Horizons Ventures

Horizons Ventures

Horizons Ventures is a venture capital firm headquartered in Hong Kong, Hong Kong founded by Li Ka-shing, Debbie Chang, and Solina Chau in 1999 investing in disruptive technology companies.

Horizons Ventures is a venture capital firm making seed, early stage, and late stage capital investments in disruptive technology companies. The firm was founded in 1999 by Mr. Li Ka-shing, Debbie Chang, and Solina Chau, and is headquartered in Hong Kong, Hong Kong. Horizons ventures invests primarily in technology, media, and telecommunication companies. Notable companies invested in by Horizon Ventures include: DeepMind, Dollar Shave Club, Siri, Facebook, Slack, Impossible Foods, Perfect Day Foods, Skype, and Spotify.

In February 2012 an investor syndicate purchased the interest of the Small Business Administration in Horizon Ventures Fund II resulting in Horizon Ventures no longer being subject to SBA regulations and changing the focus of the firm into liquidating their investments portfolio. Horizon Ventures is no longer making new investments.

Investments

As of September 2019, Horizon Ventures has made 192 investments, lead 86 investments, and have made 26 exits. Notable exits made by Horizon Ventures include: Facebook, Spotify, Scotty Labs, Slack, Waze, Razer, and Magisto.

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Funded Companies

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Facebook

A social media and social networking service company.

Synthace is a software company based out of London, UK building automation software that gives biologists the ability to control and analyze the performance of lab hardware.

Impossible Foods is a plant-based meat company making meat and dairy products that are made to look and feel like animal products by manufacturing heme, the oxygen binding molecule found in blood, using engineered yeast grown in bioreactors.

Just, Inc. (formerly known as Hampton Creek) is a food technology company developing and selling plant based food products around the world.

Perfect Day Foods (formerly Muufri) engineered yeast capable of producing the proteins found in cows milk. They use these proteins to make their own line of animal-free dairy products.

Modern Meadow is a biotechnology company using cellular agriculture and biofabrication to manufacture bioleather, "Zoa", out of cultured animal free collagen mixed with natural and man made materials.

A computer software company providing remote conferencing services to businesses and organizations. Zoom is a San Jose, California-based company founded in 2011 by Eric S. Yuan.

N26 is a is a mobile banking company headquartered in Berlin, Germany.

InteraXon develops and produces brain-sensing technology such as the Muse headband, an EEG device that interprets mental activity and aims to help with meditation and promote calmness.

Company developing software for quantum technologies

DeepMind is an artificial intelligence company creating programs which use deep neural networks to teach themselves how to play a variety of games like Go and chess.

LeoLabs is a a company that is interested in protecting satellites that are in low-Earth orbit

A company that specializes in remote video analytics. It is located in London, England and was founded in 2016.

Evolve Biosystems is a company developing a consumer product, Evivo, that improves infants' gut health.

A Boston-based emotion measurement technology company developing computer vision, machine learning, and deep learning technology.

Owlstone Medical is a diagnostic medical device company developing non-invasive diagnostics such as breathalyzers for cancer, inflammatory disease and infectious disease.

A spin-out of SRI International in California that focuses on reinventing the driving experience.

Bevi is a Boston-based company founded by Frank Lee, Sean Grundy and Eliza Becton.

Traity is a company founded by José Ignacio Fernández, Borja Martín and Juan Cartagena.

Demetrix is a biotechnology company that uses genes found in natural medicines and introduces them to domesticated microbes, for example, the synthetic production of certain chemicals. Demetrix was founded by Dr Haseltine and Jay Keasling.

Algama is a company that produces microalgae-based foods and ingredients for chemicals, cosmetics, nutrition, and health.

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Cloudalize raises €5 million in Series A funding led by Horizons Ventures

Luisa Sieveking

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Horizons Ventures backs AI startup Fano Labs in first Hong Kong investment

Jon Russel

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Li Ka-shing And Horizons Ventures: The Making of A Venture Powerhouse

Shu-Ching Jean Chen

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Baobab

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Bitstrips

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Chromadex

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Core Photonics

Cortica

Deepmind

Digital Currency Group

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Dollar Shave Club

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Evolve

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Meagan Simpson
June 1, 2020
BetaKit
Spiderwort, an Ottawa-based healthtech and biomaterials startup, has raised a seed round of funding at $3.4 million CAD ($2.5 million USD).
Juliet Shwe Gaung
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Synthace Ltd, a cloud based platform that helps improve the success rate of biological research closed a $25.6m in a Series B financing round led by Hong Kong-based Horizons Ventures.

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