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Corporates drive $1.46bn ride hailing venture
Alibaba, Chongqing Changan Automobile, Dongfeng Motor, FAW, Suning and Tencent have joined forces to form a $1.46bn vehicle that will invest in the on-demand ride space.
Corporate-backed NewMargin edges to $187m
The investment firm, which counts several corporates as backers, has completed the first close for a fund with a $1.48bn target, following commitments from China Everbright Trust and two state-backed funds.
Starbucks pours $100m into Valor fund
Valor Siren Ventures I has signed up Starbucks as a cornerstone investor as it seeks to close its fund at $400m to back food and retail technology developers.
OSF Ventures coasts to LRVHealth fund
OSF Ventures, OSF Healthcare's corporate venturing unit, has backed healthcare-focused VC firm LRVHealth's fourth fund, which had set a $100m target for close.
True Incube and Line Games back gaming fund
Subsidiaries of True Corporation and Line are among the founders that have provided $22.7m in capital for a private equity fund that will invest in gaming technology startups.
Axeleo flexes muscle with $51m corporate-backed fund
The enterprise technology accelerator operator has amassed $51m for its debut fund, from limited partners including Vinci Energies, Crédit Agricole and BNP Paribas.
Hanwha goes through Golden Gate for $200m fund
Hanwha's investment management arm has joined VC firm Golden Gate Ventures for a series B-stage fund that has already raised $80m.
Line allocates $20m to ScaleUp
Line's corporate venturing unit, Line Ventures, will invest $20m through its ScaleUp post-accelerator, which targets Thailand-based startups.

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Schumacher seeks results from 55 Catalyst
BCG Digital founder Jeff Schumacher has formed a decentralised technology investment vehicle that also counts ex-GM Ventures partner Jason Nolte as a founder.
Hawthorne catches Cargill for new role
Peter Hawthorne, who oversaw corporate venturing deals for Cargill during a 12-year stint at the agribusiness, has joined Paine Schwartz Partners as operating director.
Corporates favour Franklin for $100m Wisconn fund
Jason Franklin has been appointed managing partner of Wisconn Valley Venture Fund, which is equipped with $100m from Advocate Aurora, Foxconn, Johnson Controls and Northwestern Mutual.
Ripple and Forte form $100m gaming fund
Forte and the digital payments provider will use the fund to target game developers looking to create more profitable in-game economies through blockchain technology.
Lear clears investment in Maniv Mobility fund
Lear Innovation Ventures, a subsidiary of Lear Corporation, has backed the mobility-focused VC firm's latest fund, joining Alliance Ventures as a limited partner.
DuPont unites with U First in partnership
DowDuPont’s electronics and imaging subsidiary has picked U First to identify internet-of-things and artificial intelligence investments.

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WarnerMedia Investments closes book on deals
WarnerMedia Investments, the corporate venturing unit formerly known as Time Warner Investments, has reportedly shut while managing director Allison Goldberg has left the company.
Fund in the News: National Grid Partners
NGP's Lisa Lambert has spoken to Global Corporate Venturing about the unit's investment parameters, the need for disruptive investments in the energy sector and the priorities when hiring for a new corporate venturing fund.
Salesforce Ventures sends $100m to Japanese fund
Salesforce Ventures has followed the formation of a $100m Canadian fund in May by investing a further $100m in Japan Trailblazer Fund.
Schneider Electric recharges corporate VC vehicle
The corporate has resurrected the Schneider Electric Ventures unit it folded into Aster in 2010 and will invest up to $565m through the vehicle.
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