging the global expertise and technical resources of the Toyota Group.In 2015 Toyota created the Toyota Research Institute aiming to support the research on next-generation mobility, robotics and new materials. Toyota AI Ventures was founded in 2017 with initial funding of $100m. 

Founded in 2010, Fidelity China Special Situations PLC (FCSS) is managed by Dale Nicholls who has worked at Fidelity International since 1996. Listed on the FTSE 250 Index, FCSS is said to be the UK’s largest China-focused investment trust with access to Fidelity's investment research resources and investment licenses in China.Focusing on companies that are most likely to benefit from China’s growth and changing economy, FCSS has invested in over 100 businesses in the country. Besides technology, it is also seeking opportunities in the consumer space and healthcare.

BayWa Venture GmbH is a subsidiary company of BayWa AG, the German agriculture, energy and construction conglomerate.Putting digitalization at the core of its agriculture strategy, the company is looking to expand its core business into digital services within the existing businesses. It is investigating new digital business models and stand-alone concepts through collaboration with emerging startups focusing on cutting-edge technologies in the agrifood tech space.BayWa started to invest in startups in 2012 mainly focused on online customer management, services and sales platforms. In 2015, the company purchased Farm Facts, a German farm management SaaS and in 2017 invested in Abundant Robotics, a US-based automated harvest company. One of the firms’ most recent investments has been Evja, an Italian startup developing precision farming hardware based on advanced agronomic models and machine learning technology.

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 

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.

Founded in 2008, Newfund Capital is a Paris-based VC firm investing in pre-seed, seed and follow-up rounds with fundings between $300,000 and $2m in startups based in Europe and North America. To date, it has $260m worth of assets under management, mostly subscribed by entrepreneurs and family offices. The firm has also started a NAEH fund of $100,000 in the Nouvelle Aquitaine region. Newfund Capital describes the NAEH fund as a risky mutual fund that will take minority stakes in unlisted companies.

With a special interest in enterprise tech, Silicon Valley-based Omega Venture Partners has 25 startups in its portfolio and, to date, has invested from pre-seed to Series E stages. It has managed eight exits to date. Its most recent investments were in the 2020 $55m Series B round of US-based small business management platform ZenBusiness and in the February 2021 $50m Series B round of US voice transcription software Otter.ai. The investor boasts an extensive network of major corporations as advisors and partners including Google, Microsoft, Amazon, IBM, SAP and CitiGroup.  

UNIQA Ventures is the venture capital arm of the UNIQA Group, a leading insurance entity headquartered in Austria and operating also across Central and Eastern Europe. With about 40 companies in 18 countries, the UNIQA group serves about 15.5 million customers. UNIQA Ventures' investment focus is in insurtech, fintech and digital health care.

Founded in 2015 in Guatemala City, the Invariantes Fund invests in technology startups based in the US and Latin America, across different market segments. It is the only VC based in Guatamala, and bills itself as the country’s first early-stage VC firm. As of June 2021, its portfolio includes 24 startups. Invariantes’ most recent investments include participation in the $21m Series A round of US edtech player Reforge, as well in the $130m Series B round of US-based Axiom Space, which is building the first international commercial space station. Both investments were in February 2021.

Silicon Valley-based Tyche Partners was founded in 2015 to invest in hardtech sectors such as SpaceTech, IoT devices, cloud and enterprise infrastructure. Managing partner Weijie Yun is a computer science engineer and veteran entrepreneur as founder and CEO of Telegent Systems, AIP Networks and SiTek.The VC firm currently has 18 startups in its portfolio, including being lead investor for the $12m Series A round of Vence in May 2021. Vence is a California-based producer of virtual fencing wearables for livestock management.

Schneider Electric is a Europe-based company primarily providing energy management and automation solutions for homes, commercial and industrial-scale properties. The company was originally named Schneider & Cie, founded in 1836 as a metal and weaponry, but between 1975 and 1999 began to refocus towards the electrical industry. The company was renamed Schneider Electric in 1999.Schneider’s technologies focus on managing energy use and conserving energy through a combination of hardware and software. Consequently, Schneider’s investments into startups revolve around the energy sector, with companies like solar power management service Xurya, battery manufacturer Verkor, and building management SaaS Clockworks Analytics as part of their portfolio.

Enlightened Hospitality Investments (EHI) is a New York-based growth fund launched by Danny Meyer and his Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG). The fund leverages USHG's network of chefs, IT, marketers, and industry experts.Active since the early ’90s, it currently has $220m under management. To date, EHI has made eight investments bringing technology into the hospitality sector through companies operating in the food and beverage space.

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