Analysis: Northvolt gets $2.75bn recharge
Lithium-ion battery provider Northvold has obtained its latest financing via a private placement co-led by Volkswagen and also backed by Scania.
IT sub-sector: Neo4j raises $325m
Neo4j, a US-based provider of graph-centric database and related products, has raised $325m at a more than $2bn valuation in its series F round led by France-based private equity firm Eurazeo.
May deals rise 30% on last year
Monthly analysis: May 2021
Corporates journey to South Africa
Innovative region: South Africa
Life sciences sector gives hope and continues to grow
Sector report: Healthcare
BAT unveils corporate venture capital arm
BAT is vying to become a leader in the on-the-go wellbeing and stimulation space through a new corporate venturing unit that has been quietly investing in the space since last summer.
Analysis: Nubank deposits additional $750m
Berkshire Hathaway led a second tranche of a series G round, raised by Nubank, a Tencent-backed virtual bank based in Brazil, at a $30bn valuation.
Analysis: Etsy acquires Depop
Etsy is to acquire the Gen Z-focused social commerce platform Depop, giving an exit to Lumar. The transaction and its large size may be indicative of a potential momentum for exits from emerging enterprises in this space.

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Analysis: Riiid raises $175m from SoftBank
AI-based online tutor developer Riiid raised a sizeable $175m round from SoftBank. Riiid is part of the broader edtech space, which has been given much attention by corporate investors in recent years.
Sub-sector: care provision and on demand services
The gamification of life continues, just updated for the modern world it seems.
Analysis: Valmont to acquire Prospera
Crop monitoring technology developer Prospera is to be acquired by Valmont Industries in a $300m deal, giving exits to Tekfen Ventures, Cisco Investments and Qualcomm Ventures.
New highs in April
Monthly analysis: April 2021
How Evox is engineering a new class of therapeutics
Spinouts always operate, by their very nature, on the cutting edge of science, but every once in a while, one comes along that could prove truly transformational by inventing an entirely new field.
Israel ushers in innovation and technology
Innovative region: Israel

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