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Li Ka-shing shows strong backing for Hong Kong’s fintech sector with MioTech funding

Monday, October 16, 2017

(SCMP by Bien Perez)Horizons Ventures, Li’s private investment arm, leads US$7m initial funding round for MioTech, a provider of artificial intelligence to asset management firms.

Li Ka-shing, Hong Kong’s richest man, has given his strong backing to the city’s fast-growing financial technology start-up sector by investing in MioTech, a specialist provider of artificial intelligence (AI) for investors.

Horizons Ventures, Li’s private investment arm, led a US$7 million Series A funding round for MioTech, one of just a few Chinese tech companies in the firm’s portfolio.

The deal represents a major pivot for Horizons after it had largely focused on high-profile tech investments overseas, especially in the United States and Israel.

“We have invested in seven to eight fintech companies globally, including banks, insurance tech and asset management enterprises,” said a Horizons Ventures spokeswoman.

Some of Li’s highest-profile investments have been made through his namesake charitable foundation and later, via Horizons Ventures. These include social network behemoth Facebook, music-streaming service Spotify, augmented reality giant Meta and video gaming systems maker Razer.


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