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Hong Kong-based Lever VC announces RMB 200M Alternative Protein Fund

Lever VC, a U.S. and Hong Kong-based alternative protein venture capital fund, has launched an RMB 200 million (approximately US$28 million) joint investment fund and accelerator, to fund Chinese plant-based and cell-cultivated meat and dairy companies, the firm announced in a statement today.

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[Exclusive] Half of India’s unicorns have Chinese investors. What happens now?

Bengaluru: Even as geopolitical tensions intensify between India and China, the dragon still holds sway over the startup ecosystem, with half of the Indian unicorns backed by Chinese investors.

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補充創科生態缺口 (Innovate for Future邱達根)

IF召集人邱達根建議,港府可考慮運用未來基金,支持本地初創發展。(盧詠賢攝)

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中美基金融資考慮 (海闊天空創投文立)

文立提到,若初創打算在內地上市,宜先考慮人民幣架構基金。(盧詠賢攝)

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Our Investment Framework Post-COVID-19

There’s no doubt that COVID-19 has affected nearly every industry globally.

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10 ways to redesign venture finance for a more inclusive post-COVID world

Impact investing was created to revolutionize capital markets. Instead, we are replicating them. This needs to change. The good news is, the structures we need to reform the capital system already exist.

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Is RBF an alternative to traditional loans and venture capital?

The era of “move fast and break things” looks to be over. Once conducive to unicorns and venture capitalists with a kingmaker bent, this high-growth and high-risk mentality is losing appeal among business owners amid decreasing stock prices and the economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic.

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A new accelerator’s pro-founder solution to investor ‘bad behavior’

For Mikaal Abdulla, founder of Hong Kong-based personal finance startup 8 Securities, raising venture capital can be “miserable,” no thanks to flaky investors who disappear after signing term sheets or indiscreet backers who share confidential data with competitors, just to name a few.

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Is RBF an alternative to traditional loans and venture capital?

The era of “move fast and break things” looks to be over. Once conducive to unicorns and venture capitalists with a kingmaker bent, this high-growth and high-risk mentality is losing appeal among business owners amid decreasing stock prices and the economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic.

An increasingly common alternative is revenue-based financing: loans that are repaid as a percentage of revenue with a cap on the amount repaid or the repayment timeline.  

Adobe Capital in Mexico uses revenue-based debtto allocate capital into growth impact enterprises since 2012. These agreements are convertible to equity based on the amount of debt outstanding. The value to entrepreneurs is that they provide access to less-dilutive risk capital and which doesn’t require follow-on fundraising if the company establishes its cash flow or qualifies for a bank loan. Contrary to traditional debt, the agreements offer flexible payment schedules and initial grace periods well suited to early growth stage social enterprises. 

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