Corporate venturing bullishness went on in the summer
Monthly data: July-August 2021
Growing seeds of innovation through strategic corporate venturing
Comment by James Mawson, editor-in-chief, Global Corporate Venturing, Stefan Gabriel, CEO, Hitachi Ventures, Kenichi Funaki, deputy general manager for the corporate venturing office, Hitachi
Japanese innovation ecosystem on the rise
Innovative region: Japan
Telecoms recovering from the pandemic
Sector report: Telecoms
Jeff Herbst, managing partner, GFT Ventures
Last month, Jeff Herbst departed from US-headquartered semiconductor technology provider Nvidia, where he had led its business development activities and corporate venture capital (CVC) unit Nvidia GPU Ventures for two decades starting in 2001.
Semiconductor and AI panel
A Taiwanese industry association and Global Corporate Venturing jointly organised a second semiconductor, artificial intelligence (AI) and quantum computing-themed panel held under Chatham House Rule on July 27, after a similar discussion in late April.
GCV Digital Forum 2021
Feature: GCV Digital Forum 4.0 review
The great Spac mania
Feature: Spacs have emerged as attractive way to score exits but investors recognise the use and abuse of this tool

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Analysis: Freshworks goes public
Alphabet-backed CRM software provider Freshworks went public, boasting a market cap of $13.5bn.
Analysis: Prenetics in a $1.25bn reverse merger
Alibaba and Ping An-backed Prenetics is set to complete a reverse merger at a $1.25bn valuation. Exits from the broader genetics and gene therapeutics space appear to be in the middle of a valuation spike, according to our data.
Analysis: PayPal pays $2.7bn to Paidy
PayPal is to purchase its portfolio company Paidy, a consumer finance service provider. Paidy is part of the wider payment tech space, which has seen an increasing number of exits since last year.
Analysis: Databricks lays out $1.6bn
The data analytics software producer, which counts Alphabet, Salesforce and Amazon among as backers, raised a $1.6bn series H at $38bn valuation. It is a case in point for the upward pressure in valuations of companies from this space which we have been seeing.
Femtech unlocks new opportunities for investors eager to dare
Emerging as a niche at the intersection between healthcare and technology, femtech has rapidly grown and gained momentum, becoming a powerful force set to disrupt the healthcare industry.
Analysis: Large corporate-backed rounds
Last year we saw a record number of corporate-backed rounds sized $100 and above and this year has not been any different, already setting records.

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