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VTT Ventures signs partnership with Research Institute of Tsinghua University in Shenzen (RITS)


VTT Ventures and the Research Institute of Tsinghua University in Shenzhen (RITS) have signed a partnership to support cross-border Venture investments between Finland and China.
RITS has setup a Sino-Euro Technology Exploitation Platform (SETEP). The platform's main objective is to bring European technology to the Chinese markets and vice versa. RITS is seeking investment targets among selected high-growth technology companies in Europe and aims to help such companies enter the Chinese market.

"We first launched the SETEP concept in the UK and are already working with partners such as Oxford University. We are currently extending our reach in Europe and believe that VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and VTT Ventures will make a great addition to our partnerships in the Nordic region. The fact that RITS affiliated Venture funds have already made their first investments in VTT spin-offs Asqella and TactoTek shows that we have made huge progress very quickly," says Dr. Renchen Liu, Head of Department of International Development and Director of European Centre at Research Institute of Tsinghua University in Shenzhen (RITS).

"VTT and RITS can help each other access broader markets and realise higher returns on their investments. Our current portfolio companies have a great deal of complimentary potential in the Chinese market and we are sure that our partnership with RITS will boost the market entry of spin-offs there," says Erkki Aaltonen, Investment Director of VTT Ventures.

VTT Ventures Ltd is a development company owned by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. VTT Ventures Ltd's mission is to focus on extracting value from VTT technology in developing VTT based high-tech companies with international growth potential. The company actively seeks talented and experienced entrepreneurs to champion the commercialisation of its technology. VTT Ventures co-invests in its spin-offs with private investors. VTT Ventures's goal is to stimulate innovation in Finland and to receive a return on its pre-seed and seed capital investments. Its spin-off portfolio includes 20 companies in the start-up phase. Read more:

Shenzhen Leaguer Venture Capital Co., Ltd. is a high-tech venture capital company founded by Research Institute of Tsinghua University in Shenzhen (RITS) in 1999, managing assets of around 4 billion RMB. It is one of the earliest venture investment companies in China, and has invested into nearly 200 companies in China and abroad, out of which 19 became listed. In addition to direct investment, Leaguer also manages around 8 funds. As an innovative investment company that provides comprehensive service for high-tech enterprises, Leaguer VC devotes itself to becoming the leading navigator of China's science and technology innovation services by exploring innovative investment and development modes.



Further information:

Erkki Aaltonen, Investment Director, VTT Ventures Ltd, tel. +358 400 736 783

Antti Sinisalo, CEO, VTT Ventures Ltd, tel. +358 40 524 8751

Dr. Renchen Liu, Director of European Centre at Research Institute of Tsinghua University in Shenzhen (RITS), tel. +44 7775638999