Lightspeed China Raises $920M for New Funds, Adds Five Partners
Lightspeed China Partners, the China-focused vehicle of Lightspeed Venture Partners, said Tuesday it has closed the largest fundraising rounds in its history.
The new injection came under three years after its last raise in early 2019.
The capital went towards two funds: Lightspeed China Partners V with $460 million for early-stage startups and Lightspeed China Partners Select II with $460 million for growth-stage opportunities.
Lightspeed Venture Partners, rooted in Silicon Valley, started in 1999 and has gradually extended its footprint to Israel, India, Europe, Southeast Asia and China, where it began investing in 2006.
Lightspeed China has since built up a local investment team like its counterparts IDG and Sequoia.
We’ve written some of its growth-stage portfolio companies, including Hesai, a major lidar maker in China, Laiye, which aspires to be China’s Uipath, and Starfield.
Starfield is one of the meat replacement startups that have emerged in China recently.
Alongside its landmark raise, Lightspeed China also added five new partners. Jia Zhu, Francis Kao and Jason Wang were promoted to partners.
It also brought in two new partners — Wei Cai, who was previously responsible for Alibaba’s investment in deep tech, and Daniel Sun, who jointly led investments in the consumer and TMT sectors at the China Renaissance New Economy Fund.
The firm’s two new funds were “oversubscribed”, which is “evidence of the strong support garnered from returning and new institutional limited partners across the U.S., Europe and Asia,” said James Mi.
He helped Google build its China offshoot before founding Lightspeed China.
“As our society is facing the significant challenges of climate change and inequality, we believe it is important to focus on startup companies with innovative products and services that can bring positive impact to the world,” said Mi.