Fresh Capital, known for investments in the tech-driven consumer industry and circular economy, announced on Monday the first closing of its new RMB-denominated fund at over 600 million yuan ($93 million).
The firm plans to make the final close of the proposed fund by the end of 2021, per a WeChat post.
The capital for its new fund has been so far raised from limited partners (LPs) such as government funds, funds of funds, industry funds and family offices, among others.
Fresh Capital’s second RMB fund, which was launched in July 2020, has made two investments to date. Earlier this year, in January, Fresh Capital joined hands with private equity fund Yitang Changhou to invest in online video giant IQiyi’s virtual reality equipment arm.
Prior to that, in September 2020, Fresh Capital participated in the Series E+ round of JD.com-backed recycling operator Wanwu Xinsheng (formerly known as Aihuishou). The company raised over $100 million in the said round.
Fresh Capital is betting big on startups in the tech-driven consumer industry and circular economy.
Fresh Capital raised its maiden RMB fund at 530 million yuan ($82 million) in July 2019. Around the same time, it also set up its first USD-denominated fund.
Fresh Capital was set up in 2017 by Steven Hu and Xiao Xiao who have had worked with Chinese global cross-border PE firm Cathay Capital. The firm specialises in early and mid-stage investments.