China Digest: E-commerce platform Yunji raises $120m, Shenzhen Capital backs Formlabs’ $30m round

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Chinese investors continue to pour money into startups, with e-commerce platform Yunji raising $120 million in a Series B round from CDH Investment and Huaxing Growth Capital and Shenzhen Capital Group backing a $30-million Series C round in Formlabs.

E-commerce platform Yunji raises $120m in Series B

Yunji, a Chinese e-commerce platform focused on online retailers, has raised $120 million in a Series B funding round co-led by CDH Investment and Huaxing Growth Capital, according to a China Money Network report.

Founded in 2015, Yunji targets small and medium distribution sellers, who have lost their competitive advantage, by helping them establish and maintain their platforms, the company said.

The company raised about $36.1 million in a Series A round led by Crescent Point Capital and joined by Eastern Bell Venture Capital in 2016.

Xiao Shangluo, founder and CEO of Yunji, was quoted in the report as saying that the company will use the latest funds to further integrate the company’s upstream supply chain and improve its AI and Big Data infrastructure.

Yunji also seeks to enhance regional logistics and warehousing capabilities, and empower more small and micro entrepreneurial groups in the field of social e-commerce.

Shenzhen Capital backs $30m round in US 3D printing firm Formlabs

US-based 3D printing firm Formlabs has raised $30 million in a Series C funding round led by Tyche Partners and backed by Shenzhen Capital Group, UpNorth Investment Limited, and existing investors, according to a company statement.

The fundraising comes as Formlabs, designer and manufacturer of powerful and accessible 3D printing systems, seeks to broaden its product portfolio and scale operations to meet increasing demand in China and Asia.

“For many years, China has been catching up in manufacturing capabilities to the U.S. and Europe, but recently it has matched or surpassed in many areas. Chinese manufacturers will be critical to figuring out how to adopt 3D printing into higher volume manufacturing applications,” said Max Lobovsky, co-founder and CEO of Formlabs.

Formlabs is headquartered in Boston, with offices in Germany, Japan, and China. It was founded in 2011 by a team of engineers and designers from the MIT Media Lab and Center for Bits and Atoms.

The Series C round brings the total investment to date to $85 million, the company revealed.

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Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.