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Corporate venturing deal net: 13-17 January 2020
Each Friday the Global Corporate Venturing Deal Net rounds up the week’s smaller deals and tracks the emerging companies accessing corporate funds.
Gathered Foods nets $32m
Greenleaf Foods invested $5m in the fish substitute producer as part of a series B round that included General Mills' corporate venturing subsidiary, 301.
Jimoty looks to jump to public markets
Opt, NTT Docomo, Lilfull, Japan Best Rescue System and Proto Corporation could exit the classified listings platform, which has received approval for a Tokyo IPO.
Weibo weighs in with Ymatou investment
The cross-border e-commerce marketplace has received an undisclosed eight-figure renminbi amount from Weibo, which will help boost its livestreaming capabilities.
Just Spices savours series B funding
The spice products supplier collected $14.5m from investors including Bitburger Ventures, which joins existing investor Döhler Ventures as a corporate backer.
Xiaohongshu returns to $500m funding talks
The Tencent and Alibaba-backed social commerce platform suspended the dicussions last year but is now retrying for financing at a $6bn valuation.
Casper to bed down in public markets
Target-backed sleep product provider Casper has set a $100m placeholder target for its initial public offering, having been valued at $1.1bn early last year.
Alibaba helps Nice Tuan nick new funding
Alibaba has taken part in an $88.3m round for the community e-commerce platform that came five months after its merger with counterpart Niwoning.

Other News

Inagora draws fresh funding
Investors including SBI and Sugi chipped in to help Inagora, the operator of cross-border e-commerce marketplace Wandou, raise $48.4m.
Line helps TimeBank clock up funding
Line Ventures backed a $36.2m round for AI-equipped e-commerce platform TimeBank that will help the startup acquire new users and partners.
Corporate venturing deal net: 6-10 January 2020
Each Friday the Global Corporate Venturing Deal Net rounds up the week’s smaller deals and tracks the emerging companies accessing corporate funds.
Ant Financial feeds $150m to Zomato
The funding will make up part of a round expected to close at $500m in the next two months and valued the food listings and ordering platform at $3bn.
Olo to order up $300m in IPO
The restaurant management software provider, which counts PayPal among its investors, could reportedly float at a billion-dollar valuation this year.
Trifo cleans up with $15m series B
Trifo, developer of a cleaning-based surveillance system, increased its total funding to $26m in a round that included Yidu Cloud.

Editor's Picks

Peloton pulls itself to billion-dollar IPO
Comcast NBCUniversal and Grace Beauty scored exits as Peloton Interactive floated at the top of its range to raise $1.16bn, getting a further $100m in a private placement.
Naspers reaches Meesho in $125m round
Facebook provided $25m for the social commerce marketplace as part of a Naspers-led round that has been set to value it at up to $650m.
Zomato readies billion-dollar order
Ant Financial is set to lead a round that could value online restaurant listings and ordering platform Zomato at $3bn, while SoftBank looks to rival Swiggy.
Altria agrees $12.8bn Juul investment
E-cigarette brand Juul has overcome internal opposition to agree a $12.8bn investment by Marlboro owner Altria at a $38bn valuation.
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