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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. 

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.

Zhongke Turing (CASTuring) was jointly set up by the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institution of Computing Technology, the Beijing Municipal Science & Technology Commission and private VC firms, including Pioneer Investment, in 2019. It provides seed funding and incubation services to businesses from emerging industries deemed as strategically important, including but not limited to chipmaking, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things and big data. 

Bright Success Capital Ltd is a Hong Kong-based family office founded by Hilton Tam who has previously worked at Seagate Technology and Cisco Systems. He specializes in R&D, supply chain processes and consumer electronics manufacturing. Successful investments include Flixibus and N26. The VC manages a portfolio of companies involved in manufacturing and supply chains specifically for hardware components, medical devices, drones and consumer robotics. Its investment focus covers diverse sectors like robotics, fintech, healthcare, enterprise software and deep tech.

Founded in 2015, M25 is an early-stage VC based in Chicago, investing solely in companies headquartered in the US Midwest across tech sectors, almost exclusively at seed stage. It currently has 77 companies in its portfolio and has managed eight exits to date. Its most recent investments include in gaming monetization app Metafy’s $3m seed round in December 2020 and in the $2.7m seed round of mobile online store creation app CASHDROP in August 2020. It invests from $100,000 at the idea stage through to $25m per startup.Im sorry but I dont see that investing in 15 different sectors is actually a focus that is why I put General. it´s mosre like what sectors do they not invest in?

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. 

Founded in 1980, INELCOM is a large Spanish manufacturing company that specializes in hardware, including microelectronics, optoelectronics and digital signal processors. It does not typically invest in tech startups, and, to date, its only declared investment has been in Valencian accessibility hardware and app for the deaf, Visualfy, to which it has contributed pre-seed and seed funding rounds totalling just over €3m. It is the startup’s industrial partner and manufactures its hardware.   

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.

Xiaomi is one of the biggest mobile manufacturers in China and also actively invests in emerging startups. It had backed more than 300 companies as of March 2021, totaling RMB 32.3Bn in book value. Through such investments, the company has already built an ecosystem of the internet of things.

Founded in 2010, WestSummit Capital is a US-focused, growth-stage venture capital fund with a strong presence in Silicon Valley, Beijing, Hong Kong and Dublin. It has a total of over $400m under management, and invests in the mobile, internet, cloud computing, big data and IoT sectors. In 2013, it participated in a Series C $20m investment in Twitch, the world's leading video platform and community for gamers, which was acquired by Amazon in August 2014 for close to $1bn. 

Samsung Venture Investment, or Samsung Ventures, is the VC investment arm of South Korean diversified conglomerate Samsung Group. It is a separate entity from Samsung NEXT.Samsung Ventures primarily invests in semiconductors, telecommunications tech, software and internet companies, as well as biotechnology and medical companies. The VC is built to support new innovations that can lead to further improvements in Samsung’s existing businesses, which includes smartphones, home appliances, and components like OLED panels and Li-ion batteries.Samsung Ventures has invested in healthcare and wellness tech companies like Indonesia’s telehealth service Alodokter, posture correction device makers Posture360, and Noom, an app for dieting and exercise. In the sensors front, Samsung Ventures has invested in Sense Photonics, a startup creating 3D computer vision based on lidar for industrial and automotive (self-driving) purposes. Besides these companies, Samsung Ventures has also invested in insurtech companies and even gaming companies, such as Pokémon Go developer Niantic.

Facebook is a social networking platform founded by Mark Zuckerberg and partners in 2004. It is listed on the NASDAQ exchange under ticker code FB. Throughout its development it has acquired various complementary social media and networking services, such as Instagram and WhatsApp.As an investor, Facebook has invested in a wide range of companies. It invested in and later acquired virtual reality headset developers Oculus, and also invested in e-commerce enabler Meesho. In 2020, it joined Google, Tencent and other major tech investors as an investor in Gojek.

SoftBank Ventures Asia, founded in 2000, is a subsidiary of SoftBank Korea and part of the SoftBank Group. It is SoftBank’s early stage venture arm, with a geographical focus in Asia, the US, Europe and Israel. It was previously known as SoftBank Ventures Korea.SoftBank Ventures Asia links early-stage startups with SoftBank’s wider network of partners and businesses, which include Yahoo Japan and Alibaba (both of which SoftBank has stakes in), components manufacturers ARM and nVidia, and Indonesian e-commerce platform Tokopedia, which SoftBank has invested in. Outside of its focus areas of AI, robotics and IoT, SoftBank Ventures has invested in companies like sports analytics company bepro11, telehealth service Alodokter, and property rental management Mamikos.

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.

Yangtze Delta Region Research Institute of Tsinghua University, Zhejiang was co-founded by the provincial government of Zhejiang and Tsinghua University in 2003 for tech transfer. It has set up over 50 R&D platforms in the areas of life sciences, digital creativity, information technology and ecological environment and 11 offshore incubators in the US, UK, Germany and Australia. The institute manages over RMB 7.5bn of assets and also makes investments through its sub-funds with a total size of more than RMB 10bn. So far, it has incubated and invested in over 2,500 companies, 35 of whom have gone public or been acquired by listed companies.

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