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Corporate Venturer

Bessemer recruits M12’s Robinson
Elliott Robinson, who was one of GCV’s 2019 Rising Stars, has resigned from his partner role at M12 to assume a growth equity investor position at Bessemer Venture Partners.
SEB pitches stall at Fairpoint
SEB has formed a venture capital vehicle, Fairpoint Capital, to invest in B2B-focused startups out of a $97m fund with ex-SEB Venture Capital president Frederick Johansson as its head.
Berg bids goodbye to GM Ventures
Joshua Berg has departed GM Ventures, where he had been an investment manager, to pursue new opportunities in the automotive corporate venturing space.
Curefit creates $5m health food incubator
Curefit has set up an incubator that is expected to invest $5m in up to 10 packaged health food and organic product startups in the next two years.
Amatil X ventures into Indonesia
Coca-Cola Amatil has ushered its accelerator program, Amatil X, into Indonesia to invest in startups specialising in on-demand delivery, distribution optimisation, in-store analytics and sustainable packaging.
Interview: Innogy Innovation Hub
Innogy Innovation Hub is seeking additional LPs as it begins to look toward a second fund, having already moved to a purer investment model.
Fung bids farewell to JD.com
Ernest Fung, a GCV Rising Star this year, announced this week that he has departed from JD.com where he spent more than four years as head of international corporate development.
Pearson Ventures appears with $50m
Pearson has launched a $50m fund called Pearson Ventures to invest in innovative educational technology, as a successor to its Affordable Learning Fund.

Other News

Ruggeri rocks up to Kamay Ventures
Gabriela Ruggeri, a managing partner of Overboost who was selected as one of GCV’s 2016 Rising Stars, joined Arcor and Coca-Cola Argentina’s joint corporate venturing endeavour, Kamay Ventures, in March.
Interview: Maisie Devine, AB InBev
GCV’s Robin Brinkworth spoke to Maisie Devine, who runs AB InBev’s 100-plus Accelerator, on sustainable investing, developing markets, and what blockchain can offer Zambia’s farmers.
Interview: Paul Bernard, Amazon Alexa Fund
GCV’s Robin Brinkworth spoke to the Amazon Alexa Fund’s lead, Paul Bernard, about supporting Alexa, hardware versus software, and how Alexa is aiming for ubiquity.
InMotion heads to The Out
Jaguar Land Rover's corporate VC unit has diversified from its external investments to launch a car rental service in London called The Out.
SoftBank builds Latin American investment team
SoftBank has tapped three executives to help run its $5bn Latin America-focused fund, with Paulo Passoni and Shu Nyatta to work alongside managing partner André Maciel.
RMG enlarges FutuRx fund to $64m
RMGP Biopharma Investment Fund has added $34m to reach a final close for a vehicle that will back startups developed by the Johnson & Johnson and Takeda-backed FutuRx incubator.

Editor's Picks

Interview: Innogy Innovation Hub
Innogy Innovation Hub is seeking additional LPs as it begins to look toward a second fund, having already moved to a purer investment model.
Pfizer’s Jones to retire
Elaine Jones, vice-president at pharmaceutical company Pfizer’s corporate venture capital unit, has shared highlights of her career with GCV ahead of her departure in April.
Lifetime award: Barbara Dalton, Pfizer
After a quarter of a century of healthcare investing, Barbara Dalton, senior managing partner of Pfizer Ventures, has won the Global Corporate Venturing Lifetime Achievement Award 2019.
Unit of the Year: Salesforce Ventures
Among the many news released by Salesforce Ventures last year, the unit announced in early December two new $100m funds in Canada and Japan, both aiming to boost startup innovation that is part of the global Salesforce ecosystem.
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