Sinovation Ventures, the firm founded by ex-Google Inc. China head Kai-Fu Lee, has raised a 4.5 billion yuan ($674 million USD) for two separate currency funds that will target AI, enterprise software and entertainment content startups in China and the U.S.

It comes has the country is experiencing what has been dubbed a capital ‘winter’, spurring firms to shore up cash reserves and seek out more risk-averse investments.

Previously known as Innovation Works, Sinovation Ventures oversees around 300 startups, with a special focus on the Chinese market. Founder Kai-Fu Lee previously served as Google’s China head, as well as holding an executive role at Microsoft Corp.

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Cate Cadell

Cate is a tech writer. She worked as a journalist in Australia, Mongolia and Myanmar. You can reach her (in Chinese or English) at: @catecadell or catecadell@technode.com